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rocksmom 03-20-2013 10:33 PM

Mr. Aqua 6g Bookshelf CRS tank - Split seam!
 
I saw these kits at a LFS a month or two ago, but didn't get one because of the price. I was working on setting up a Petco bookshelf tank I already had yesterday, but decided to just go for it and get the glass one instead. I'll share my "unboxing" in the next post for those curious about the new kits.

Equipment
6 gallon Mr. Aqua Bookshelf/Office tank
One or two planted AC20s (basically just some lucky bamboo and what I'm pretty sure is pothos, might add more later)
Included Hidoli brand led light fixture

Hardscape
Fluval Shrimp Stratum
Manzanita
Yamaya stones

Flora
Peacock moss
Hydrocotyle sp.
Ludwigia sp.
Blyxa japonica
C. wendtii green
Anubias nana

Fauna
CBS and/or CRS
Boraras Maculatus
Ramshorn snails

March 21, 2013
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...lf/day1fts.jpg

April 14, 2013
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...april14fts.jpg

May 14, 2013
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...f/may14fts.jpg

rocksmom 03-20-2013 10:34 PM

While I feel these kits are way overpriced ($160 for this size), I know lots of people own the Petco one and have asked about similar glass tanks so I thought I'd go for it so I could share it on here. I guess at some point they're supposed to release just the tanks for sale, but for now they're only available with the filter and light included. The included packaging calls it an "Office Aquarium," but their website calls it "Mini Bookshelf."

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...f/DSC00202.jpg

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http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...f/DSC00212.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...f/DSC00213.jpg

The light actually looks pretty bright. It says it's 9.4 watts and has 4 blue leds, the rest are white. Not sure what color temperature they are. I didn't see that listed anywhere. I included the last picture with the wood in the tank so you could see the light hitting off something other than the reflective glass and my desk. The fixture itself feels... lightweight. Definitely does not feel super durable, but it looks nice. As long as it grows plants I'll be happy since these long, low tanks are difficult to properly light.

The HOB seems fine. Very typical looking media and build quality. Even includes a little prefilter sponge and extension piece for deeper tanks. The only reason I probably won't use it is that I already have two ac20's.

Kai808 03-20-2013 11:20 PM

I think I saw this at my lfs for $145. It's nice but you could've bought another 12 g long. lol Can't wait to see it set up!

rocksmom 03-20-2013 11:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kai808 (Post 2889938)
I think I saw this at my lfs for $145. It's nice but you could've bought another 12 g long. lol Can't wait to see it set up!

We already have two 12g longs and I don't think my desk would support the weight. That's why I was going to set up the petco one, but even the 6 gallons makes me nervous. Trust me, I'm always tempted though. They had a couple of them in stock today.

sourgrl 03-21-2013 12:05 AM

I loved our petco bookshelf tank but our betta didn't. This kit looks awesome. Can't
wait to see it evolve.

acitydweller 03-21-2013 12:06 AM

awesome... did it also come with the folding table ;)

Kinection 03-21-2013 12:11 AM

I have a feeling this is going to look sick! CBS and CRS will look awesome in there! :)

rocksmom 03-21-2013 12:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2890490)
awesome... did it also come with the folding table ;)

Haha. That would be courtesy of my friendly neighborhood Costco.

JEden8 03-21-2013 03:57 AM

Cool looking tank!

VJM 03-21-2013 07:52 AM

Awesome tank! May have to grab one too.

sayurasem 03-21-2013 08:11 AM

They have different volume models for that tank. I am still debating to get it or not because of the price. I just love long dimension tanks!

rocksmom 03-21-2013 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 2894186)
They have different volume models for that tank. I am still debating to get it or not because of the price. I just love long dimension tanks!

Yeah, I actually would have preferred the 4 gallon one I think, but they didn't have it. Just two of these. If you don't have any immediate plants for it I would say hold off. The tank by itself should be a lot cheaper if their other prices are any indication.

RWaters 03-21-2013 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by acitydweller (Post 2890490)
awesome... did it also come with the folding table ;)

Haha! I was thinking the same thing.

Is the tank going to stay on that table?

LilGreenMan 03-21-2013 05:15 PM

I like the clear HOB filter, I think it looks very nice on a rimless tank. Your driftwood looks amazing too!

rocksmom 03-21-2013 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RWaters (Post 2896850)
Haha! I was thinking the same thing.

Is the tank going to stay on that table?

No, it's not staying on the table. That's my "fish table." I pull it out when I'm working on a tank so I don't have to use the kitchen counter. Very handy. :)

It's actually going on my (messy) desk next to my wabi kusa:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...shelf/desk.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...helf/desk2.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by LilGreenMan (Post 2896930)
I like the clear HOB filter, I think it looks very nice on a rimless tank. Your driftwood looks amazing too!

Thanks! I'm pretty sure I'm going to use that piece, but I might move it around. It's blocking a lot of light as it is.


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