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post #302 of 363 (permalink) Old 05-21-2013, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Both tanks are chugging along and look pretty much the same, save berried females everywhere. Have done a couple moss trims and now, mysteriously, both tanks are backed with moss. Gonna have to do a major trim this week.

Guess I should take some photos for updates, as well.
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Just trimmed the tank a couple weeks ago. Look how crazy it already looks:



Have no idea how moss ends up on the substrate like that, either.
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I seriously love the dimensions of this tank... Doubt it's being sold anywhere locally Your tanks look awesome though, really inspiring me to set up something similar if I can find a tank like it:O
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I seriously love the dimensions of this tank... Doubt it's being sold anywhere locally Your tanks look awesome though, really inspiring me to set up something similar if I can find a tank like it:O
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Thanks. I think they look fairly decent when I keep the moss trimmed. Just grows way too quickly for me to keep up lately.

As mentioned above, there are quite a few places to source the tanks. Any local shop that carries Deep Blue Professional or can order DBP will be able to hook you up. If it's just the dimensions you're after, Mr. Aqua produces a similarly-sized rimless tank (for 2-3 times the price).

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Even with an untrimmed tank, it looks amazing to me. lol MABJ & yourself have convinced me to get my own 3G long in the very near future. Just gotta decide on what filter (zoo med 501 or AC20) and substrate to use (black diamond sand?) and I'll be somewhat set:P Gotta keep a low budget on this tank.
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Hmm I should have suggested that you in my PM that you talk to Nubster. He has a low to the ground tank with an AC20.

I think if you boil some black diamond sand you will be fine. But I seem to recall a thread bouncing around in the past 24 hours that had to do with black diamond sand. You might find that.

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Jake seems like to like the AC20 in his 3G long so that's what drew me to that. But you're drawing me to the Zoo Med. lol Choices, choices, choices. Rightnow I think I'll go AC20 for price.

If anything, I could use turface again, but it's ugly. lol I was looking at substratesource's black lava rock and sands but idk if I can pull another $23
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Yep! I appreciate the Zoomed. I know Jake likes his for smaller tanks.

AC20 will take some modification, but we can always help.

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I like ZooMed stuff just fine. But for the price? AC20 beats it every time. And replacement parts are super-cheap and easy to find. The ZooMed works well if you have space beside or behind the tank to stash the filter.

If I was going to use a canister on this tank, I'd get an Eheim 2211 because it's not much more expensive in the long run and flow is adjustable.

If you go with the AC, you'll only need a Dremel cutting tool or a cheap hacksaw blade to cut the U tube down to size. Replacements just cost a buck or two so you can easily pick up a backup tube if you're worried about messing up.
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One of the tanks in the midst of a messy moss trim:



Tons of fun.
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The tank looks great! Shrimps as well! What's your secret on how you get your moss to grow like this?
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Thanks - it looks much better now that the water has cleared up and I've removed the random moss bits. Will snap a few photos later.

Secret? There's no secret. Just super glue a bunch of moss to a piece of wood and put it in your tank. Trim it when it gets to be too much for the tank. The least complicated aquascaping I've ever done.
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Some updated photos:



Still have a bit of moss cleanup work to do.

This one just molted:



Digging holes:



Hiding beneath an Indian Almond Leaf:

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