8 Gallon Biocube new pics of residents 6-27-12, post 22
I am planning shrimp and dwarf corydoras for this tank. I am thinking either mosses or Crypts and Anubias for plants.
I made a few modifications to the tank. I removed the filtration area in back.
I removed one of the bulb assemblies, including all of the wiring, and the moon lights. I cut out the back to put a external filter, an Aquaclear 30, and bought an air driven internal filter and pirated the foam block from it to prevent the shrimp and fish from getting sucked into the filter.
I intend to use the 2 pieces of wood and the petrified wood in the scape. I will use the substrate that was in the tank before after first giving it a good rinsing. It is substrate from Aquariumplants.com. The dead coral will not be part of the scape. I am not planning on any CO2 at this time.
I suspect this will be a slow build as I intend to wait for the wood to water log.
I changed my mind on the canopy and have hung it over the tank. The light is about 15" above the gravel.
Here is a crappy look at the hardscape. I have bacterial cloudiness from the wood I believe leaching tannins and the tank cycling. I have the Aquaclear on the right side stuffed with carbon to remove the tannins for now. I have put a Whisper 10 on as the main filtration for the tank. I bought 2 4 1/4 square bathroom tiles for $.16 each at HD to attach to the wood and keep it in place. I am hoping in a couple of days for the water to clear and give a better view of the hardscape.
They are pretty neat. A very nice AIO tank. You only need to add a Heater. Lighting is too strong for a planted tank without good CO2 dosing with the stock 2 bulb PC lighting. Return pump is plenty strong for a planted tank also.
Why did you decide to gut it?
I find java moss grows great in my sons 14 biocube. No co2. I only run the one light 24 watt 10k. I do use the 24 watt acintic light but I don't think their is a benefit to the plants. Just brightens the tank. His tank will be 4 years old in july.