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Old 02-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default 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.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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Nice start with the hardscape Jake! Where do you plan on putting the fissidens? on the rock?
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Yep - on the rock work.
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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.
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that looks really nice, will look good grown in. Although the rocks look really good bare too, almost a shame to cover them.
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What did you use for a glue?
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The rock work isn't glued together.

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

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Nice start with the rock work. Lots of crevices to satisfy your shrimp friends.

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looks amazing
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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…
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Bah!!!.....where did you get the black lava rocks?....only ones i can find are grill rocks and much too small.
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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.
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boooooo not seeing pictures at work :/
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Where did ya get them?...the lava rocks that is?
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