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Old 10-10-2010, 01:30 AM   #1
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5.4g long CRS/CBS/RCS Update 01/02/2011


Has anyone ever worked with this style of tank?

I have one that I have been lugging around with me for years.....prolly close to 15 years and really want to set it up.....

I would like to see other tanks that are set up as planted tanks and see how people scaled them to make them look bigger than they are. I also want to know how kind of light they have over the tank. This tank measures
30"X6.5"X8" tall

Also what kind of filtration...I have never had any "mini" equipment, but I think that this could be a really SWEET tank....and I want to put ony CRS/CBS shrimp in it-high grade.

So if anyone knows of any posts or threads with this style tank let me know.....I want to research, but fully anticipate setting this tank up. Now that I have my own place and dont have to worry about moving anytime soon, I think that it would be awesome to have this tank really showcased!

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Tank
5.4g 30X8X6.5

Filter
Fluval U 1 submersed filter

Lighting
24in coral life fixture
1 6700K bulb
1 10000K bulb

Substrate
Eco complete

Hardscape
Zebra stones(approx 4 lbs)

CO2
20oz Paint ball CO2 set up diffused with cho[stick via filter output

Flora
Subwassertang
WisteriaRotala Colorata
Fissidens
Crypt wendtii
Crypt lucens
Mini Pellia
Flame Moss
Riccia
Dwarf Sag
2-leaved Pearlweed
Fauna
Crystal Red Shrimp
Crystal Black Shrimp
Red Cherry Shrimp

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Old 10-10-2010, 01:49 AM   #2
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just search "book shelf" on here. There's more than a few threads talking about this size tank....

Here...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...-starting.html
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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Ok so what I am finding is that these tank are 24 inchs long...and mine is 30. Other dimensions are different as well. I only found one person that was really doing a planted tank and had the pictures to go with it.

I also read that the standard WPG rule didnt apply with these tanks....and that they really needed more light to grow plants.....which I dont understand...as I would think since the tanks are fairly shallow and you would be required to have less WPG and not more. Why is that?

This tank also didnt come with anything as far as filter or light......

I really want to get a custom intake and spray bar (something I have never had on any tank) and wondered how big of a canister I need. If I have the spray bar the length of the tank would I need the same as if I had the spray bar on the short end of the tank and had it directed "down" the tank?
Is there anyone that has a 30 inch T5 light? How wide is it? I was looking on marinedepot and I found several lights that were the correct length, but they didnt say how wide they were....and this tank is only 6.5 inches wide...so I think that is a limiting factor. I really like the GLO series of T5, but they dont offer a 30 inch light. I also would like to prevent light "spillover" out of the tank...as in I want the light to be in the tank, not lighting up the room and making it so it isnt pleasant to look at in the dark(my favorite time to gaze into my tanks). I will post pictures of the tank tomorrow.

ALso another difference between my tank and others is that mine is GLASS.... and not acrylic.....you thoughts are appreciated....
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:49 PM   #4
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Are you planning on running CO2 on this tank, or keeping it low light?

If you're planning on running CO2, then I'd recommend the Coralife T5NO: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight30
Coralife is the only brand I know that actually uses 30" bulbs in their 30" fixtures. These fixtures are also only 4" wide so I doubt you'd have any issues fitting it over your tank.

If you don't want to run CO2, then your best bet probably is to stick with a standard T8 fixture (where a 30" fixture will most likely use a 24" T8 bulb) or getting one of the single T5 strip fixtures (used for under kitchen cabinet lighting) from the big hardware stores.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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I wouldnt mind running CO2......but that leads to another issue. I have also read that CRS and CBS shrimp dont breed well in tanks with CO2.....is that information correct? That really is going to dictate on whether I have CO2 or not, as this will be a tank specifically for shrimp, and I want optimal conditions for them. That is also how I will decide what plants to put in here and also what type of bulb. So is it true that CO2 in a CRS/CBS tank causes problems with shrimp or shrimplets?
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Well, just injecting CO2 shouldn't cause issues, but you definitely do run the risk of accidentally ODing on CO2, which WOULD cause issues... so it's a caculated risk. If you haven't run CO2 on a tank before and so don't have any prior experience regulating it, I probably would go ahead and skip CO2 for this tank since your primary goal is keeping/breeding your shrimp.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:23 PM   #7
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check out some mr. aqua 12. they are 36 inch long, so you can get a idea. i have a 24 inch betta 6 tanks which i should start to post soon.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:18 AM   #8
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Well here it is!

I pulled the top rim off and worked on getting the silicon off....and I will have to work some more tomorrow.....grrr!!

I went shopping and found some zebra stones.....I have never worked with stones before in a scape....so this could be interesting.. ;-)

This is just the initial placements....if you can visualize something better please tell me!



and here it is from the top....



I really want to tweek this so it appears larger than it really is....30*6.5*8...

substrate is eco complete-and looks to be a fairly fine grain...I have used some that looked more like black gravel...this appears to have alot of particles that are the size of a grain of sand....

Let me know what you think!!
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:24 AM   #9
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I really want to do one of those kinds of tanks. I think it would look cool with just a number of different crypts all lined up as specimens.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:11 AM   #10
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i might place the stones on the sides, leaving the middle more open.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:16 AM   #11
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Well I decided that I wanted the tank out in the living room..so I will be able to sit on my sofa and look at it.....I installed the filter, and the light...still deciding if I am going to run CO2 in this tank, or just dose with excel. Again the shrimp are the top priority....

Took some more pictures...still unsure if this is going to be the final placement for the stones....or if I am going to change it again.

I do need to add a black background and fill her up. I recieved a plant package from Wasserpest and I think that I can use almost everything in this tank. Will scape on my days off this next week...until then I will contemplate how I want the rocks to look.....feedback is always welcome!!

Here are tonites pictures...dont mind the dust... ;-)





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Old 10-17-2010, 05:54 AM   #12
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Thats an awesome shape tank i think ill start one up lol. Great scape by the way too.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:50 PM   #13
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I planted the tank and filled her up!



I spent most of the afternoon driving around trying to find the necessary parts to put a paintball CO2 system on the tank. I found the tank, but will have to order the other parts off line..BOO!!

I cant wait for it to cycle so I can add my shrimp!!
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:46 AM   #14
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I wanted to post a photo update of my shrimo only tank. I did a water change and also replanted those that worked themselves loose over the last week. I am seeing some algae on the tops of the rocks.....hopefully that is all it is going to do. I am still adjusting to a hardscape....I have NEVER used rock before....and I am not sure that I like it yet.....hopefully it will grow on me....we shall see.... Here it is!!











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Old 10-30-2010, 02:48 AM   #15
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I mailed your food out today. But....I threw away the receipt with the tracking number. DOH!
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