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Old 03-24-2010, 09:24 PM   #16
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I love what you've done with that tank The rocks look really nice, and the neons will really appreciate the length of the tank. What filtration are you using?
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:59 PM   #17
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This is a very cool tank! Were did you get it?
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Old 03-24-2010, 11:09 PM   #18
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The tank looks good. I wish i had room for that tank's footprint. What are you thinking of doing lighting wise?
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:40 AM   #19
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subscribed i will be ordering 2 of these tanks ... really nice.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:49 AM   #20
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Did you order the sand online? It looks damn nice
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:21 AM   #21
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This is a very cool tank! Were did you get it?
The tank is from here.
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_viewit...content=AZ1123

The shipping WAS actually 6 bucks...I couldnt believe it. 66$ for the tank total shipped from California to Rhode Island.

The filter is an Aquaclear 50. So more than 4 times the filter needed for 12 gallons. I wish I had the money for a canister filter, but I have a very low budget...and im cheap.

I picked up the sandblasting media from this place called 'Tractor Supply Company' down by my school. I did a little research on it and it seemed like its good, unless you have cories. Mr. Hoppy said he had used it with good results, aside from with cories, so that made me feel better about taking the plunge with it....since I dont have cories.

As for the lighting, Im trying to find a way to attach some hanging cable / wire from the celing down to a horizontal bar across the top of the tank that I can clip 3 of my 15w CFL aluminum shop lights too, instead of my blinds I dont really mind too much about light spilling over my dresser, so ill just keep raising / lowering it until i find the proper lighting for this thing (hopefully)
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Old 03-25-2010, 02:34 AM   #22
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I've been thinking about buying one of these since Jenna posted pictures of hers. I simply do not have the space for it, though.

Still, thanks a lot for the pictures. You have a very nice looking setup.
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:08 AM   #23
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The tank is from here.
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_viewit...content=AZ1123

The shipping WAS actually 6 bucks...I couldnt believe it. 66$ for the tank total shipped from California to Rhode Island.
That's a great deal! If only I had space for another tank *sigh*
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:28 AM   #24
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Your tank looks great! I also wish i could buy one, $66 is a great price for such a nice tank. My GF would kill me though... After looking at its description and the available sizes, those tanks look exactly like the GLA tanks, only cheaper. Nice!
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I can't believe a tank like this was only $66! I've always wanted one with similar dimensions but thought it would be way out of my budget. I think I want to order one right now to make into a salamander vivarium. They should pay you for advertising!
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:46 PM   #26
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So tonight I finished up my 40$ lighting system. I wanted something I could clip some aluminum shop lights to that was adjustable up and down so i can find what works best for this tank...

Ive got 3 of these lamps with three 15w daylight bulbs, and ive also got three 26w daylight bulbs. To start, im going with two of the lamps with 15w bulbs at about 8 inches off the top of the tank (so about 17" from the surface of the substrate.)



The hangers are electrical conduit piping with 90 degree elbows at the top...I put caps on the end of the cut pipe to prevent any abrasion with the 'picture hanging wire' going over them at 90 degree angles.. I ran the line through the horizontal adjustable pipe, down both vertical pieces and ran them through the opening of a weight underneath my dresser as the ballast.




Attached a washer and 3 cable ferrules one after another just as backup. The lights go up as I pull the weight away from the wall and go lower as I push it farther back. So far everything seems pretty sturdy! We'll see how the plants grow this week with these bulbs at this height.

The three aluminum light fixtures, three 15w bulbs and three 26w bulbs cost me about 20 dollars...
The electrical conduit pipes, elbows, connector brackets, endcaps and wire cost me almost another 20.

Im trying to find a way to securely attach the power cable for the lights to the horizontal bar so I can completely remove the clamp bracket for a cleaner look. Any ideas?

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Old 03-30-2010, 02:00 AM   #27
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That looks fantastic! I didn't realize how red your wall is.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:23 AM   #28
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That is such a cool tank. I just got a lot of ideas for a tank with those dimensions.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:50 AM   #29
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Yea the red kind of takes away from the minimalistic look of it...I dont want to paint a background on the tank, and I dont want to paint one whole wall white, so Im gonna roll with the red!

Speaking of red, I received my first red cherry shrimp ever this afternoon from epicfish. Holey moley fast shipping. Looks like they'll be fun.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:54 AM   #30
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Ive wanted this tank... for some time now, its so amazing. Mr. Aqua makes some great tanks for such an amazing price. Im trying to decided between the 11.5 gallon or this one right now for my next tank.... i would love to make some kind of fixture to hang from above my kitchen bar and put this tank on the bar almost as a room divider, i think that would look great, well see...
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