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Old 05-12-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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30 liters of , well , something


Back around last Christmas , I found myself the owner of a Do!Aqua 30cm. Cube Garden , you know , the 1 foot cube . Like I need another tank ... My original plan was to set it up over the summer as a tank in my home office.
Circumstances pushed , at least the beginning of this build , up a few months .
Here's my plan so far ...

Tank - 30cm. Cube Garden - 7.5 gallons more or less
Light - 12" Finnex Planted Plus on a timer .
Filter - Eheim 2211 , probably custom piping
Background - black sign vinyl
Plants ( tentative)-
Anubias nana 'Petite'
Anubias , species unknown , probably the famous Anubias 'petcoii' ...got several in local club auctions .
Java Fern (maybe)
Bolbiitis (maybe)
Riccia
Water Lettuce ( Ceratopteris )
Substrate - probably just some decorative sand .
Hardscape - (see below)
Fish - Ps. annulatus

No CO2 , dosing pumps , arduino's , heater , heater controller , UV ,
maybe light ferts ( flourish ) as most of the plants will be water column feeders.
Gonna need to make a cover , got some glass and ideas , we'll see what happens here .

I found a great piece of driftwood a few days back when I was wandering around by a local reservoir . The wood's been around a while , maybe from when the reservoir was built in the 1980's . At the time , there was a section of forest that was ' drowned '. The trees are still there , sticking out of the water . Found this piece on the shoreline , it's pretty weathered and dried out. Gonna stabilize it with some penetrating epoxy I've got around , otherwise it won't last long .

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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So it's decision time for the wood .... its' been sanded down to give a flat bottom , scrubbed , and baked at 300F for about an hour and a half to get any moisture out and cook any critters residing within .When I epoxy it , I'll screw it down to a piece of old tile with some stainless steel screws so it won't float . I've got an idea as to how I'll position it within the tank , but maybe could use a bit of input from those of you out in the ozone . Here's my choices :









In images 1 & 3 there's a piece sticking out horizontally , cut it or leave it ?

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:41 PM   #3
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I'd go with 1 tbh
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:52 PM   #4
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I like position #1.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:21 PM   #5
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I'd position it smack in the middle of #1 and #2 so that it points from the rear left corner to the front right.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:08 AM   #6
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Hey , thanks everyone . # 1 was my choice , too , though RWaters suggestion has lots of merit . Think I'll play around with angling position 1 to see if I can get some of that part that sticks out to show just a bit while showing all the rough texture of position 2 .

Managed to get the tile base cut and drilled .... basically a 9" octagon with 3 holes to accommodate 1" #6 stainless screws .



Also got the wood epoxied .



Wood sure was porous , the resin just sucked into some parts . Toying with the idea of a second coat , but have to wait until its fully cured tomorrow morning . Either way I'll leave it in the garage for a few days in case it outgases some , then place the piece in a spare tank with some tap water to see if there's any film released .
Probably mid next week , if everything goes OK , I'll fill the tank the wood's in with some used water and drop in a few Endlers and some bunch plants ,
anacharis or some such . I'll be gone for a few days and if they're all well when I get home then I guess the wood/epoxy is non toxic and I'm good to go.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:42 PM   #7
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So , was experimenting with the positioning of the stump in the tank , using the light that will be on the tank and realized that it just wasn't going to work out the way I'd wanted . Too many shadow areas , a big void in the back of the stump which I could do nothing about ..... so I put the stump aside for a later project and moved on to Plan B .....



The wood's a piece of either cherry or birch root that I found along the Hudson a while back . Its' also been stabilized with epoxy and weighted with a piece of tile . It'll get planted with Anubias spp. and probably some moss . The rock in the back is a piece of local sandstone that will be loaded with Java fern of various sizes and maybe some Bolbitis . Probably leave the white sand alone save for lowering/evening the front and gradually sloping it upward toward the rear .
Hope to have the inlet outlet plumbing figured out next week and the filter cycling in one of my long established tanks . Also have to cut some glass for the top from some old window sash I've got .
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:52 PM   #8
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So... here's where things stand as of now . Background is black sign vinyl .
plants :

on the root :
Anubias nana 'petite'
unidentified anubias spp.

on the stone :
Java fern
Bolbitis

Water's still a bit cloudy from the initial fill ( 50% used water , 50% old water )
No filter yet , the 2211's still getting charged up in one of my other long established tanks . Once the filter is in , some floaters are getting added , riccia , frogbit , and maybe azolla or salvinia . Might reposition some of the anubias , especially the topmost one and the far front one .




