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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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ADA 45-F for Desk at Work - First Tank

Hey all,

Thinking about getting my first tank and would love for it to be at my desk at work.

I was thinking an ADA 45-F for the tank and the contents would be a iwagumi style landscape: shrimp, a few schooling fish and ground cover type plants. To keep things simple I was planning on using some modified desk lamp for light and some sort of a hang on filter. No CO2 for this setup.

Is this realistic for a first time tank owner to get set up in an office environment? Is it OK to leave one of these tanks unattended over the weekend?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 01:52 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

An ADA 45-F? That is a little on the shallow side for an iwagumi/normal aquarium in my opinion. Maybe look at getting a taller setup. But then again, it may just be me! This size tank is perfect for a mini riparium.

If you wanted to make an iwagumi setup with a carpet of some sort, you would need a CO2 source. If you do not want to go pressurized, you could probably dose a little liquid CO2 (Seachem's Excel) everday. (Except the weekends).

For filteration, why not invest a little money in a small canister filter? That would allow you to hide it and keep the tank from getting cluttered. If you can't do that, a good mini HOB filter is the Red Sea Nano. Not sure if that will work for a 45-F though, as I am not certain of the gallonage...

This type of setup is completely realistic for a "newbie". Just be patient. You wont have a master piece in a day!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 10:31 PM
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-F tanks are actually perfect for iwagumis. In taller thanks there's usually a lot of empty vertical space left with iwagumi layouts.

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l like the F tanks l can't wait to see what you do with it.

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