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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Project Shipwreck

New here so thought i'd share my project. Hadn't used my old jewel aquarium for around 7/8 years, but then the bug bit again as I was starting a vivarium build haha. Decided to strip the out the internal corner unit, de-rim the tank and start from scratch. Here's my progress so far, just need one more plant for the background (probably another limnophila sessiliflora as I like the way they look when they reach the surface), the large white rock is keeping the driftwood in place for now (it seemed to soak and stay submerged when left in the bath but oh well), have some liquid ferts and a cheap co2 unit on the way just to get the plants and moss going. Feel free to leave any feedback

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I really like the sand, what kind is it? From an aquarium store or pool filter? I really dig the look of your tank
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I really like the sand, what kind is it? From an aquarium store or pool filter? I really dig the look of your tank
Thanks, it's the Caribsea white. I have Fluval stratum at the back half of the tank for planting.
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Awesome, certainly doesn't look like a budget project.
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Awesome, certainly doesn't look like a budget project.
Thanks, that's really appreciated!!
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Since the actual tank (60x40x30cm) has been in my possession for years i'll list the equipment i've bought so far.

My old jewel heater was still in working order so using this for time being.
All pond solutions HOB filter, 600L/H, £14.99.
X2 48 LED clip on lamps, £22.78.
4kg Fluval stratum, £14.95.
9kg Caribsea white sand, £16.49.
Thermometer, £1.99.
Heater holder, £2.99.
10 Large Indian almond leaves, £3.75.
Fluval mini CO2 kit (on the way), £20.80.
NT Labs liquid fertiliser (on the way), £4.99.

Plants.
Java fern clump, £8.99.
X5 small portions of moss, phoenix moss, weeping moss, spiky moss, peacock moss, taiwan moss (were only allowed one of each moss from the sellers list), £9.95.
Limnophila Sessiliflora, Ceratopteris thalictroides, Myriophyllum mattogrossense, £11.99 (could have found them cheaper but was at my LFS and thought why not)

And the rocks and driftwood were collected from my local beach
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So my LFS has a dozen ember tetra, just wondering if that would be too many for this tank? I plan on getting a few otos and amano shrimp as a clean up crew, maybe a small bristlenose too. Any thoughts?
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You actually managed to pull off a really nice scape - I like all aspects of it.

Ember Tetras are tiny, I think you should not have any problems. I would personally not get a bushynose, even at 4" that would be too large for the tank. Their bio-load is pretty heavy also.

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You actually managed to pull off a really nice scape - I like all aspects of it.

Ember Tetras are tiny, I think you should not have any problems. I would personally not get a bushynose, even at 4" that would be too large for the tank. Their bio-load is pretty heavy also.

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Thanks for that Yeah i was planning on getting it rehomed once it got a bit bigger if i got one. I'd like a small group of cory habrosus but are not often seen in my area.
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Suggestions wanted people.

My ammonia and nitrite are nearly at 0 so im trying trying to decide what fish will be going in here. I will definitely be getting a school of ember tetra, a few otos, im torn between amano shrimp and cherry. I would also like a little character in there too, my thoughts are german ram, sparkling gourami or dwarf puffer. Any thoughts or recommendations???

Will be taking some updated pics of the tank tomorrow
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Careful bout the dwarf puffer, not really known as a community fish and depending on your puffers atitude, it could either be friedly or harass ur ither fish/shrimp to death. Ive been able to keep mine with amano shrimp btw.
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Careful bout the dwarf puffer, not really known as a community fish and depending on your puffers atitude, it could either be friedly or harass ur ither fish/shrimp to death. Ive been able to keep mine with amano shrimp btw.
Thanks for the advice bud, much appreciated.
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Awesome, certainly doesn't look like a budget project.

exactly my thought too! great job.
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exactly my thought too! great job.
Thank you

Well here is an update. I have took out the peace lily planter as i was sick of suction cups giving way and picking hydroton out of the tank haha.

I still need one more limnophila for the left hand corner of the tank. I have planted some pogestemon in the centre. There is also 2 oto and 2 amano shrimp making themselves at home that i bought last night. Definitely getting a few more oto next week
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Looks very nice. What kind of LEDs are you using?
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