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Old 12-12-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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got it filled,

I really like the mini internal filter it came with it uses 3 chambers that you can fill your own way or use the included media. I left the included the foam in place, and added some used floss and a little charcoal i had in my other shrimp tank to seed this tank. Got a Fluval Compact heater in there that is nice and low profile.
So far i got Fissidens, Taiwan, Java, Christmas, Spikey, 2 other unknown mosses tied to rocks for starting along with a bunch of anubias petite just floating around. waiting for my flame, and weeping moss along with my java ferns and a few mini marimo balls to arrive be for i do any real scaping.

crappy cam, hopefully i can steal my woman's camera shes getting for christmas to get good shots
The tank is in its temporary home as it cycles, once it cycles and i move the shrimp in, i can take down my other tank, and move this one.

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:12 AM   #2
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I Want one SO bad. I will keep in touch with you to see how you like it. Have anything to say about the substrate and the lighting?
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:37 AM   #3
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What's the wattage on the heater and how well does it hold the temp? I have seen people complaining that the 25W heater won't really go up past 73 on a 8 gallon.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:59 AM   #4
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I have the same heater on a 10 gal and it stays about 75* with the room temp ranging from 68-71.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:04 AM   #5
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Yes, an ebi thread, I'm definitely getting one of these soon and want to know how it works out for you. What shrimp are you using?
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:18 AM   #6
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I Want one SO bad. I will keep in touch with you to see how you like it. Have anything to say about the substrate and the lighting?
The substrate is a bit light, planting some types of plants may be tricky as they will float up fairly easily until they root, but i think it should grow fairly decent. I stuck a small clump of marsilea minuta, in it to see if it takes hold and test the growing potential of the stuff, as my main layout will be moss and ferns. I've noticed the little balls can crush fairly easy if you give it a squeeze, it will be to been seen if it holds its shape on it's own.

The light is a 13W PC which is fairly decent light for a low/med lit tank this size. The quality is good and sturdy with a pretty good reflector. The design would allow you to easily add a second light to the tank to get higher light for those who would want a HC carpet or the more red plants, as i think the single light may be a bit lacking for higher light plants.

the block you plug into the wall/strip is the ballast for the light, so it gets little warm (not anything that i would worry about) and hums just a tiny bit, like most ballasts do.

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What's the wattage on the heater and how well does it hold the temp? I have seen people complaining that the 25W heater won't really go up past 73 on a 8 gallon.
I had some concerns my self at the start when it didn't seem to be heating up then i read the directions and left it in the tank unplugged for about 10 mins so it could calibrate it's self then plugged it in. Woke up this, and its holding my temp at 78ish all day (according to the included thermometer, may grab one from one of my other tanks to compare) with the light on and cover on this 7.9g tank. Once the light goes off ill give it a few hrs and check to see if it makes any difference, I dont think it will change much as by just feeling the glass cover under the light there is minimal heat felt.


Update!! put in another thermometer its showing 74-75, then used my infared thermometer and its showing 75.6 so what does that tell me? I have no real idea what the temp exactly it is but its some where in the mid 70s not @ the 78deg that the heater states it should be. May be due to the location of were i put it, im going to try moving it to a higher flow area in the tank to see if i get better results (like the directions say) granted the heater says its rated for 6.6 g tank, i would think it would simply run more often to keep up but it cycles on and off as if it thinks its hitting the right temp.

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Yes, an ebi thread, I'm definitely getting one of these soon and want to know how it works out for you. What shrimp are you using?
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For starters just some RCS i have, breeding like crazy in a 2.5g tank. Waiting on a deal on some C-A CRS/CBS (im cheap) and then i plan to try my hand with raising them. For the cost and all in one'ness of these ebi tanks i may pick up another one (maybe more) so i can try a couple different types of shrimp, or use to separate/raise better grade Crystals later on.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:12 AM   #7
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That's cool, can you adjust the heater at all? Because to keep it at 78 wouldn't work for the CRS, most heaters are adjustable anyway...
I'd love to put some high grade CRS in there and watch them go, the soil's supposed to be great for shrimp.
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yea it looks completely unadjustable, looking at the book, but it running at 74-75 could be a good thing
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Haha yeah, except that's still a little high, CRS show better colors and females keep eggs better at around 71-73.
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It would have been nice for them to make it so that the filter could have been behind the fake rock background. Would have made it look clean
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cool tank, i think i need one.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:05 PM   #13
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Is power to the lights separate so you can put it on a timer, or all in one like the Chi?
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Everything has its own power cord.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:30 PM   #15
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It would have been nice for them to make it so that the filter could have been behind the fake rock background. Would have made it look clean
that would have been cool but the background is less than a inch thick so if they did that it would take a lot of tank space moving the background forward.

Although if one wanted they could probably remove the background cut a few holes in the foam and put the filter back there sacrificing the space. Or build there own filter uising a powerhead some tubing and some bulk sponge making the entire rear into a giant filter.The background looks like its only held on with a couple spots of silicone glue, but ill let some one else try that project

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Is power to the lights separate so you can put it on a timer, or all in one like the Chi?
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