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binbin9 01-16-2013 07:22 PM

Binbin9's - 12 Gallon - Clean Slate
My 12 gallon just arrived!! Woohoo!

I've seen some amazing aquascapes from this forum and it has inspired me to do my own 12 gallon setup.

The box just arrived to my office and it was definitely well insulated . This box is huge!

It's been like Christmas here again. My eheim, media, inline heaters, plants, shrimps, aquasoils, and misc shrimp products have been arriving in the last few weeks.

I can't wait to tear into this thing.

BoxxerBoyDrew 01-16-2013 09:30 PM


Can't wait to see it setup!

binbin9 01-25-2013 09:30 PM

Quick update:

I had a 5 gallon fluval edge that I finally was able to sell to make counter space for the new project. I had to take a lost, but the wife was like " you have to lose one or the other" Sorry Fluval you lost and Mr. Aqua is the new tenant.

Here it is outside of the box on my bench.

Here's what I had in mind for a design. I want to do an Iwagumi style tank with T5HO lights, seiryu stones, CO2, perhaps some DIY Lilly pipes, riccia carpet, and some pennywort to balance the middle.

I found the stones from Midway and am ordering the other items online.

I am most likely keeping some kind of blue or red shrimp to speckle the substrate with color. Perhaps some royal blues from Speedie when he gets them =).

binbin9 01-25-2013 09:34 PM

My ADA aquasoil is here! OH YES!!

I got amazonia and africana. It took 3 weeks to get here so I'm a bit excited that it's finally arrived.

amazonia - buffers to about 6-6.4 PH
africana - can buffer the water into the 5PH range.

I'm using RO water so it should be able to hit the lower end of the range.

As far as plants go.

The RICCIA is on the way, Thank you iovaykind for the RAOK. I plan on meshing them down with little rocks and making streaks of them in between the seiryu stones.

Found some pennywort from Ebay. It's also on the way.

binbin9 01-25-2013 09:35 PM

The africana is actually for my Macrostoma tank and not the 12 gallon.

Conrad283 01-25-2013 11:15 PM

This one is gonna look real good

shrimpnmoss 01-25-2013 11:17 PM

Sweet 12 longs are sweet looking tanks. The new Amazonia will actually buffer into the 5s...old Amazonia buffered in the 6's...

binbin9 01-26-2013 09:07 PM

The tank has a home. I found a good spot on my kitchen counter.

Time for the seasonings and new Amazonia:

I dumped an entire bag into it.

Time for the stones: This is my initial design. I wanted to stay as close to it as possible.

And this is the 1st attempt with the stones in the tank. I noticed that I was a few stones short and the right side seemed a bit too overpowered by the left grouping. So I pulled a non Seiryu stone to temporarily fill the gap. However it kinda sticks out like a sore thumb.

This is the redo with the temporary stone to the right.

I definitely want a more consistent look so I went out and bought 3 more stones. It works out to be about $55 in stones from the local LFS.

binbin9 01-26-2013 09:16 PM

moving onto the light.

I did a ton of research for a light that had great ratings and didnt break the bank. I wanted a T5HO, and about 36" long to fit the tank's length. Coralife is a well known brand but I read that the lights have some bad batches of ballast that go dead about 6 months into their use. Aquaticlife works great but is pricey and kinda bulky.

I found this odyssea dual bulb fixture 39W on amazon that was priced right about $60 bucks. It has a sleek design and great ratings.

These Mr. Aqua 12GL's are not quite 36" but the lights were, so I had to figure out a way to make it work.

Out of the box this is what it looks like. It's sits way too low to the tank, however the legs are removable and you can bend the metal rods as needed. I made a couple of bare handed 90 ish bends in the legs and was able to raise it up to a much better height.
I really do not like the blue bulb. I'm thinking about replacing it with another T5 bulb. It's not as blue in person but on camera it looks twice as bad.

binbin9 01-26-2013 09:21 PM

Here's the final hardscape with the the additional stones I just bought.

As far as plants go, I think I'll go minimalistic with a riccia carpet or possibly HC. I've got no experience with either so it'd be interesting to see.

In the mail are Riccia and some pennywort. =) I can't wait until they get here. I've started a substrate soak so I can prep for the plants.

Nanoful 01-27-2013 02:24 AM

very funny, your tank and my look exactly we r in the same progress....let c who win at the end lol

binbin9 01-28-2013 02:12 AM

LOL - I have to see you tank. =)

binbin9 01-28-2013 02:19 AM

Update: Today I replaced the actinic blub with a 6700 T5 bulb and it makes the tank look so much better. I've also started a dry soak.

I was also going to put some pennyworts in there, but found these pennywort like plants clumped and carpeting a piece of my backyard. I thought they looked pretty so I dug some up rinsed them and planted them in.

Can anyone identify it. I highly doubt they are aquatics plants and I suspect once I do a fill that they would completely rot.

binbin9 01-28-2013 03:37 PM

after some research, looks like what I found the yard was Dichondra carolinensis (pony's foot) they dont do too well submerged so out they go.

ChadRamsey 01-28-2013 04:35 PM

wow very nice scape and start to this tank

the additional stone make a world of difference

good luck

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