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12X12 Cube Tank Journal UPDATED Dec. 4 '11, DIY CO2 Added. Need scaping advice badly!

Hi!

We had a 2.5 gallon sitting around that I was going to use. I was hunting for rocks, and found some that I liked, with a specific layout in mind:



Which necessitated going to a Finnex 4G because the way I want to set these up, they wouldn't fit in the flange on a regular 2.5 G. The 2.5 will become a moss farm I think.

I ordered my Anubias Nana Petite, HC, mosses and dwarf sag a couple days ago, it should show up on Friday at the LFS I like. I have my substrate (Fluval Stratum and vermicompost), and I have my light (a 12 inch Finnex CF.)

Stopped at another LFS today, and they had some healthy looking E. Tellenus, which I had forgotten to order, but I need some of, so I picked them up... Hold your breath... My first planted tank....



Any thing else I should do to keep them alive for the next week until I plant the Finnex 4G when I get it? I pruned some brown leaves and a flowering stalk off of one of the swords. They were pearling in the bare water under the light, which made me happy

Will update this when I get the Finnex next week

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 06:51 AM
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I may be wrong but that does not look like E Tellenus.

other than that great start!

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I may be wrong but that does not look like E Tellenus.

other than that great start!
What do you think they are? I was there as he was unpacking one of them, and it had a Florida Aquatic Nursery triangle tag labeling it as E. Tellenus in the rock wool...

The pics make them look bigger than they are. Longest lead is maybe 4.5-5 inches.
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At a lovely LFS with my fiancee today shopping for a tank for her. Got an awesome 8 gal bow front Mr. Aqua for her. They had a 12X12X12 Mr. Aqua cube and she kept bugging me to get it for my self, so who am I to argue

They also had awesome plants, so we picked some up... The Anubias on the right in the front in the following is temporary, going in her tank, as is the potted plant in the front.

Filtration is temporary while we decide on small canisters to get. Finnex 360 probably? Suggestions?

More plants coming Friday, including my HC, which will carpet basically the rest of the tank...

Vermicompost going in. Hopefully the worm poop will treat me, and my plants, well...





Stratum added...



Filling it after the plants were added... Almost no clouding! Worm poop is treating me well, aesthetically.....



Everything added.... Like I said, the anubias on the right in the front is temporary...



Close up of the plants and rocks.....



Wish me luck on ammonia with the worm poop!
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How do you like your mr. aqua cube tank? I was looking into getting some and am hearing mixed reviews. Looks good so far. Interesting rocks!

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How do you like your mr. aqua cube tank? I was looking into getting some and am hearing mixed reviews. Looks good so far. Interesting rocks!
Really nice. The glass is lovely, bevelled. Not a rounded corner tank in the front, but that doesn't bother me. Silicon work on the sides is perfect, bottom silicon was a tad messy. The bowfront my fiancee got is simply gorgeous.

For the cube, you might look elsewhere if you want bended glass. If you want a small bow front, those are little gems.

I am very happy with mine though.
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I've decided that Anubias Nana is amazing stuff. Can't get good pictures, but 12 hours in the tank and both nodules have shot new green roots down into the substrate
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Looks like you are off to a great start!

Keep the pics coming as it grows in.
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I may be wrong but that does not look like E Tellenus.

other than that great start!
I agree looks more like Cryptocoryne parva, i could be wrong though.
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I agree looks more like Cryptocoryne parva, i could be wrong though.
Agreed, it's not e. tenellus.. Idk about th crypt as I've never owner one.. I mean it looks like a sword plant with the leaves like they are, just not e tenellus.

Tank is looking good though^^
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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hrm, mystery plant!

Regardless, I like it back there in the corner like that

Is one 13W compact fluorescent simply not going to be enough light in this tank?
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^same question - i'm assuming it's a 13W CFL so 60W equivalent yea?
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UPDATE.

Seeing new growth, and new rooting in the microsword I planted, new root and rhisome growth in the Anubias Nana I planted, the mystery-maybe-tellenus-maybe-parva isn't looking amazing, but it isn't dying. Horticulturalist fiancee thinks it was grown emmersed and is undergoing a transformative stage.

Thus far fluval stratum+wormpoop+relatively low light seems like it is a good combo

HC, Nana Petite, Dwarf Sag, Mosses all going in Friday, so by the end of the weekend I should have some updates

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^same question - i'm assuming it's a 13W CFL so 60W equivalent yea?
I don't think the conversion works exactly like that, but yes it is a 12" 13W compact fluorescent.
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New filter,
rescapped the whole thing, wanted more fast growing plants for cycling and filtration.

Some new carpet plants also. Took some rocks out. Really happy with it now









Hopefully the dwarf sag. doesn't eat everything.

Ammonia levels off the charts, 0 nitrites. Seeded filter yesterday with media from another tank, so hopefully that will jump start the process....
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So...

7ish ppm ammonia for the last week.

0 nitrites.

Filter seeded about 3 days ago with media from a well established tank.

Plants happy as pigs in you know what...

Just need time or?

Ammonia is coming from vermicompost underneath my Fluval Stratum.
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