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Old 07-26-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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7 Gallon Mini-Bow Planted- LED :)


Hello All,

So I had an old 7 gallon mini bow sitting around, begging to be planted. I saw this tank:


and knew I wanted to do something a lot like it. I started to gather supplies, but lighting was definitely an issue, as the hood is only 15" long, with a pretty weak 14 watt fluorescent bulb. $100 later I had LEDs:


A panorama 8000K module that actually fit right into the existing screw holes from the fluorescent reflector. Man is it bright!

The blank canvas:


I obtained 14lbs of Seiryu rock from a great member here (reybie):


and soon got to work. Aquasoil amazonia (New Type- Regular):


I then began building the hardscape. The left side just "came" to me. The right side took forever though:


Finalized scape:


The next day I picked up some HC at my LFS. Separated from rock wool and floating:


The first of many:


All planted:


Some macro shots:






The water level- is it high enough?


FTS:


Stocking plans:
Some really nice, small fish.
A few ottos.
Shrimp (suggestions? something fairly inexpensive, but colorful).
Lots of plants!

Equipment list:
AGA 7 Gallon Mini Bow
Hydor Theo 25 Watt Heater
AquaClear 30 Filter (with small sponge on intake)
Fluval 88g CO2 Setup
Aquasoil Amazonia Normal New Type
Seiryu rock
Panorama LED 8000K Retro
Coralife Thermometer
Hikari Shrimp Pellet
Flourish
Prime
1/2 RO; 1/2 Tap Treated with Prime


Thanks all- comments and suggestions very welcome, hope you like it! :
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:16 PM   #2
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That would be HC - Hemianthus Callichitroides not UG - Utriclaria Gramminifolia. Looks great though. As far as your water level I can't be of much help.

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Old 07-26-2011, 04:07 PM   #3
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Fixed, thanks!
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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man how'd you retro fit the leds?

in any case, i really like it although im curious as to what you're going to put on the elevated substrate to the leftside


great start!
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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It was really easy actually. Remove bulb, unscrew sockets/ reflector, and gut out wiring and switch. I made the hole that the old wiring went into a bit bigger, and the female connector for the panorama module slid through. Used some electrical tape to close off old hole from switch, and mounted module into the hood. It was two screws, and luckily they lined up exactly with where the old fixture went, so I used the original screws. Slightly warm to the touch, but I foresee no issues.

As for the elevated beds- I figure it adds some depth, and I like the different layered look achieved by the first picture. I basically want a carpet all along the front and in the pathway leading to the back, and then will have some taller/ bushier plants in the raised beds.

Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:01 PM   #6
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What an awesome looking tank! I have never seen a bow so little before. Awesome layout and a great start. Will be watching this.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the kind words. Yes, they were hard to find and are now next to impossible. I got mine from some random shop out west that had a dusty one sitting around a few years back. I think it contrasts the current ADA trend with thick, bold lines nicely (like both types though and have a rimless marine tank).
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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VERY VERY AWESOME! Me likes it very much! Looking forward to seeing more...

I've got more seiryu on hand - I may have to join you
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Thanks! I will definitely be posting updates as it progresses.Haha, please do (set another up)!
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Raised the water level a bit today, but it may be too much- suggestions on how high it should be for maximum growth/ rooting speed?
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:56 PM   #11
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If you're doing a dry start usually you don't want to fill it above the lowest level of the soil, this lets you keep the light on longer while avoiding algae from popping up in the pools of water. But you'll want to mist it all over to try to get water soaked in the slopes so the roots in the higher areas can get water. This is just from my experience, not certain on the best way to do it but this has worked for me.

Great tank by the way. Should look nice once it's all finished.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:24 PM   #12
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The FILLING:

Before:


Picked up some plants from the LFS:


And Petsmart:


Before planting:


Planted:


Filling with 50/50 RO/ Tap with airline tubing (still cloudy!):


Full!


Closer Look:








FTS:





I added
5 Crypt Parva
3 stems of frill
3 stems red ludwigia
3 corkscrew vallisneria
1 Anubias
1 Dwarf Lily

Noticed an ammonia spike so I did a 90% water change last night.

Going to add some celestial pearl danios/ galaxy rasboras today.
Hoping to add 3 different species of shrimp (6 each) and possibly some killifish (yes, no?)

Thanks for looking and advice is very welcome!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:43 PM   #13
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LFS had a single galaxy left, and it died shortly after getting it in the tank.

I did get 6 cherry shrimp + 2 freebie babies though

The new additions:






FTS:



Cool side shot:

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Old 08-16-2011, 03:52 PM   #14
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Great start, this will fantastic grown in
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:22 PM   #15
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I really like the tiered look you made. This will look great once it fills in. Can't wait to see your progress.
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