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Old 05-29-2014, 11:22 PM   #9
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Maybe some tied moss around the stump would be cool, weeping or similar.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:27 AM   #10
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Sounds good . I've got some subwassertang in another tank , only thing is I don't care for how it breaks up and gets all over the place . Also have some stuff I picked up at AFA last September that was allegedly rose moss . Been trying to get it going but with very limited success . Maybe tomorrow I'll shoot over to one of the semi local shops that occasionally has moss and see if I'm lucky . If not maybe I'll try NYC on Tuesday . That part that sticks out to the left is crying for something stuck on it . Maybe move one of the 'petites there and stick moss on the top edge of the root and maybe some below the overhang . Just gotta see what I can scrounge up .
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:36 PM   #11
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So... Waiting on some flame moss I ordered online . In the meantime , I made up a set of inlet and outflow tubes from some clear acrylic , plus some tube holders . This thing's taking a whole lot longer than it should , I'm slowed down owing to a splinted left hand . Anyway , tube holder design done in Inventor...



And the real thing , made out of 2 pieces of 1/2" acrylic scrap...




And the tubes , in their holders ...... no suction cups to come loose here !



The intake tube will be final trimmed and fitted with an Eheim intake tip .... Won't be seen from the front .
Also thinking about replacing the white sand with very fine natural gravel , mostly for ease of maintenance .
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:33 PM   #12
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So... finally (hopefully) together in it's permanent incarnation. Replaced a few Anubias , rhizomes got soft . Also dumped the white sand . When I took the wood out to replant the Anubias and add moss, had big time H2S smell from the sand . This despite rinsing heavily to clean out whatever crap might have been on it when packaged . Went back to plain 'ol gravel . No surprises here.
Anyway , added some flame moss and subwassertang to the wood ,frogbit, salvinia , and riccia for floaters ;and a few pieces of Hygro. pinnafitida to help fill in the background some. Glass on top to cut down evaporation and jumpers.
Just need to fit a small piece of acrylic between the pipes to fill in the void back there . Don't know if I'll hinge it to the glass to make a tilt up feeding panel or just have it lift off . Maybe introduce fish and possibly a few RCS early next week . Got a touch of nitrite I want to get rid of first as well as check for unwanted snails.

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:19 PM   #13
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Keep a very close eye on your anubias, if you lost some to rhizome rot (rhizome gets soft, discolored, has a smell, and/or leaves show deficiencies then rot off at the base) it is possible to spread to other anubias, I lost most of a large collection of anubias that filled a 20g long recently to this disease..not fun.
Lovely tank btw, and love the pipe holders!
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:08 AM   #14
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Keep a very close eye on your anubias, if you lost some to rhizome rot (rhizome gets soft, discolored, has a smell, and/or leaves show deficiencies then rot off at the base) it is possible to spread to other anubias, I lost most of a large collection of anubias that filled a 20g long recently to this disease..not fun.
Lovely tank btw, and love the pipe holders!
Thanks for the heads up on the anubias .... I'll keep an eye out . There's but one remaining of the originals in the tank , all the rest were removed elsewhere or died . That one looks OK so far . Sure would suck to have the new ones go down . I've lost piles of crypts due to melt , but they (usually) always came back . This is permanent . Glad you liked the tank .It's considerably different than first envisioned . The tube holders evolved from a distaste of suction cups , they always come loose on me and the tubes end up flopping around, so figured I'd try to design an alternative . so far they're working out well.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:18 AM   #15
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You should consider making and selling more of those holders to others. I've fortunately not had any disasters from pipes coming loose yet (hopefully won't).
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