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benon 03-18-2010 08:52 PM

12 Gallon Nano Cube (56K) Added Pics 4/26/10
April 26, 2010

It has been approximately one month and one week since I planted this tank. It has been maintained in the background in addition to my other 20-gallon tall. I didn't actually expect it to do this well. I add CO2 with DIY CO2 and some flourish excel. Some of the plants are: baby tears, crypt parvas, glosso, dwarf hairgrass (in the back, can't really see them), red myrios, hygrophila kompakt.

Here's a front view...

Front view close-up. The baby tears seem to be doing well without any pressurized CO2.

Ideally it would fill in and not look so messy...

The other side view. This algae shark loves the camera, not that it has anywhere to go. This tank is kinda small. It's hard to believe my other tank is only 8 gallons more.

Full tank shot. Damnit! I just noticed some blockage on the intake :(

March 18, 2010

I have had this nanocube for 2 years now. Decided it needs to be cleaned and replanted.
A little preparation shot. This is my third tank planting, and this ritual is becoming more and more elaborate each time. I cleaned out this nanocube's light canopy cooling fans, and scrubbed it until it was practically new.
I decided to settle with this. I don't know if it looks good, but at least things will be settled when I pour water in.
Clear water in several hours. The filter on the nanocube is a beast.

I seem to always move things around later. I'll probably just wait for it to carpet. I'm going excel and yeast reactor with this tank.

My other tank is doing great with excel and a yeast reactor (20 gallon tall).

I will post pics of that one soon. I also have some ADA minis that I'm going to replant (my amphibians do much better in large tupperwares that are easy to clean and have a large bottom surface area, so I took them out of my ADA minis).

VincentK 03-18-2010 10:45 PM

Fire escape garden, nice, haha.

bbeechamp 03-18-2010 10:57 PM

looks good so far

dacrax07 03-19-2010 01:23 AM

lol im interested in that jar next to the tank

benon 03-20-2010 04:59 AM

It's a simple jar with plants in it :).

For the 12 gallon nano, I didn't use up all of my plants. I still have quite a bit, and enough aqua soil to startup another tank.

Maybe I should plant this one up :

That pic is kind of blinding... The above tank is just housing some moss carpets and an algae shark (I would put this one in with my 20-gallon tall, but this shark is a bully).

I'm going crazy... two tanks in two weeks...

I just got an eheim ecco 60! Really excited about this. I just linked it up to my 20-gallon tall. It is REALLY nice compared to my zoomed 501 (good for 20-gallon ripariums, but not on my 20-gallon tall as it creates virtually no current.

benon 04-27-2010 08:17 AM

This one got super lost :(

A cool thing to observe was the growth of the HC, and how it sends off runners that adapt to the water parameters.

demonbreedr16 05-06-2010 11:01 PM

I LOVE this tank! :D

I'm very tempted to steal it. LOL

lasutaku 05-07-2010 10:08 AM

Hi, nice tank!

What do you use in your rear chambers?


benon 05-07-2010 07:35 PM


Hi, nice tank!

What do you use in your rear chambers?

Hey lasutaku,

first chamber has some sponge action in it, which drains into the second filled with bio-media (bio-balls, ceramic rings, substrat pro), and the third is just a reservoir with a pump to put filtered water back into the tank.

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