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Old 06-24-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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0lives Office Aquarium - 7gal cube


About a month ago I got the idea to have a tank in my office. I started looking around and wasn't happy with any of the small cube kits. The prices were too high and they always had something that I didn't like.. The lighting was bogus, the filter was crap.. something.

After a week or so getting no where with off the shelf ideas I thought that for a tank this small it should be fairly easy and inexpensive for build it my self. I hadn't built from scratch before, but I had resealed plenty of tanks.

I contacted a local glass shop and was able to purchase all the pieces for about $25 (this included a piece for a glass top) I had the sealant already, so I didn't need to buy any.

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Once the edges were sealed and cured for a few days it was time to test. It sat on the back deck full of water for 3 days. I made a point of putting it in the path of the dogs and humans on the deck so that any vibrations from walking might bust any weak seams.

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Once I was confident I wasn't going to bust a seam I set about scaping. I used Black Diamond Blasting Media for substrate. Last time I boulght a bag I got 20/40, this time I grabbed 30/60. It's a much finer substrate and reminds me a lot of beach sand. I'm not sure how I like it, but I think it looks good so far.

I sloped my substrate and added a piece of driftwood I picked up from Unique Aquarias moving sale. I planted the tank with plants I received in this RAOK by kingjombeejoe: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=361193

Current Plant List:
Hygrophila lacustris
Alternanthera reineckii
Eichhornia diversifolia
Ludwigia repens
Rotala rotundifolia
Hydrocotyle leucocephala

and some willow moss. One bunch that stayed tied to the wood during the move and another that started floating.

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Added the light.

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This morning I drained the water, loaded the tank in the hatch of my tiny car, and carted the whole thing into work. I set it up on a heavy duty filing cabinet and found to my surprise that it was level.

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I tested the water from the tap kH 3, gH 4-5 but we also have RO available in the office.. I'm thinking this might become a nice little shrimp haven. I forgot to test pH, but I'll do it when I refill my coffee.

I plan on bringing the glass top piece back to the glass shop to have them cut it down so it fits with the filter. And I'll bring in a bottle for DIY co2 in the next few days to get that up and running.

It's been set up for a little over 2 hrs and one of my co-workers has already asked if we could build another for her work area.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:29 AM   #2
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Looks good. Those plants should fill in nice for you and the co2 will def help out a lot.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Nice job! I love having an aquarium at work. I think your tank would make a great shrimp home, and your water parameters are pretty good for that too.

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Old 06-26-2013, 03:05 AM   #4
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I want ur job

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Old 06-26-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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The job can be pretty high stress, having this thing around means I can take a break and watch shrimp or plant/trim.

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Thanks for the compliments all! I'm really excited to see this tank fill in. These are all new plants for me, so planning a scape with future growth in mind was damn near impossible for me.

I'm actually up in the air on co2. Not sure if I want to setup diy at the office, splurge on a paintball setup, or dose. I think dosing would be easiest..

This thing was pretty easy to put together, and at <$50 for tank, filter, light I could see my self doing another one of these. Heck I might even copy the pros next time and etch 0live into the lower right hand corner of the glass.

It might not beat 5gal PetCo tanks price wise, but I'll take it over one any day.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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Very nice!!!

May I ask which shop cut/sold you the glass?
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Yeah im curious as to where as well. Looks great!
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Cf glass cut it for me. I went with them because they were along my commute home and they had an NCC-1701 hovering over their shop on their website.

I should have shopped around, but I didn't.
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Noted for future builds.
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The bubbles have receded and it's looking quite nice now. I need to find Ammonia to do a fishless cycle. For the record, Stop and Shop brand has a surfactant.

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It looks awesome
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The bubbles have receded and it's looking quite nice now. I need to find Ammonia to do a fishless cycle. For the record, Stop and Shop brand has a surfactant.

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I got 10% ammonia from Ace Hardware. 3 drops put my 3 gallon (really about 2.5 gallon) at roughly 2-3ppm ammonia for reference. So roughly 1 drop per gallon of water gives a 1ppm ammonia increase. The exact same ratio worked on my 12 gallon at home.
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I got 10% ammonia from Ace Hardware. 3 drops put my 3 gallon (really about 2.5 gallon) at roughly 2-3ppm ammonia for reference. So roughly 1 drop per gallon of water gives a 1ppm ammonia increase. The exact same ratio worked on my 12 gallon at home.
Yeah, I've read that the ACE brand is the recommended brand.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:15 PM   #14
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I brought in the seeded filter this morning and took the filter intake cover sponge from my 20 gal (which was in desperate need of a rinsing) and rinsed it in a tupperware container of tank water which I've added to the 7 gal as well. Things are a little cloudy right now, but I imagine it'll clear up in the next 2 hrs.

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Its looking good. The color of your plants looks awesome. Great healthy color
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