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post #1 of 178 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Jake's DBP 10gal For Cories & Shrimp

What? I suffer from a serious case of Multiple Tank Syndrome? Surely not!

Figured it was time to start a new tank.

The goods:
  • 10gal Deep Blue Professional tank
  • Eheim 2213 w/ DIY spraybar
  • 10w LED Flood Light (not yet installed)
  • Bits and pieces of manzanita from Tom Barr that I glued together and added some Christmas Moss to
  • Pool Filter Sand
  • A bunch of Crypts - most to be added later
  • Maybe some Anubias nana

Not going for beauty so much as I am viewing space for critters. Simple root feeders is all the tank will likely hold.

A shot I teased yesterday:



Here's a messy shot about a minute after flooding:



That's several clumps of rough-looking Petsmart C. wendtii in the back (hopefully it fills out and grows up) and two little sprigs of C. parva in the front. Have a bunch of C. beckettii, C. petchii and C. parva coming from Gordon roughly mid-week. Still have a bunch of moss to add.

I'm hopeful the C. wendtii will survive and provide some nice shrimp hidey holes. Added a few clay fert balls beneath their area so they'll hopefully snap back soon.

The plan is to house about 15 Corydoras habrosus because they're active bottom dwellers and maybe some C. pygmaeus for the action with various snails and some shrimp. Depending upon the number of critters, I may consider some Boraras brigittae later on down the road.

Haven't decided if the tank will be 100% tap, 100% RO or a mixture of the two. Guess I'll make the decision a few weeks from now when the initial 'cycle' is complete.

Can't wait to see how this new tank evolves. Once I take a break from making more Om Nom Nom shrimp food for you folks, I'll be starting yet another tank journal… for something a little different. Stay tuned for that.

Thanks for reading!

Jake
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post #2 of 178 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 04:40 PM
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Nice start to the tank. I like the wood you glued together.

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Added three red crypts marked at the LFS as wendtii 'red':



Figured I couldn't say no, as they're healthy and cost a total of $1. That's a decent deal, right?
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Nice. I see you too were bitten by the led flood lamp bug

Glad to see aotherone pf your journals coming to life.

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lookin good... like the contrast the red crypts give
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Yep, actually ordered another flood lamp from fleabay. Naturally, the guy sent me something different than pictured and offered for sale, so I have to return it/file a claim/yadda yadda. Gonna order another with three wires so I can use it with my power supply.
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andrewss: Thanks.

I've got several others coming in the mail this week and at that point, I think I'll have a better feel for where plants need to go.

Am a big fan of darker-colored crypts, though, so I expect to have quite a few.
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Or maybe I'll just go buy a different power supply so I don't have to go through the fleabay hassles...
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Very interesting start.

How are you going to set up the flood light over the tank?
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Planning to use conduit or a bent piece of c-channel. Haven't yet decided. Need to go to the hardware store tomorrow to get a new power supply to get it rigged up.
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Need to go to the hardware store tomorrow to get a new power supply to get it rigged up.
I just used a 3 prong cord from a PC for mine. Splced it in , soilder the indivicual wires together and then put wire tape around it. You skip the soilering part and use wire tape. The trick is in wiring it together.

This is the wiring that worked for me for my flood light (LED Wholesaler's 10W) -
Yellow/green to green
Brown to black
Blue to white

Also to need to cover it someone the light will flood the room.

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I appreciate your response. As mentioned above, however, the light I received only contains two wires... so I have to have it replaced or go buy a different power supply that has no ground wire.
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The light I received only contains two wires... so I have to have it replaced or go buy a different power supply that has no ground wire.
If it only has 2 wires then it seems you only need a cord with 2wires to splice it into. That is what I have done with other lamps.
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Nice. I see you too were bitten by the led flood lamp bug
Does that you used 1 too? If so got a link to it. I am struggling over how to cover mine.
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Gonna wire my LED up sometime this evening.

I really want a Finnex FugeRay 20" fixture. Not sure I can justify the $60 expense, though. At least not yet.
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