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somewhatshocked 02-24-2013 06:10 PM

Jake's 5.5gal Tiger & Cherry Shrimp Tank
Time to start a new tank for Tigers and Cherries, as I need to shut down one of my 20Ls for a do-over.

The Stuff:
  • Standard 5.5gal tank
  • Fluval 30 (formerly Aquaclear 30)
  • Pool Filter Sand
  • Black Lava Rock
  • Not sure on lighting yet
  • Fissidens
  • Maybe some other mosses

Here's roughly how it will look:

Gonna try to keep things simple and clean.

GMYukonon24s 02-24-2013 07:10 PM

Nice start with the hardscape Jake! Where do you plan on putting the fissidens? on the rock?

somewhatshocked 02-24-2013 08:33 PM

Yep - on the rock work.

somewhatshocked 02-24-2013 08:39 PM

Looks rough now but give it six weeks:

Should have some decent growth. Then I can glue bits and pieces in a few more spots.

Ideally, I would have done a "dry start" but I need to get this thing shrimp-ready within six weeks.

rustbucket 02-25-2013 12:59 AM

that looks really nice, will look good grown in. Although the rocks look really good bare too, almost a shame to cover them.

Barbgirl 02-25-2013 01:12 AM

What did you use for a glue?

somewhatshocked 02-25-2013 01:13 AM

The rock work isn't glued together.

Fissidens is attached with Superglue Gel.

Barbgirl 02-25-2013 01:30 AM

Meant to put for fissidens. It's late and my brain is not 100% functioning sorry!!

Definitely going to subscribe to this one

A.D.D.i.c.t. 02-25-2013 05:11 AM

Re: Jake's 5.5gal Tiger & Cherry Shrimp Tank
Nice start with the rock work. Lots of crevices to satisfy your shrimp friends.

the addiction continues...

chou 02-25-2013 06:26 AM

looks amazing

somewhatshocked 02-25-2013 04:37 PM

Just got a new fixture from eBay that I'm toying with using on my 45-F. If it doesn't work out, I may use it on this tank instead:

Here's what it looks like:

If not that, then I'll likely suspend a spare 24" Marineland Double Bright four or five inches above the tank.

Decisions, decisions…

mubender 02-26-2013 09:17 PM

Bah!!!.....where did you get the black lava rocks?....only ones i can find are grill rocks and much too small.

somewhatshocked 02-26-2013 09:29 PM

You can do some pretty cool things with black lava rock meant for landscaping. See here.

A little reef epoxy putty and you're golden.

You should be able to get larger pieces from landscape suppliers.

shmeeg 02-26-2013 09:44 PM

boooooo not seeing pictures at work :/

mubender 02-26-2013 11:05 PM

Where did ya get them?...the lava rocks that is?

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