Every time I read one of your threads, I end up spending money. I see your new equipment and decide I need one too. I'm ordering one of those UV HOBs for a future shrimp tank, haha. I just ordered an Azoo Mignon too.
My AquaTop cubes are still chugging along and I love them. Still have a few more in the works.
But lately, I've been eying ecoxotic's EcoPico Planted kit. If I weren't prepping for a huge move and trying to save for some other tank changes, I would be snatching it up super-quickly.
I actually considered the above tank, but after seeing the nano version at a LFS, I didn't like the filter area, very small, not easy to clean, etc. What are the dimensions of this tank, I didn't see it on the website. Oops, never mind, missed the spec's tab.....
I've been eying ecoxotic's EcoPico Planted kit. If I weren't prepping for a huge move and trying to save for some other tank changes, I would be snatching it up super-quickly.
It's a pretty tank, I've seen it in person. I instantly got excited and thought about throwing $130 at an "all-in" tank but decided to research rather than impulse buy.
I found folks complaining about the light, needs to be upgraded to grow plants, but the kit comes fully expanded, and also the filter chamber being small and cumbersome to clean. Plus I wasn't keen on the black silicone edges; personally I prefer not drawing attention to the seams.
I would love to see your setup/feedback if you do buy it
ps. how are you liking the AquaTop UV HOB? I was thinking about one of those for my quarantine/hospital tank.
Psiorian: I guess we'll find out soon enough. Post-move, I'll try to save up to get one.
newportjon: Spend, spend, spend!
londonloco: Likely wouldn't use the filter. But if I went shrimp-only, it wouldn't be too bad. Pretty powerful.
octanejunkie: If you look at the kit linked, you'll find that there's no need for an upgrade .The fixture uses three strips instead of one. Can have any number of strips on at a time, can also dim.
Black silicone (see any of my Deep Blue Professional tank journals) looks pretty cool on tanks with black backgrounds. Way more attractive than tanks with clear silicone. Usually makes the viewing experience much more enjoyable with less distraction, as it draws your eyes through the tank instead of to the sides.
Haven't gotten to use the UV filter yet but I'm currently trying to culture some green water to see how things go.
That moment when you go through your supplies closet and realize you have more substrate than you know what to do with. 30 liters of Amazonia, a bag of Azoo, bunches of UP Aqua, Akadama, tons of other inert substrates. That's the moment I'm in. Guess I'll need to set up a bunch of new tanks once my new fish room is ready.
Can't wait to see pics of your new fish room. I am currently redoing mine, I'm downsizing, or "right sizing" as someone said, from 350 gallons of water to just over 100g, smaller tanks. Selling off the old stuff and buying new stuff is exhausting but fun!
I've had an ecopico set up since they came out, spent the extra money on strips so it's the same as the planted they sell now. I've been running a 2211 on mine with just yellow shrimps. Grows crypts well, i haven't really put anything else in there in years, lol.