33 Gallon Mr. Aqua Dry Start Method - First Planted Tank
I haven't had a tank in over 20 years, wow have things changed. I recently set up a 12 gallon Fluvial Edge and got the planted tank bug. After much research I decided on a Mr. Aqua frameless 33 gallon. I'll do my best to capture the build but I'm as new to online journaling as I am to planted tanks. My first post helped me sort out getting the proper equipment and I was ready to fill it up and just go for it till I read about the dry start method (DSM) aka emersed start up.
Tank - Mr Aqua 33.6 frameless availability and shipping costs drove the decision to go with this brand over other similar sized options
Stand Custom made When I bought my tank I had no clue how hard it would be to locate a stand with the correct dimensions. Orlando of GLA recommended getting one built locally which is working out for the best. I just don't have the time to build one so it's money well spent.
Filter Eheim 1117 I relied heavily on the input and postings of others on this site.
Substrate GLA Natural Black Lava covered with UP Aqua Soil from GLA
Lighting Ecoxotic 18 Panorama Pro LED Fixture with tank mount I liked the modular design, integral dimmer, low heat output. I ordered from the company and they did a custom order for me so I go the light strips I wanted. Customer service there was top notch. Choosing the lighting was the most difficult purchase so far.
Dwarf Hair Grass (Eleocharis Parvula) on the right side of the tank.
'Narrow Leaf' Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis Mauritana) on the left side of the tank
Mini Rose Moss (Blepharostoma Trichophyllum) on the slate wall.
Willow Moss (Fontinalis Hypnoids) on the Manzanita wood
Cryptocoryne Petchii for the back
This is as far as I've gotten. I'm sure I'm going to add more but my design has changed slightly after figuring out the placement of the Manzanita last night.
I'm going to redo the moss soon. It looked great initially but in my defense I may have been influenced by an adult beverage or two.
Last edited by VB SUP; 07-20-2012 at 01:28 AM.
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