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Old 03-07-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Spring Break: Some party, some of us rehab old biocubes.


So I got a 12 gallon biocube dropped on me (Not literally, I doubt I'd be typing if that happened - thick as my skull is and hard to hit anything in there anyway...) that was left full of water, gravel and plants for 3 years.

Is there any chance of rehabbing this into a betta or shrimp tank? Suggestions on replacement light bulbs would rule.

I'm thinking:

Step 1: Remove existing water, gravel and clown puke plants.
Step 2: Vinegar and/or bleach soak.
Step 2.5: Purchase replacement bioballs and filter media. Make sure powerheads aren't going to blow too hard. Replace lightbulbs.
Step 3: SCRAPE LIKE WHOA.
Step 4: Use some of the ecocomplete no one wanted and cap it with a CRS/CBS friendly substrate (Suggestions welcome!).
Step 5: After cleaning, substrate awesomeness and filter, etc., commence scaping. Would a protein skimmer be wise for a shrimp, betta or apisto? So far my ideas are: Betta+Couple of small cories, Shrimp+Otos or an Apisto (MOHAWK FISH! I'd name him Dio or something. He would be awesome.)
Step 6: PLANTIZZLES. I'm thinking mosses and low tech.

This would probably take a week or two, but is it even worth attempting?
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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if your going to do this, bleach wont help with hard water stains, soak a paper towel in vinegar and stick the saturated paper towel to the glass and let it sit for a while.
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Ooo, good idea, thanks.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:13 PM   #4
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Of course this is worth doing. It will be beautiful!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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Hopefully! 3+ years with water sitting in it is a bit icky...

Actually, what stratum should I cap the ecocomplete with? I'm thinking Fluval Shrimp Stratum and using both to save $$ or just the FSS I guess since it is a cube shape...
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:38 AM   #6
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Hopefully! 3+ years with water sitting in it is a bit icky...

Actually, what stratum should I cap the ecocomplete with? I'm thinking Fluval Shrimp Stratum and using both to save $$ or just the FSS I guess since it is a cube shape...
i am going to try BLACK DIAMOND from Tractor Supply..
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:34 AM   #7
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Let me know how it works! I'm currently thinking FSS atop a layer of ecocomplete for plant action. Also since FSS is a bit more expensive. ><
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:37 AM   #8
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FSS doesn't buffer that low or long really. If you want crystals and a low pH, go ADA or something.
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Ah. Darn. X_x I was hoping for substrate I could get locally. I do want CRS/CBS in this one.
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Protein skimmers don't work on freshwater.
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Any pictures of the cube?
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:43 AM   #12
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Not at the moment. It's covered in vinegar soaked paper towels. >>
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