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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Jumping into the Deep end...

The beginnings of my first tank journal, this is a big deal you know?
The tank is a Deep Blue Professional 3 gallon long, and it will without question be a shrimp-only tank throughout it's lifetime. Everything is in the preliminary stages at the moment, but I figured I'd get the ball rolling. It's likely to be months in the making, but it's best to start off the right way from the beginning.

My setup should consist of:
Tank: Deep Blue Professional 3 gallon long
Filter: Finnex PX-360 canister filter
Light: Finnex FugeRay-R
Substrate: ADA New Amazonia, with a sprinkling of H4N's shrimp substrate pack.
Flora: Christmas Moss, Marimo Ball, more mosses to be added.
Fauna: Shrimps of course, variant to be determined.

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So, I ordered the tank from AllPet.com, for $34.60 shipped. UPS did a number on the box, here is a pic.
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Note the holes punched in multiple sides. :0

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Turns out, tank is just fine! Well packed and protected.


Ain't she a beauty!


Long ways


Note the PERFECT silicone work! So clean. Deep Blue uses black silicone for those that don't know, but it looks amazing.


More to come!

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Shouldn't this be in the Tank Journal section? ;-p

Also, are there any major advantages over Deep Blue products than say Aqueon or typical brands you can get at a LFS?
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I have a deep blue 55, and I'd say the black silicone is a major advantage, it looks killer.
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Absolutely there are advantages to these tanks over the brands you mentioned IMO. The Deep Blue tanks use less iron than their competitors, improving the clarity of the glass. They utilize the black silicone I mentioned, and the silicone work is immaculate. Perfectly clean top to bottom. This is a big plus for me, as it doesn't detract from the overall appearance like sloppy silicone can from some competing brands. In addition, the pricing of these tanks is comparable if not cheaper than their competitors. I like them, if you can't tell

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^Aqueon and TopFin are way overpriced for what they actually are. Besides, they only carry standard tank sizes, nothing cool like this 18" long.

How I feel about non-planted aquariums.
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Re: Jumping into the Deep end...

Deep Blue makes a number if interesting tank sizes. They have a pdf catalog on their web site

the addiction continues...

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After I made the post, I noticed the size, and I figured perhaps their unique sizes were an advantage. Although this can become a disadvantage as well.

And when I was searching for a tank, I did find their numbers comparable to LFS stores. So if their quality really is better, than that makes it worth it alone.
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Their tanks are a great product. I don't have experience with their other products, of which there are many, but they seem to be of good quality.

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Some goodies from H4N are coming! Getting closer to flooding the tank.

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Can't go wrong with great moss and shrimp! Really excited to see what you do with it.

My tank also arrived in a battered box, but it was packed very well and had zero damage. Allpet does a nice job with that.
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I'm nervous, as all I've kept are cherries. I received the Amazonia in a trade, and I was already having trouble settling on a substrate that I liked for Neo's. I was going to keep a higher grade Neo of some sort first. Now that I have the ADA substrate, I am going to literally jump into the deep end and attempt some form of Caridina. LOTS of research will be involved above and beyond what I've already learned. Thankfully, there is a lot of knowledge and helpful folks on here.

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I love my 3.2g DBP. Can't wait to see how your turns out.

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That's a nice looking tank! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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