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nerdariostomp 09-30-2012 04:21 AM

Nerdariostomp's 12g long (flooded and stocked!!1)
Well I picked up a 12 long with the most recent batch from Marineland depot. Came quicker than I expected thankfully

After I got it of course I saw some specs on a 48"x12"x12" rimless tank on the glasscages site for about 200 shipped, but I told myself no, unless I get a promotion and my own office.

Oh wow. Lots of packing!

And even more

And unpacked. Found some driftwood later at a LFS. One big piece on the left and another small one on the right. This will be the general starting point.

I have a 36" dual T5 NO light ill be suspending over the tank and will be going w a CO2 PB setup unless there's a definite advantage to full size. I'll also probably going w one of pfertz's systems since they seem fairly straightforward.

Picked up some aquasoil and have tossed around the idea of capping it with some blasting sand since it looks pretty nice but maybe that's a bad idea. I can't think of why but I'm a noob still so I'm probably not factoring in everything I should be.

In terms of plants, I'd like to have some sort of moss to attach to the wood and some HC to carpet the bottom which will be totally clear in terms of hardscape on the right side. I'll be doing a DSM on this which will be interesting with the wood bit still possible I'm sure. I'd like to attach a few plants to the wood with emmersed portions eventually and some moss to the emmersed wood of which I can snag a few types of on my property.

In terms of fauna, I would love to find a really active schooling fish and couple a school of those with some nano Cory or possibly otto. Some snails will complete the natural cleanup crew.

As far as filtration, I have a couple of options. The first is a sun sun 302 I got in a trade with a larger tank I'm not using. It would certainly be sufficient but may need a ball valve for flow control since it would probably be a bit (ok a lot) excessive. The other option is an Eheim 2011 I picked up recently. It's in amazing shape but I'd need to run a powerhead or two to properly circulate the water since I underestimated the kind of flow needed for a tank so long. Either way I plan on running clear tubing and glass or acrylic lily pipes in the hopes of a clean looking tank. I tossed around the idea of a sump but will probably opt for more simplicity despite the definite benefits it would add.

Any ideas or advice would be great as I'm not sure what the best type of plants/moss would be and this would be my first hi tech tank. Also advice in terms of fish would be cool too. I initially wanted to go w CPD and nano Cory but heard CPD can be really skittish and tend to get suicidal. Thanks for reading my insomnia induced rant of the day

sayurasem 09-30-2012 07:09 AM

Cant wait!

ChadRamsey 09-30-2012 01:03 PM

i just love 12g longs.

And that piece of DW is amazing, no doubt i will be watching this build

good luck

nerdariostomp 09-30-2012 01:14 PM

Thanks! I was really excited to find it. It has a lot of pockets and crevices to plant.

if_fishes_were_wishes 09-30-2012 04:24 PM

Your little guy looks pretty excited :) sweet setup...I'll be staying tuned!

I have cpd's in my 13 gallon rimless...they are very shy, but no jumpers - yet! I have tons of plants for them to hide in, so that seems to help. With your big clearing area, they may not feel as secure to venture out from the wood on the left. Then again, you never know!

nerdariostomp 09-30-2012 05:05 PM

Yeah I really like the way they look but I'd rather have some more active brave fish. I think my white clouds have spoiled me. My son loves fish a lot and he'll love the fact that this ones going in the bedroom. Now I can stare at two tanks while I'm up with insomnia

meowschwitz 09-30-2012 07:01 PM

I can't wait to see this get going!

nerdariostomp 10-01-2012 12:45 AM

Busted out the trusty ol nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens for some shots of the main piece of driftwood. I will eventually take this more seriously and actually set my white balance.

This is the side that will face out

The biggest pocket that will be planted.

Some more of the close details

This is part of the emersed end. There's another pocket here that will have something interesting happening in it

This is the side facing the left


And the backside. Also very cool but I want to take advantage of the sweet pool that is created by the growth that wraps around the other side.

Picked up a yoga mat today, some supplies to hang the light and the aquasoil comes tomorrow. I'll give myself till Friday to place a plant order from a member and then next week the planting and waiting will begin. I'm thinking a lot of anubias petite and some HC as well as a low light moss to cover the wood.

nerdariostomp 10-05-2012 12:35 AM

Seemed very crowded with the seiryu stone in there so I think ill sleep on this design for now. Thinking of some anubias petite growing on the wood and some staurogyne repens and HC to transition down the slope. I think ill forego the large emersed plant for the time being but I'm trying to think of something compact and colorful to break up the greenery ill have going on. Going to order everything before this weekend

Mike00726 10-06-2012 11:17 PM

Bad ass

KFryman 10-07-2012 06:47 AM

Wow! Amazing piece of driftwood! 12 gallon longs are awesome. Subbed!

nerdariostomp 10-07-2012 03:42 PM

Posted a WTB thread today for what ill be starting with in terms of plants (any seller reccomendations or offers if you have most of this would help)

Staurogyne repens around the tree (mostly in the back) surrounded by a carpet of glosso up top. Taller parts of the tree will have anubias nana petite tied to it and some moss (still not sure what will look best without going crazy) and then some HC to carpet down the hill. Might need to find an interesting low height wide plant (probably a crypt or normal anubias) to fill the cool pocket up front. I figure something to add some color but not so big that it'd overpower things.

I will probably also slope the hill high in the front right corner to create some more balance and keep it visually interesting.

nerdariostomp 10-07-2012 10:38 PM

And after a nice long nap with my son I find all plants I need are taken care of. Thanks to Colorful and EdwardN I should be planting by next week.

nerdariostomp 10-12-2012 01:48 AM

Got the evil eye from my wife the day I set this up so it was banished to work where I already had 2 tanks. So I took my Guppy/Otto tank and pulled the female guppies to take home to the boys. Pulled most of the plants and mopani wood as well and put in some seiryu stone and left some crypts and hair grass. It's now my CRS tank and they look great on the Eco complete substrate!

But I digress...this is what you all want to see

Staurogyne repens up top surrounded by glosso till the bottom of the hill fading into HC for the rest of the bottom. One anubias nana in the pocket and Taiwan moss tucked all over the wood. Thanks to Colorful for those plants :)

Came home today to find my other shipment of plants from EdwardN. Ordered some anubias nana petite to attach to the wood and got that and then some!

Very awesome community I've stumbled on for sure. I'll post some cooler shots at work tomorrow when I have more time. Came in to work at 6am to break down and condense my tanks and trim and clean up the plants. Left work an hour late and then came back for another hour to get the 12 long setup. I'm ready to drop but my workspace looks amazing!

somewhatshocked 10-12-2012 02:49 AM

Great tank. That wood is going to look beyond terrific once it's submerged.

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