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post #16 of 172 (permalink) Old 07-06-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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$85. But it's just $110 for the 60. 12gal long gives you a lot of options when it comes to scape and shrimp with its length and volume. Also likely cheaper to get it to your door than it is to get a 45-F before shipping. Love my Mr. Aqua, even though it's not ADA glass.

I've got a bunch of Fissidens I should use. Thanks for reminding me!

Am looking forward to seeing how PFS looks in a shallow tank like this.
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post #17 of 172 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Have been thinking about the 2213 and am concerned about the amount of flow - even from a DIY spray bar. I chose it for my Ebi because it's powerful enough to push water down to the substrate to provide flow for carpeting plants. On a much more shallow tank, though, it could be a hot mess.

I'm sure I could temper flow with the quick disconnects and/or find some sort of small lily pipe set but really prefer the spray bar method. Primarily because it allows for much more surface agitation which leads to better cooling for shrimp.

Any thoughts? Anyone use a 2213 on a shallow tank like this?

Worst case scenario, I'll pick up a 2211.
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where do you plan on picking up your filter? local LFS or online? any sources i could look at as well, im setting up two 20gL and was just going to go sponge but i might want to scape them and have a clean look

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They're available at nearly every aquarium retailer on the web. Check with forum sponsors first and then the usual suspects. Big Al's, Foster & Smith, Pet Mountain, That Fish Place, Petco, PetSmart, Amazon, et al.

2211 definitely won't cut it for a 20gal tank. 2213 won't either, honestly, You'd have to go with a 2215 or 2217.
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It's been a hot minute since I've updated.

Finally sold off some Cherry Shrimp, sold my Ebi to another forum member and now have room for the new tank. But I'm torn!

Love the look of the pool filter sand I've got but also enjoy ADA Amazonia (and similar substrates). Since my plan is to house BTOE, I'm leaning toward sand.

Guess time will tell what I decide use.
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Inching closer and closer to setting things up.

I've got a nice piece of wood, as you can see above. But just ordered two small pieces of driftwood from AquaCave so I have a couple more options when scaping.
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Inching closer and closer to setting things up.

I've got a nice piece of wood, as you can see above. But just ordered two small pieces of driftwood from AquaCave so I have a couple more options when scaping.
I really like that piece of wood, what do the others look like?
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Won't know until the shipment arrives.

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what do the others look like?
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Nice plans Jake, I'm looking forward to this build!
Seems shallow is the new thing, been seeing more and more of them.


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I'm looking forward to it, as well!

If only I could, you know, not work and just do tank stuff all day. Then I would have this thing going in no time flat. Heh.

I'm definitely a fan of shallow tanks for shrimp.
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The pieces are nice but they're rather small/short. If I can get my hands on a nice stump that's 5"-6" tall, they'll make the perfect arrangement.

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Really do love it. It would be great in a tank like my 3gal. Just need more height to create some drama in the 45-F.

Anybody have leads on some cool-looking wood? Maybe a stump that'll be suitable?

I also broke down and ordered some manzanita with the bark still on it. Guess I should place an order with Tom Barr, as well. Can never have too many goodies for tanking.
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Got some new wood from Tom Barr today:





Guess it's safe to say I've got endless options!
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How's the planning/scraping going, Jake?

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
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post #29 of 172 (permalink) Old 10-25-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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I've got a bunch of wood possibilities worked out and am debating the final plant selection. Some of them ar arriving this week.

Also decided to order an Eheim 2211 to serve as the filter.

On the flip, I have two 20x10x6 acrylic tanks I'm toying with.
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