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Old 05-06-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Archstone's 12 Gallon Long


Finally got my 12 gallon long from that I've pre-ordered at a very good price from a LFS. So I'm start a 2nd plant journal with this one.

Tank: Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long
Light: TBD
Substrate: ADA Amazonia
Plants: TBD
Fauna: TBD

I am thinking of using the Nanotech Sunblaster 36" t5ho for this tank. It's hydrophonics lighting, anyone have experience with them for a planted tank?


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I am going to use Manzanita driftwood for this tank and got a tons of nice wood with characters. It's down to 4 scapes, any idea which one look better?


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Thanks for looking, please check out my other journal of a 7.5 gal cube.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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1 is best. once it fills in with plants it will look amazing. As amano says to keep an open space slightly off centered. That one is the most natural and driftwood sticking out of tank leaves a dramatic impression.
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Glad to see you finally got your 12g long! Just curious, how much did it cost from your LFS order?

As for the light - is that fixture 1 bulb (1x39w)? Never used that one, but I am planning a 12g Long and will be using a 1x39w t5ho fixture as well. Probably gonna need to raise it a bit since this tank is so shallow. Can't wait to see your progress on both of these beautiful tanks!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:24 AM   #5
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Also, I say the second pic with the driftwood, and remove the right piece. I can see the driftwood being surrounded by stem plants with an open field of some sort of groundcover on the right
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Glad to see you finally got your 12g long! Just curious, how much did it cost from your LFS order?

It was $67 plus tax (pre-order price). The cheapest online I found was $90 with free shipping.


As for the light - is that fixture 1 bulb (1x39w)? Never used that one, but I am planning a 12g Long and will be using a 1x39w t5ho fixture as well. Probably gonna need to raise it a bit since this tank is so shallow. Can't wait to see your progress on both of these beautiful tanks!
Yeah, it's a 1 bulb, not really made for aquarium, but the light has small footprint and a good reflector. I am planning to suspend it, so it should work.
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Yeah, it's a 1 bulb, not really made for aquarium, but the light has small footprint and a good reflector. I am planning to suspend it, so it should work.
Yeah, no problem with the fixture. Just wondering cause the 12 long is shallow. I think that light will work, as long as you get a good bulb for it (6500k or so)
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #8
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If you do a search for that light on the forum you'll see quite a few people have used them. I have one and use the stock bulb (6400k) and the plants grow fine. It's a little warm/yellow to the eye, but the plants don't care.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:32 AM   #9
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Update 5/19/2013

After finally getting a light for the 12 gallon long, I was able to post some update. I was trying to find a way to mount the hydroponic light and the easier way was with pvc pipe. But the smallest pvc I can find at HD was 1/2", which is still really bulky compare to a 12 gallon long. Instead, I found some very low profile 1/2" copper pipe and fittings, so I gave it a try.





I am not sure how well the copper pipe will withstand the oxidation, but since it's indoor, I am hopping it will be alright...If not, I will paint it black.

Anyone try filling a tank with air tubing? It actually works quite well, I used 2 tubing and it filled a 12 gallon in 40min. It barely kicked up anything.


Planted and filled on 5/17, but something didn't seem right... wife said there's too much going on in such a small tank. She's not a hobbyist, but I can't agree with her more.


Replanted 2 days later after finding an amazing plant in a LFS, Red Nasaea? Liked it much better.


Also added jello CO2. Still don't quite understand how plants can get CO2 from the bubble flowing straight to the top.



Thanks for looking. and thanks wife for the feedback and let me mess around with fish tank all weekend!
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Nice start! I really want to see how that red Nesaea grows in. Just a couple of things, you have a lot of fast growing plants in there and you'll have to trim them often once they settle in. Next, yes the plants will have a hard time getting the co2. You want the bubbles to stay in contact with the water as long as possible for better absorption(probably not the best word). You can try moving the diffuser either under the output of the HOB or better yet under the input so it gets chopped up by the impeller.

I hope that helps.

One more thing, I'm not sure if it's just the pictures, but you have achieved something that's hard to do with this tank... You created a lot of depth. I keep thinking that this is a 45f or 60f. Good Job!
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Nice start! I really want to see how that red Nesaea grows in. Just a couple of things, you have a lot of fast growing plants in there and you'll have to trim them often once they settle in. Next, yes the plants will have a hard time getting the co2. You want the bubbles to stay in contact with the water as long as possible for better absorption(probably not the best word). You can try moving the diffuser either under the output of the HOB or better yet under the input so it gets chopped up by the impeller.

I hope that helps.

One more thing, I'm not sure if it's just the pictures, but you have achieved something that's hard to do with this tank... You created a lot of depth. I keep thinking that this is a 45f or 60f. Good Job!
Thank you!

I have realized that the Red Nesaea is a very difficult plant to grow after doing some research. Probably should have done that before buying it. My goal is to keep it alive for as long as possible.

Thanks for the advice on the CO2. I moved the HOB and now bubbles are being trapped underneath the outflow.

As for the depth, I think it's a combination of cloudy water and putting driftwood in the very front of the tank, as well as very back of the tank.
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how's this tank coming along?
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