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ianiwane 05-08-2006 10:17 PM

6 gallon rimless nano cave tank update July 5th 2006
I have been wanting to do this for a while. This is a rimless 6 gallon tank. Substrate is ADA amazonia regular and ADA Bright sand. I also use Ohko stones. Lighting is a 28 watt coralife aqualight 10,000k bulb. Cave is made out of steel mesh encased with waterfall foam. I am planning on putting some Apistogramma Borelli's into this tank. The dimensions of the tank is 18x8x10.

Picture inside the cave

Final after running a diatom filter for about 20 minutes

alphacat 05-08-2006 10:40 PM

Oh my goodness...

A cave? SWEET! What a great idea, especially as a hideout for smaller critters, fry, etc...

Are the sort of jagged rocks to the left of the cave mouth the Ohko stones? Did you purchase the steel mesh encased with waterfall foam, or make it yourself?

Finch_man 05-08-2006 10:44 PM

nice rock you got there. What kind is it?

ianiwane 05-08-2006 10:47 PM

Yeah those are the ohko stones. I got them at Aqua forest. I made the cave myself. I had to make it to fit the tank perfectly in order for it to work. The cave is not glued in place. The HOB filter goes into the cave to add circulation. There is also a mini pump in the cave to stir up detritus when needed.

uncskainch 05-08-2006 11:02 PM

That's very, very cool. Can't wait to see it as it grows in and gets its inhabitants.

Matthew Mahling 05-08-2006 11:16 PM

Tank looks great planted. Well done how you hid the handifoam under the substrate. I like the Downoi growing on it there. Whish I had some.
Are you planning on adding any additional hardscape to this tank?

ianiwane 05-08-2006 11:25 PM

Matthew, I sent you a pm on SFBAAPs earlier today. I probably won't be adding any additional hardscape. What you do think?

angel919 05-08-2006 11:35 PM

I just saw that on sfbaaps, hahaha, again nice work my name on there is Tommy

Lil boy blue 05-08-2006 11:41 PM

Since the filter is sucking water from the cave are you worried that it will suck the fry up?

ianiwane 05-08-2006 11:48 PM

I will move the filter if the borelli's I am going to put in there ever breed.

Matthew Mahling 05-09-2006 12:18 AM

Looks good as is. If you want to experiment too your welcome. Some of the branchy manzanita upside like roots in the water could look cool on the right.

ianiwane 05-09-2006 02:58 AM

I'll think about it Matthew. Thanks. I put some cherries in there right now. They seem to be doing fine. I'll wait a week before I put anything else in there.

alphacat 05-09-2006 05:37 PM

I wonder if any of the fauna will use the cave for spawning... I mean, hey, it's got mood lighting!

ianiwane 05-09-2006 06:01 PM

that is the plan, the Apistogramma borelli are cave breeders.

ogre 05-09-2006 11:18 PM

that's probably one of the coolest nano's I've ever seen. great idea!

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