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Old 05-03-2013, 04:57 AM   #1
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7.5 Gallon Cube

When I first started planted tank back in college, I remember visiting this site almost on an hourly basis. After graduating, I have to drop the hobby completely due to the numerous moves and job changes.

Recently, I was bit hard by the fish bug after visiting Aqua Forest in SF. I started going over all the tank journal on this site and realized that there's a whole new line of tanks from Mr. Aqua. Finally, I can get the looks of rimless tanks without selling my kidney. It turned out that a lfs was doing a pre-order for Mr. Aqua tanks, and I immediately jumped the gun on a 12 gallon long. 3 weeks later, I have yet to receive my tank. So I went online and order a 7.5 gallon cube to relieve my urge to tank. It arrived 3 days later, and now I am finally able to start a journal of my own.

Tank: Mr. Aqua 7.5 gal cube
Light: Mr. Aqua (Hidoli) clip on led
Substrate: ADA Amazonia
Plants: Dwarf Hairgrass, Subwassertang , Anubias nana - gold
Fauna: Probably shrimp?

The tank was packaged really well, there was no chance it would've break.

Mr. Aqua clip on Led

The light has 9 white led and 3 blue. Not sure if I like this light...it's definitely thin, but wish it was made without the blue leds. It gives out almost a purple color when viewed in person. Might be a good think for red color fish/shrimp??


The piece laying down actually has a lot of characters (holes of various shape and sizes), it would be a find hide out spot for shrimp in the future.

Decided to go with dry start, first time for me. Eventually, I want to turn the Subwassertang into a mini bush and probably have some stem plants on the rear right corner.

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Old 05-03-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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Glad that you didn't have to sell a kidney and the tank looks great. Can't wait for it grow in.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:10 AM   #3
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Great start!

Though I do have a suggestion. I would definitely drain some of the water out to at least substrate level for the hairgrass if you are planning on doing a dry start.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:13 AM   #4
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Looking good so far. Keep us updated
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #5
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Looks good! I went through the same thing - graduated last May and now planning my 12g long. They have the best dimensions!

Also, I agree with Bananriot, dry starts don't need much water. Can't wait to see the progress!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advices guys!

Water drained down to the substrate. I did notice that the Subwassertang is drying out much faster than I can keep it moist in (definitely not a dry start plant for me...). I decided to keep them and the Anubias in a clear cup until the tank is ready to fill.

I also decided to try a different method of planting hair grass (on the right). These were scraps that I was going to throw away, since they were near impossible to trim and plant.

I also noticed that there's a lot of fungal/spore growth on the wood, these are powdery stuff that fly away like dust every time I put spray water on it. I've been having mad allergy since I start this tank, wondering if this has to do with it...
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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Mold spores are a very common allergy.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:25 AM   #8
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Update 5/5/13

It's been 7 days since drystarting. New roots are starting to come out. I am very surprised that the scraps that I just randomly placed in there are sprouting like crazy. It has better growth than any of the bunches I've planted. I am actually leaving the lights on from 7am-11pm, plus 2 natural lights.

I've also added Xmas moss on the driftwood. (Got ripped off on craigslist, but at least I got a portion of it). These are actually growing pretty nicely. Probably 3-5cm of grow daily.

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Any updates on this tank? I'm sort of interested in this light and how it performs.
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