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Old 10-12-2014, 01:52 AM   #1
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First cube tank!

I wanted to set up a small aquarium for my office and wanted it to look simplistic, neat and elegant while requiring minimal maintenance.

This will be a low/med tech tank with only excel and nutrient dosing.

I went with the eheim aquastyle because of all the integrated parts and the nice shimmering effect from the filter. Any criticism is appreciated! It's always a learning experience with any tank!

Tank: Eheim aquastyle 4 gallon
Filter: Internal Filter by eheim
Lighting: Eheim LED 7 watt light
Substrate: ADA amazonia
Fauna: S grade crystal reds and either yellow or blue neo's

RO/DI with mosura reminerizer

Spiderwood driftwood

Dwarf baby tears - decided it would take too long
Staurogyne repens
Hydrocotyle sp. Japan
Christmas/Taiwan moss - not sure which it is
Alternanthera reineckii roseafolia - taking out soon to be replaced with
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
Rotala Colorata - still propagating in my high tech tank

closer look of the spider wood. It was boiled and soaked

trying out the dry start method!
I tried for about 2-3 weeks but i never noticed any growth on the dwarf baby tears. They looked very healthy but it just seems way too slow. I think it was because my office is too cold ~ 70'F. I also decided that even though it can grow in a low tech tank, it would take forever.

So i ended up taking it all out and replacing it with marsilea minuta
and filled up the tank so I can start cycling ADA... cuz you know.. it takes forever to leech out all the ammonia

Here the AR roseafolia has been added. I put that in there just to get a gauge on what the AR mini would look like in there. I want to have a red contrast in the tank. I'm planning to put a rotala colorata bush behind it.

There's some green spot algae going in there. I'm not really sure why.
I have a photoperiod of 8 hours. Could it be the light in the office? I wouldn't think it would add much light between 8am-7pm. Either way, i hope that means Im off to a good start on cycling.

Ammonia was at 4ppm and nitrate at 1ppm. Then I did a 90% water change. Hopefully this cycles out fast and I can get my crystal reds in!
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:48 AM   #2
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Nice little tank you've got going!
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