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Old 04-09-2012, 01:52 AM   #16
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Petlanddiscount near me has a Deep Blue tank like that with three compartments for bettas. I think it's 1.5 or 2 gallons. The extra length on that one looks great. They also make a one gallon that's tall rather than wide, but unfortunately ..it's only one gallon! I can't wait to see yours set up.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:58 AM   #17
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Nice light, that'll look nice on the rack or wherever you put it.

These'd be great for shrimp racks!
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:14 AM   #18
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One of the potential locations:



Not sold on it, as it won't really be visible unless you're sitting where I sit to do work every day.

Another option, the space between the two 20Ls:



Leaning toward the spot beneath the Ebi. It'll help hide the junk hanging behind the shelf.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:47 AM   #19
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Not sold on it, as it won't really be visible unless you're sitting where I sit to do work every day.
Isn't that why we have tanks? To serve as ADD induction machines? Hey that sounds like ADA. Connection? Made.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:51 AM   #20
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At least *I* will know it's there! You're right.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:27 AM   #21
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My tanks are strategically placed all around my room. At least my current favorite's on my desk so I don't have to flat out turn straight around in my swivel chair and stair for 15 minutes at a time. lol
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:29 AM   #22
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Created both of my work spaces at home (large loft environment with multiple levels) so I can always see tanks ahead of me or just to the side. It's really improved my quality of life, to say the least. More people should consider it.
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Absolutely. I think we're happier people in general

Looking at my tanks and listening to some music is better than watching TV for me. It really clears your mind out more than anything else; so in that way, as others (*cough cough* parents) may see them as "distractions," we see planted aquariums as the key to clearer, different thinking.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #24
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Curious to see how this goes. I've also seen these at Petland, a commercial store. Mainly meant for Bettas.

Now I'm tempted to get one if I see it that size! lol
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uh oh... i think i'm getting another tank. -_-

btw, is this rack sturdy enough for 2 20Ls?
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Yep - check the journal out for details.

Not the cheap-o wire racks from Target. They're the Home Depot version rated for tons of weight.

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btw, is this rack sturdy enough for 2 20Ls?
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:38 PM   #27
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I went and looked at the catalog for that company and I definitely want some of those tanks. You have a great one I cant wait to see how it turns out!
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Think I've settled on Willow and Java/Xmas/Peacock mosses. Flame and the wild-type of Willow would be ideal but I can almost never get my hands on either.

And maybe a bunch of C. parva if I can find it in submerged form so I don't have to go through the crypt melt shenanigans. Think I'll avoid Anubias in this tank because even nana 'petite' would be kind of large.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:11 PM   #29
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People constantly ask me how much substrate comes in various packages from various sources. So let's take a look.

Here are a couple of my favorites. One is overpriced, the other isn't. I'll let you figure it out for yourself.



Each 2kg bag of the Shrimp Sand is $20-$25.

Each 5.4kg bag of Azoo is $20-$25.

Azoo is lighter than Shrimp Sand so you get easily 4-6 times as much product for your money.

Two bags of UP Aqua Shrimp Sand **might** be enough for me to line the bottom of this tiny tank. A bag of Azoo will cover a 20L with ease.

Not trying to review vendors, not trying to say one is better than the other because they both have their strengths and weaknesses. Just showing you what you get for your money.
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LED fixture came today and it is just meh. I knew I was getting something really cheap, though, and am okay with it. And it's perfect for this application.

Here's a look:







A look at the substrate (Shrimp Sand) I chose to use:



How the fixture lights things up:



I think I'll be able to maintain low light for moss and C. parva (come on, people, sell me some submerged C. parva already!) if the fixture sits right on top of the tank with a thin glass cover.

Though, if you take a look at how little room there is on the tank:



You'll see that I need to suspend it probably an inch or two above the tank. We'll see how that works out.

Have been super gluing scraps of wood together all afternoon and plan to attach some moss later today with plans of flooding the tank this evening.

Plan to let things run and grow for a month before shrimp move in. I've sold off nearly all of my Crystals so I'm thinking I may end up buying something to provide stark contrast to the tank's soon-to-be dark features. It's a little small so I'm not sure Tigers are a good choice. Probably some run-of-the-mill CRS or maybe Snow Whites/Goldens? Possibilities are endless!

Thanks for reading along on yet another tiny tank journey.

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