NOV 2013: This plan was scrapped to allow the 23G tank to be utilized for a different build. Please see 23G Riparium
Hi there, thanks for visiting our 60P journal. This is our first tank of this format. All our other thanks are small, between 2G and 6G, to us 23-gallon is big
We picked up this tank in Sept 2013 through a group buy with the SCAPE Club.
It's a CAD Lights New ZEN 23-gallon and it is going on the counter between our kitchen and living room, visible from 3 sides.
I found some really wonderful layouts on tropica.com, #77
in particular struck my fancy. We will adapt this design using similar plants and fish, but we'll tailor the layout to our needs and goals using the materials we have on hand.
Here are the stats of the setup as planned
Aquarium: CAD Lights New ZEN
Volume: 23 G
Dimensions: 23.5" x 14" x 16" H
Substrate: AS Amazonia
Decoration: Manzanita Wood, Petrified Wood and/or Seiryu stone
Light: Dual 24" LED: Finnex FugeRay & Finnex Planted+ (or single BML Dutch 6300° LED)
Photo Period: 8 hours total (two 4-hour periods per day?) or as required
CO2: 5# Pressurized with Milwaukee solenoid regulator
Temperature: 77° F (or ambient So Cal)
Filter: single Eiheim 2215
Pipes: BorneoWild 13mm SS (or not...)
Intended Livestock: Neon tetra, H. Amandae, T. Espei, CAE with a few inverts including Amano shrimp, CPOs or P. allenii & snails
We'll probably start stocking conservatively, 5-7 of each fish & shrimp, a breeding pair of crays and a bunch of beneficial snails. If we could manage it, I think a mated pair of EBRs would be wonderful, but I'm not planning on it anytime soon.
Here is how the wood looks in the tank
-there is a second small piece of manzanita woven in with the larger piece to fill in the front of the tank
I'm wondering what to do with this cut-end at the back
-trim it down or off?
-obscure it with rock, plants and moss ?
-notch it and plant some rhizome plants on it ?
Here is the tentative list of plants as it stands for now:
10 pots of HC (dwarf baby tears)
3 pots of E. tenellus (narrow leaf chain sword)
3 pots of E. acicularis (dwarf hair grass) - prefer E. parvula but can't find it
2 pots H. sibthorpioides - (dwarf pennywort) emersed, difficult I know...
H. leucocephala - emersed
E. montevidensis (giant hair grass) - submerged to block intake tube
B. Japonica (have)
A. Bonsai (have)
S. repens (have)
-need to think out this list
We also have:
Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv'
-but we may or may not use these in this tank...
So, I am planning on dry starting this tank, soon; need to order a bunch of HC. The time of the year, coming into the "winter" in So Cal, probably isn't optimal, it gets real dry here in the winter.
I would dry start the HC, S. repens and mosses on wood, most likely trying the bio-yogurt method
, which takes around 6 weeks or so, hopefully around the same time as it takes the HC to root.
I've been holding off on starting as I have some travel coming up and I don't want to risk loosing or restarting due to dry out or mold over; and then the holidays... I might be waiting till January or I could just flood on day 1.
I'll try to post updates as I make decisions or progress... might be slow going tho.
We welcome questions, comments and suggestions.