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I really liked the proportions of the 20 long but didn't have room for another mid-sized tank. A little searching turned up the Deep Blue betta tank--here sans dividers and waiting out it's leak test:



Nice, but needed to be a little higher for better viewing. While my manzanita branches were soaking, I headed out to Home Depot. Solution: pre-fab book shelf and a couple landscaping bricks padded with felt. Then back home to sort thru my lava rock for some small pieces roughly the size and shape I wanted.

Here's the test run for hardscape. Substrate is a mix of natural and black sand. Could have gone with just the natural, but the black specks tie in nicely with the texture of the lava rock and--just like black specks in a white carpet--help hide debris between cleanings.

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nice, what plants are you gunna use?
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I like the look of that tank, too! I just don't know what I would want to do with it.
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Plants and beginning beasts are in:

Flora:
Anubia Nana Petite
Mini Bolbitis
Baby Tears
Dwarf Pennywort
Leopard(?) Vals
Crypt. Parva
Marsilea Quadrifolia
Xmas moss
Red Root Floaters

Fauna:
5x Black Bar Male Endlers
5x Rams horn snails (extras will be removed once tank fully established)



And a close up shot:



The endler school will be gradually increased with transfers from my other tanks, still trying to decide what shrimp to add.

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Wow, your tank looks so much larger than it really is.

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Wow, your tank looks so much larger than it really is.
I agree. Your tank looks amazing. I was thinking about getting this tank, but after your photos, I'm buying one.

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Wow, your tank looks so much larger than it really is.
The ultimate accolade for a small tank. Thanks!
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I agree. Your tank looks amazing. I was thinking about getting this tank, but after your photos, I'm buying one.
Thanks!

Keep in mind, I'm running this (at least for now) as a no-tech tank. No filter or water movement, no heater and lighting is indirect sunlight and a supplemental 900 lumen bulb reading lamp about 8" above the tank. Finding equipment to outfit this tank for a higher tech level could be a significant problem.

Eventually, I'd like to pick up a Tom's mini canister to try on this, but only after it's firmly established and running. At that point the filtration will be a luxury, not a necessity, so if I don't like how it looks or works I can remove it without risking the tank.
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What a great scape you've got going there. (Note: It's actually a bit over 3 gallons in volume.)

What kind of lighting are you using?

Update: Just saw the sunlight/reading bulb comment.
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What a great scape you've got going there. (Note: It's actually a bit over 3 gallons in volume.)

What kind of lighting are you using?

Update: Just saw the sunlight/reading bulb comment.
Thanks! It's not precisely what I'd planned--but I always seem to end up more "jungly" than intended by the time I'm done.

I know we've both posted about this Deep Blue aquarium on multiple threads--but I'm wondering if you actually have the same tank, because I filled this tank for the leak test with a 1 gallon jug. It took 2.3 gallons to fill. On the nose.
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How is it you keep your Endlers from flying out of that open-top tank?

I put in 12, went to church, came home that night and 5 were on the floor.

Got a small Aqua Japan tank with a lid! Of course the lid has a gap of about 1/4" around it.... you guessed it - another 5 out in 4 days.

I have two left.

Endlers fly.

How you keeping them in?


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Your scape is looking really nice, just need to fill up that left sided. Other than that, great setup!
What kind of substrate is that?

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Yep - 18x6x7/231=3.2. Mine are right at 3gal once hardscape and substrate are in.

I think the jungly look you're going for is probably the right move. The plant choices will perfectly match the scale of the tank and once things grow in, it's going to look like it's a lot larger than it is.

Have you thought about supergluing little bits of fissidens or other moss in a few places on the wood?

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Thanks! It's not precisely what I'd planned--but I always seem to end up more "jungly" than intended by the time I'm done.

I know we've both posted about this Deep Blue aquarium on multiple threads--but I'm wondering if you actually have the same tank, because I filled this tank for the leak test with a 1 gallon jug. It took 2.3 gallons to fill. On the nose.
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Yep - 18x6x7/231=3.2. Mine are right at 3gal once hardscape and substrate are in.

I think the jungly look you're going for is probably the right move. The plant choices will perfectly match the scale of the tank and once things grow in, it's going to look like it's a lot larger than it is.

Have you thought about supergluing little bits of fissidens or other moss in a few places on the wood?
Aha! She exclaimed. Mine's 18x5x7. Not quite the same tank, but close.

Ahead of you on the moss, I've got a bit of xmas moss stuck on in three different locations: halfway along the horizontal branch, in the middle fork of the vertical section and a piece just touching the water surface on the leftmost branch of the vertical section. With such a small tank, I didn't want to use a big wad of moss for fear the usual die-off/shedding of excess bits would foul the water and went instead with just a small sprig of densely growing, VERY healthy moss in each spot.

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Your scape is looking really nice, just need to fill up that left sided. Other than that, great setup!
What kind of substrate is that?
Thanks.

The left side, actually, is going to be left as is. The original plan called for just the island, with the rest of the tank bare to emphasize the long open negative space--but when I stuck a couple clumps of leftover crypt parva on that side, I realized having just a couple plants out there improved the visual affect--like a tumbleweed in the desert, they give a sense of scale to the open expanse of sand.

Substrate is a mix of natural and black sand. Don't recall the brand off hand, but it's the stuff PetSmart always carries. Nothin' fancy. I want slow, small growth in this tank, so most of the fertilization is going to be in the water column with spot fertilization with root tabs or osmocote as needed.
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