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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-20-2015 11:01 PM
Rushdoggie Very cool!
07-20-2015 10:57 PM
somewhatshocked While I've got a layout and purpose for this tank, that's still several months in the future. You know how it is when life gets in the way and other tanks take priority.


Figured out a temporary use for the tank (and one of my high-clarity cubes - a 25cm/10") and thought I should update here.

Thanks to inspiration from wastewater's great Tillarium, I decided to set up temporary quarters for some Tillandsia (air plants) that I've been neglecting since at least mid-winter.

Siliconed some cork bark onto the back and made some crude holders out of 18 gauge floral wire. Here they are shortly after a dunk in some spring water:

They've lost color because they haven't been under their usual light fixtures for several months but they've still occasionally flowered and thrown pups, as you can see in the top right. To the left of the tank is a hollowed-out champagne cork holding a pup from my T. neglecta that's so small I can't place it in in a holder.

Here's a look at them pre-dunk in the bath:

16" Finnex Fugeray lights the tank and seems to be plenty bright. Have a 20" Fugeray and several other fixtures I can swap with if need be. Eventually all of these plants will wind up in a 10gal tall with a custom LED fixture. If I ever get around to soldering LEDs, that is.

Have temporarily rigged a 40mm fan for air circulation

Some cell phone shots of the 25cm tank:

This tank also has a 40mm fan for air circulation.

And a small globe containing what I think is T. ionantha 'guatemala':

It gets light from the cube, which has a 10" Fugeray on top.

While they don't look great and aren't laid out too well, I like them for what they're going to be temporarily.

All of these plants used to be mounted on cork rounds and driftwood but I decided to use the wood in a new vivarium build.

What's not pictured is a huge mess of Spanish Moss I've got growing amongst all of the metal IKEA shelves in the office. Started as a few small springs of gray-green stuff has morphed into a crazy mess. Will try to snap a pic when there's better lighting.
10-23-2014 11:58 AM
somewhatshocked Nothing to update. This tank is still sitting empty. Maybe sometime this winter but other tanks took priority.
10-23-2014 04:19 AM
Minhha2006 Update? Ive been following every thread and ive finally caught up!
06-02-2014 03:33 PM
somewhatshocked Ended up moving and haven't had a chance to get things going.

Just finished my new tank room last week, so all my tanks documented here on the forum will be coming back to life ASAP.
06-02-2014 03:17 PM
EwDeg Did you ever set up this tank? I like the footprint, so just curious what you did with it.
02-25-2014 06:40 PM
Harrisgo update??
12-01-2013 01:23 PM
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Have another piece that could work in this tank:

Not quite sure yet. Still hoping to find a nice stump of some sort.
That piece looked like the ship from Thor 2

Thats a beautiful piece. Looking forward seeing the tank grow!
11-04-2013 11:22 PM
somewhatshocked AquaTop also has some rectangle tanks that are high-clarity - definitely give them a look on the site.

Have finally started playing more with the scape of this bowfront and believe I'm nearly settled on something. Hope to photograph it and get it planted ASAP! The move really zapped me for energy and I'm just now getting caught back up.
11-04-2013 11:08 PM
BillV thanks Jake, I am interested in the Euro style, possibly high clarity tanks. It would be for my new office so I still have a couple of weeks to see what might fit. Its just that their price was amazing, but being on clearance makes me wonder why. I like a panoramic view of a rectangular tank over a cube, I have an Ebi at home and while I like it I wish it were longer. I was liking the Mr Aqua bookcase tanks for their length.
11-04-2013 07:39 PM
somewhatshocked Most all-in-one tanks are a bad idea. I'd say those aren't a great deal. The high-clarity and bowfronts are great, though.

My philosophy: buy exactly what you want. Don't buy half of what you want while compromising over $20-$30. That's what makes this hobby so great - the waiting period. Wait til you find exactly what you want and you'll be happier with the end product.
11-04-2013 05:57 PM
BillV Have you seen the nano tanks of their in the clearance section? A 6.6 gallon and 14 gallon, $24 and $44 shipped? I was thinking those might be nice too, and you could probably run the finnex px360 or other filter with it. Any thoughts?
11-04-2013 05:30 PM
somewhatshocked No, using that fixture on a 30cm cube.

It could work on this tank but isn't ideal when it comes to spread.
11-04-2013 05:27 PM
BillV Any progress on this tank Jake? I'm interested in this size or the 14 gallon myself. Probably the 8 for my office. Are you going to use the truaqua light? I see those are $50 righ tnow, would 1 suffice for low to medium plants (probably no CO2)?
10-09-2013 12:07 PM
somewhatshocked Actually have a small mountain of Manzanita in the basement. Think I may be leaning toward some sort of rock scape if I can't find the perfect stump, though.

Can't wait to get this thing going.
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