So it begins…..
This is the start of my first aquascape in around five years. I’ve been on and off the forums and have maintained some grow-out tanks, but haven’t done a real scape since this Mini-S five years ago
and this 72G a year before that
I have a few scape ideas in my head, so I’ll have to figure it out along the way, but it will have to live up to the name. It’s also a couple of firsts. My 1st two-foot setup and my 1st setup in my ManCave, cool!
The equipment for this tank has been sitting around for about three years so when I bought the stuff I don’t even remember what I what I had in mind, but I’m going to use what I have.
– Mr Aqua 17G Rimless 2-ft Aquarium
– Besta 24” Shelf Unit
I was a little wary using an IKEA stand, but I think at this size factor it should be O.K. or I’ll just reinforce. I plan on keeping this setup for a while or until the stand gives out LOL.
– Marineland 18-24” Reef Capable LED
I think the light will have to be raised since its well north of 100 PAR if the light is just placed on top of the tank. So I’ll either hang it or work something else out. I’d like to get it down to the 80-90 PAR range.
– Eheim 2213 Classic. Never failed me before, so why change.
– Hydor 200W Inline Heater
– Equipment to be purchased or use old Milwaukee regulator with 5lb cylinder. I also have an inline atomizer sitting around somewhere.
– Manzanita wood, Moss rock
– ADA Aquasoil and possibly a sand in certain areas.
Not sure which fish will eventually occupy it, but I usually wait a long time to put fish in anyway. I like to get the tank stable and finish tinkering with the hardscape and get the plants really growing before I put in fish. Otherwise they just get in the way and might be compromised.
Although it’s strong light I don’t expect it to be high maintenance as I plan on using low-light type plants and no ‘real’ stem plants that need to be trimmed on a regular basis. I’ve been off traditional stems and carpets for quite some time. Don’t get me wrong I think they look great and everyone should do a real carpet at least once, but at this phase of the hobby for me they’re a no-no, especially if I want to keep the setup going for a fairly long time.
They’re might be some lapses until I get this in full swing so make sure you visit UGs thread in the nano forum for a good read.
ADA Mini-M: (Re)Source
but be wary of the spoiler alert fails
. Actually UG indirectly pushed me off the proverbial fence (yes I wrote this before your recent ‘fence’ post LOL) to start this after seeing him get back into it, so yeah thanks a lot UG.
With that being said I really like the way ‘low-light’ type plants grow and look under good light and co2. So they’ll be plenty of growth just not high maintenance that ‘traditional’ stems and carpets bring.