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post #106 of 363 (permalink) Old 07-05-2012, 04:23 AM
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lol that's a boatload of moss.

BTW I'm blaming you for the onslaught of new tanks I'm gonna get. I my mind set on a 45-F, but I'm gonna wait for a couple of months because............I'm getting this tank by mid july....

I'm gonna go for the risky and either use OEBT or BKK's on this little tank. Seems like a couple of importers are bringing TB's at $30 a piece! Mischlings are also tempting.

I really need to stop copycatting you......not trying to but it seems like I became obsessed with these type of dimensions a month after you....all started cause of my 12 gallon long.....
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Could get some female Mischling and BKK/Shadow males. That's in fact what I'm doing with this little tank. Maybe. If I can do it without the other half finding out.

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post #108 of 363 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 03:56 PM
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I just picked up this tank today............contemplating creating a small ugf with this thing attached to a ac20, dunno if it's possible with the small height though.

It's gonna house red tigers
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Hey Jake, what was the LFS where you got this? I might try to stop by next week and pick one up if it's on the way...

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
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Not sure an under gravel filter is ideal for a tank like this. Especially with the small amount of substrate you'll have in it. Probably not worth the effort.

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I just picked up this tank today............contemplating creating a small ugf with this thing attached to a ac20, dunno if it's possible with the small height though.

It's gonna house red tigers
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Not sure an under gravel filter is ideal for a tank like this. Especially with the small amount of substrate you'll have in it. Probably not worth the effort.
hmm sounds like truth lmao. Yeah I was looking and meh I'm too lazy and it's too hot outside to go to home depot.

I'm feeling cheap and I was wondering if you think a deep blue t5 will be too much for this tank. I can get one of those at the LFS for $20. I was contemplating just putting it right above the tank.

Did you end up getting a cover for the tank?
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You definitely can't do T5 unless you raise it up 6-8 inches above the tank.

No cover, though the tank comes with one and several dividers that can also be used as covers.
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You definitely can't do T5 unless you raise it up 6-8 inches above the tank.

No cover, though the tank comes with one and several dividers that can also be used as covers.
Dangggg maybe I can stick a piece of paper in between the bulb and the acrylic cover? lol

How much and where did you get your led?
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I think my lighting decision started around post 13 or 14 of this journal. Just a standard BeamsWork Single Bright fixture for something like $35 on eBay.

For a tank that's so short, it's really easy to go overboard with the lighting.
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I think my lighting decision started around post 13 or 14 of this journal. Just a standard BeamsWork Single Bright fixture for something like $35 on eBay.

For a tank that's so short, it's really easy to go overboard with the lighting.
Yeah my focus won't be on lighting at all. It's just so I can see into the tank and grow some moss.....so even low light is fine....trying to find a cheap option...maybe something at walmart or home depot even.

Did you use an intake strainer along with the u tube for the ac20? or did you just stick the sponge onto the u tube. I tried it with the strainer intake tube and it's a bit too long.....did you jack it up somehow?
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From post 45:

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You'll likely need to cut the intake pipe with a Dremel tool or hacksaw but that's the only real modification necessary. I also cut part of the intake strainer down so I could pull the sponge up a bit higher.
The tubes are cheap so you can cut them down to size easily.
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Did a little trim today and removed a literal pound of floaters. Now they're everywhere:



One more moss trim session and the wood will look amazing. Really happy with this little tank.

Tank stand is looking empty with the Ebi retired:



Will be placing a piece of wood on the top and a 45-F will go there.

And I won't lie. I kinda want to buy another one of these 3gal tanks to put on the bottom shelf. Guess I need to sell a bunch of shrimp food before that happens.
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I've thoroughly enjoyed reading through the 8 pages of this journal, thank you. The tank looks great and is a very unique shape.

Question on the fixture, seems like a good deal price/light wise, would you suggest it for use on a 5.5gal? Currently just have a CFL in the stock hood and having issues with light reaching all parts of the tank.
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Definitely not. It's only suited for this tank because it's so shallow. It's still really low light.

There are tons of fixtures that would work with a standard 5.5gal tank, though.

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I really appreciate you being so generous with the advice and attention to detail in your threads. I just picked up a Spec 2g and have already ordered some fluval shrimp stratum and will be starting my own tank - learning a lot in the mean time from your posts. It's great you're not far from me, I can see making a trip down in a month or so to pick up some shrimp and food to help fund another one of these tanks for your collection -haha.
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