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lbacha 06-16-2011 11:35 PM

lbacha's 25 gal Crypt Cube
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Well folks I'm new on here but I wanted to share my newest creation, I have been an aquarist for 25 years but I've been out of the hobby for a while and havn't done a planted tank since high school, reefs have been my thing for the past few tanks. I decided to give a high tech planted tank a go basing it on an Amano style crypt tank. Let me know what you think and I will add pics as I go


The tank at +0 days old

lbacha 06-16-2011 11:46 PM

Ok the specs:

Tank: 18" x 18" x 18" cube
Stand: aspen wood stand 36" tall hand made with no hardware on the outside other than the light stand
Lighting: fishneedit 150 watt HQI pendant 8700
Filter: Eheim Ecco 35 with glass lily tubes
Filter media: ADA Bio Rio
Heater: 250 watt inline
CO2: GLA ultimate with a 10 lb tank (amazing system I love it) small glass diffuser
Substrate: power sand special with aqua soil Malaya on top


Buff Daddy 06-17-2011 12:07 AM

Gorgeous layout! Beautiful tank in a lovely corner, too. I hope there is no direct sunlight on the tank, coming through that window... You have a ton of light without it.

lbacha 06-17-2011 12:32 AM

Thanks and good observation about the light I actually hang a towel over the side because this time of the year there is a little direct sun in the evening, I'm actually adding a huge split leaf philodendron to block the light and cover up the wall in the corner as well, my goal is to have a little slice of jungle in my apartment.


lbacha 06-19-2011 07:04 PM

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+21 days dealing with a little bit of algae, had to add a powerhead for some water movement the Ecco 35 was struggling with moving the water enough

lbacha 07-18-2011 10:34 PM

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Well it has been 42 days and I'm struggling through some bacteria bloom issues (white cloudy water) but the algae is in check and the plants and fish are doing great. I just added a automatic doser for macro and micro ferts and I got great specimen of C Nurii from speedie (Nick) in the mail. Overall things are good and will be great if I can get the cloudiness to go away.


looking4roselines 07-18-2011 11:55 PM

How many watts you have haning over the tank? Is this 70 or 150 watt?

hydrophyte 07-18-2011 11:56 PM

Hey this whole setup is really nice.

lbacha 07-19-2011 01:02 AM

It's the 150 watt from fishneedit and it's about 14-16 inches above the water. Alot more light than I need for most of the crypts and the java fern but the C Parva is responding well and I want to put some rotala macranda in the background. I also love the dark colors the other crypts are showing because of the intense light.


JSA 07-19-2011 01:19 AM

What fish do you have in there? Beautiful setup!

lbacha 07-19-2011 01:19 AM


Thanks, I actually sent you a post to see what crypts you might have to add behind the undulata, I'm trying to get the back to overflow over the driftwood and slope down to the front. So far the front is cooperating but the background isn't I have some Hygro 'stricta' there right now that's taking it's time growing and I'm not sure I want the affect that Balansae gives but it may be the way I go if I can't get it to fill in right.


lbacha 07-19-2011 01:22 AM

Just a school of 5 otos that are more fun to watch than anything else I've kept, I will probably add a school of some form of rasboras in the future but it isn't a high priority for me. I'm only home on the weekends and I would have to worry about feeding them, I want to make sure the tank is stable before I add another bio load to it and I'm coping with some cloudy water right now due to a massive algae die off and no water changes for 3 weeks.


lbacha 07-25-2011 05:35 PM

Well just got over a bout of green water but now things are looking good other than a little cloudiness.

Now for the background to grow in and it will be doing good


CGY_Betta_Guy 07-25-2011 06:59 PM

I like your tank... very simple and clean and should be pretty low maintenance with the crypts.

I recently had a bout of lightly cloudy water similar to yours accompanied by a dusty looking surface slime. Not quite as cloudy as yours and it didnt seem like green water but I figured I would try to add some hydrogen peroxide to the tank as I suspected it was some sort of algae that came in from my WC. Since hydrogen peroxide breaks down into its constituent components in light I figured it was safe to experiment. I dosed about 4 ml in my 31G just after lights on and everything in the tank started to bubble within about 30mins. Plants seemed to be pearling like mad and the canister filter was spitting out bubbles like crazy. The following day the surface scum seemed to be significantly reduced and after a second day of the dosing my water is now crystal clear and no surface slime. All flora and fauna in the tank are safe and sound and the problem has not returned after a few weeks.

I am not suggesting that this was a safe way of clearing it up but this was my first time ever in 3 years that my planted tank had an issue of water cloudiness. Surface agitation and subsequent water changes were not clearing up the problem and since I had safely dosed hydrogen peroxide directly onto some black brush algae before I figured it was worth a try.

wearsbunnyslippers 07-25-2011 07:06 PM

really nice, great growth on those crytps!

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