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Old 03-28-2013, 03:03 PM   #136
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Thanks!

I think this tank is proof that one doesn't have to have major skills or tons of cash to make something look nice.

Sure, the scape would look worlds better in a high-clarity rimless tank without all the green pipes and orange end caps. But I'm in this for cheap.

Cost breakdown:

Tank: $12
Glass cover: $8
LED Fixture: $60, I think? But not necessary
Pool filter sand: $3
Wood: $5
Moss: $8
Crypts: $30
Filter: Already had the Eheim 2213 and rigid tubing but it would only be about $100 total for everything new

So it's really affordable. Even factoring in the fancy filter, fancy lighting and such. Easier to hit the goal of having a decent tank when saving up to buy everything.

Side note: People often complain about not being able to afford something for their tank. That's my favorite part of the hobby: the anticipation of saving up to eventually get something. Makes you appreciate it more once you have it in your possession.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:09 PM   #137
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Side note: People often complain about not being able to afford something for their tank. That's my favorite part of the hobby: the anticipation of saving up to eventually get something. Makes you appreciate it more once you have it in your possession.
Sooo true. Really nice aquarium on budget!

Unfortunately, for those of use just beginning the hobby, we can't just take plants from other tanks or use old equipment, so everything comes with shipping cost. Are those Amano Shrimp actually good at eating algae?
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #138
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It's a hobby. That's why - even for people who have been at this a long time - getting exactly what you want is important. Means you have to understand it, desire it and save up for it. If everything was cheap or easy to obtain, it wouldn't be as fun.

Amanos do eat some algae. I mostly keep them in tanks that have fish because they're ravenous eaters and clean up whatever doesn't get eaten by other critters in the tank. And because they look cool.

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Sooo true. Really nice aquarium on budget!

Unfortunately, for those of use just beginning the hobby, we can't just take plants from other tanks or use old equipment, so everything comes with shipping cost. Are those Amano Shrimp actually good at eating algae?
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:57 PM   #139
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During water change today, I moved some of the larger Crypts from beneath the moss nearer the front of the tank. Wanted them to get some more lighting.

Guess I'll see in a few days how things turn out. May take photos tomorrow.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:33 PM   #140
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A little cloudy last night when I took this:



That's after moving some Crypts around. Still need to do a heavy moss trim and remove some other Crypts.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:02 AM   #141
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Is the only reason you got rid of the 10W led flood light because it was ugly? I was also wondering if you dose anything? Is your substrate just pool filter sand... nothing underneath? This is exactly what I want to do with a spare 10 gallon that I have. I'm only interested in keeping small corys, easy shrimp, and some gold rabbit snails in it. Great looking tank... I love seeing the updates on it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:21 PM   #142
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If you're just now starting up a tank, I encourage you to read through this thread and others.

Yes, the flood light was unattractive.

As mentioned in the thread, I don't dose anything because I only have crypts and mosses. I use homemade root tabs, however.

It's just pool filter sand. Cories and shrimp are sensitive and both love to dig around, so they'd make a mess if it were anything but pool filter sand. Malaysian Trumpet Snails would also mix any soil beneath sand and it would look nasty.
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:47 AM   #143
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Sorry, I've actually kept tanks my whole life. I've always kept plants too (java moss, java ferns, anubias, anacharis, foxtail, floating plants...etc.) I'm just finally converting one of my ten gallons over to a heavily planted tank. I modified the original light strip and put two 18W CFLs in it. I bought Eco-Complete, because I thought that's all I would need for substrate but have learned otherwise. I've decided now to use mineralized soil caped with either the Eco-Comp or sand. I'm also searching hard for a pressurized CO2 system. CFLs aren't the most efficient and I was interested in wether the 10W led would do better for me. I don't have any way to measure the PAR and I don't really understand led lighting yet. It just seems that moss, crypts, java ferns, anubias, and a couple other plants would be a fun tank to do. I have 10 gallons worth of java moss, but I would LOVE to get my hands on some of that X-mas moss. It sells for $15 for a 2x2 mesh piece at my lfs. Too much for me to justify spending lol. Anyway... keep up the great work. I really enjoy seeing this tank.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:26 AM   #144
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Good to see the update. Is the moss taking much area away from the cory? Seams like the sand part shrinked alot. Im planning to have a cory tank but still debating a planted tank or blakcwater tank.
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The moss is several inches above the sand, so it doesn't impact bottom dwellers like Corydoras habrosus.

A note about Blackwater... all the Cories I've ever kept really seem to thrive best in planted tanks.

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:07 PM   #146
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A 10W flood light wouldn't be enough light to use with pressurized CO2. You'd want a more powerful fixture that's specifically created for planted tanks. Or use use daylight CFLs with good reflectors.

For Christmas Moss, check out the For Sale section here on the forum. Several members have it for sale.

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Sorry, I've actually kept tanks my whole life. I've always kept plants too (java moss, java ferns, anubias, anacharis, foxtail, floating plants...etc.) I'm just finally converting one of my ten gallons over to a heavily planted tank. I modified the original light strip and put two 18W CFLs in it. I bought Eco-Complete, because I thought that's all I would need for substrate but have learned otherwise. I've decided now to use mineralized soil caped with either the Eco-Comp or sand. I'm also searching hard for a pressurized CO2 system. CFLs aren't the most efficient and I was interested in wether the 10W led would do better for me. I don't have any way to measure the PAR and I don't really understand led lighting yet. It just seems that moss, crypts, java ferns, anubias, and a couple other plants would be a fun tank to do. I have 10 gallons worth of java moss, but I would LOVE to get my hands on some of that X-mas moss. It sells for $15 for a 2x2 mesh piece at my lfs. Too much for me to justify spending lol. Anyway... keep up the great work. I really enjoy seeing this tank.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #147
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The moss looks amazing! I wish mine did.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:01 PM   #148
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Thanks.

I find moss grows best in unheated tanks with decent flow. Other than those two things, it's pretty forgiving.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #149
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I really like this set up. I just bought a 10g during Petco's $1/gal sale. It's currently empty in a closet. I bought it specifically to do a shrimp tank right, from the start. Anyway, this thread gives me lots of ideas and inspiration. I really like the cories with shrimp. I like how nicely it progressed.
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Earlier today, I moved something like 800 (we stopped counting at about 700) Pond Snails into a 40B from this tank.

In this case, it was the result of purposeful overfeeding. Some great looking specimens! Will have some photos sometime in the next couple days.
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