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Old 03-03-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Raftlife's 2.2 Gallon Office Cube


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I got the green light from my boss to put a small aquarium on my desk in my office, so I've spent a bunch of time this weekend getting as much of it set up as I can before the work week starts. Some things will change, but today it is up and running.

AQUARIUM: 8x8x8" Cube found at LFS

LIGHTING: Right now it's got an 18 watt JBJ 50/50 PC clamp (leftover from my saltwater days) but that's just a placeholder for today until my Aquatop Nano Type-P Led Light arrives in the mail

CO2: Up Aqua Pierce CO2 system (coming this week)

FILTER: Aqua Clear 20... I'll probably change that

PLANTS: - Moss ball, java moss, mayaca fluviatilis

Fish: 1 betta

Sorry the pictures aren't that great, I just threw this together before a really crazy week at work and I wanted to have the heavy lifting already done. All I had around was my phone to take pictures though...






My new workspace


Can't wait to get the light tomorrow and not have a blue planted tank!

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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neat nano tank for your desk! what's the substrate? are you going to keep it just a single betta or do shrimp or nanofish of some sort?
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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Heater? The archaea mini is about the smallest I have been able to find. Bettas like 76-86 and very constant temperature.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:15 PM   #4
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oh wow jbj
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #5
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Update: The betta fish jumped Time to rethink stocking... maybe shrimp after all? Any suggestions?

Heater: our office is fairly warm so I was going to try and do it without a heater but I decided to go ahead and order one.

Substrate: just black gravel from the lfs. Now that I'm looking around I see that aquasoil is all the rage - maybe I should have gotten that.

Still nothing I've ordered in the mail has come yet. No real progress here
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:46 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your Betta, that is why if I do a Nano with a Betta, I plan to have a cover.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:50 PM   #7
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My Betta managed to jump out of the small rectangular opening at the top of my Fluval Spec. They definitely are active fish if you give them the correct conditions and this can lead to their demise.

Honestly, if I were you, I would take this as an opportunity to switch over to Aquasoil (Fluval Stratum and ADA are both great) and maybe stock some shrimp. In my experience, shrimp are as fun, if not more fun, than fish to watch. They have a lot of personality!
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #8
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It had a cover but there was a small opening near the future. Lesson learned...
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #9
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Nice office!
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Thank you! This is my first "real person" job as I just graduated college last year and I can't believe I have an office at all, let alone a nice one. It's nice to also be able to put in a small aquarium.

I think I'm going to go with aquasoil - I guess this tank will go on hold for another week it seems. Too bad I already bought the plants...

Also now that I'm doing aquasoil, I think I'll add an HC carpet. Any other suggestions for plants/fish/inverts?
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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Update: Replaced the HOB filter (eyesore) with a mini internal filter. Much nicer looking and much quieter.

I added a mini heater

CO2 system came today, no sense in putting it in just now though I'm still waiting for the aquasoil and new light. I'm getting pretty tired of this blue reef light...

If anyone has plant/fish/invert suggestions I would love to hear them!

No progress otherwise - looks kinda the same
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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What mini heater and internal filter are you using?

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:53 PM   #13
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You may as well try a neo shrimp. They're durable, forgiving and look nice. Also a conversational starter. You'll be asked as many times as there are employees if they're edible.

I'd also look at that light. You're bound to get algae and it doesn't really look like it is in a good spectrum for freshwater viewing.


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try least killifish! small and easy and for the most part shrimp safe(my haven't bothered the adult shrimps but I don't have any babies yet). I leave them over the weekend with no food and they are okay and no shrimp deaths either. no heater or filter and both shrimp and fish are okay.
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