Looks like I'm going to have another 20L joining this tank.
Selling one of my office buildings so I have to shut down a bunch of tanks. I'll have about 20-30 CRS that I've "rescued" from people over the years so I figure I should bring them home. Can set them up in a spare 20L I've got with Akadama and moss. Have three spare double sponge filters (like the ones on this tank) and a spare Hydro sponge that I could stick in the tank. Don't really want to drop $100 on a new Eheim so surely a few sponges will do the trick.
I've never been a fan of CRS in my home tanks but have recently developed an affinity for CBS. Maybe the CRS will grow on me and I can enjoy my breeding populations at the office more.
This is the shelf system I am using. Current 20L is on the bottom shelf. Surely it'll hold another 20L about 4/5ths filled? Entire unit is rated to hold 1750lbs. A filled tank will be just under 200lbs. It's in my bedroom so I don't want an ugly wood & steel unit. I've got ten of the smaller units holding Ebis and 5.5gal tanks in my office so I know they're tough. Just unnecessary worrying.
Shutting down some 2.5gal tanks and did this last night...
Ignore the dirty glass:
Had some leftover Akadama from filling a new 20L. Have a few Red Sea Nano HOBs that are currently running on other tanks (have them doubled up so I can remove one without a problem) that I can use.
Maybe I should get it going and keep snails and a few mutt RCS culls in it. That way it's ready for any undesirable crystals mine throw at me? It's so small that I don't want more than 5-10 shrimp in it tops.
What the heck should I use this for? Should I use it? Guess we'll find out.
Now to go on the hunt for some nice driftwood or manzanita for the new 20L.
All the white spots from super glue gel will eventually be covered up, thankfully.
Swapped four unused sponges from this tank with four used sponges in my RCS tank, added Nutrafin Cycle, 2.25ml ammonia, used about half RO/DI water and half tap (because I didn't have enough of either ready to put in the tank - will only use RO/DO once cycled) and turned on the light fixture.
Added 8 Anubias nana tied to black lava rock. Not sure how I feel about them just yet because they're not as cool as nana 'petite'… maybe stash them behind pieces of wood a bit and put moss-covered lava rock in front?
Have at least a baseball amount or more of moss left. Gonna tie a bunch to several chunks of lava rock and stash them in front of the sponge filters once I recover from the millions of hours it took to glue moss to wood.
P.S. to all the folks who were concerned (or laughing) about my usage of four double sponge filters in my 20Ls... I have never, ever seen water so crystal clear. Not even in a 20L running two Eheim 2213s with Purigen and filter floss in pre-filters.
I am definitely doing this more often with these cheap Chinese sponges.
The cloudiness in the pic with Akadama? Cleared up in under a minute.
Now I have no idea why I was nervous about keeping more sensitive shrimp without a canister.