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Old 07-23-2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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Nate's 7.5g Planted Tank Cube


The purpose of this thread is to get input from other hobbyists and to avoid costly/timely mistakes.

TANK: Mr. Aqua 7.5g low iron cube 12"X12"X12" (back is painted black).

SUBSTRATE: Azoo Plant Grower Bed

FILTRATION: Aquaclear 30

CARBON DIOXIDE: DIY 2 liter bottle X 2 with Hagen Mini Elite pump mod

LIGHTING: CL26BK-D65: Finnex Aquarium Nano Refugium Cliplight 6500k 24W bulb (I have a 10W bulb 6500k that I can use as an alternate to the 24W)

HEATING: Rena Smart Heater 50W

STAND: Kitchen counter top

HARDSCAPE: Manzanita and petrified wood

DOSING: Pfertz N and M. and Seachem Root Tabs.

FLORA: Carpet of HC or Flame moss if HC doesn't grow.Parva for the mid-tank scape. Combamba and some kind of sword for the back of the tank.

FAUNA: Otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Cherry shrimp, Cardinal tetras.

Here's the stuff







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Any comments or critique is welcome. Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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Currently attempting a fishless cycle using 10% ammonia from Ace Hardware.
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Is it ok to let Combamba grow out of the the top of the tank?
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Looks good. I am concerned that it's a lot of plants in a small tank so cardinal tetras might not be the best choice (at least for their sake). When the plants start coming in, it's going to be really thick without much room to swim - it'll be a great shrimp tank but might need smaller fish.
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this is my second planted tank so I'm really new to all of this. My first was a disaster. I took some time off and have been lurking for the past 6 months reading and learning. I appreciate your input. Thanks. Looks like this will just be a shrimp tank.
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Do I need to use "bio" media in my filter or does the sponge provide enough surface area for beneficial bacteria?
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Nice setup. I would use bio media just because one day you'll be tempted to clean your clogged sponges and you'll just kill all the bacteria.
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