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Old 12-20-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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I just picked up a 15 x 15 x 15cm acrylic cube. I'm hoping to make a really nice little scape.

I have a LED lamp that I've used before. I also have a small piece of driftwood that I cut off a larger piece.

I have very hard water round here and I was thinking I could use rain water as it's so small?
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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Looks really nice. The piece of driftwood you've got looks really good and will be great once its more established.

Good luck...
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #3
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no I wouldnt use rainwater Id use spring drinking water from the store.
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
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Looks really nice. The piece of driftwood you've got looks really good and will be great once its more established.

Good luck...
Thanks. It's prettly lucky it just happens to fit!
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no I wouldnt use rainwater Id use spring drinking water from the store.
Why spring water? Would rain water be too acidic?
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:37 PM   #5
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any livestock planned?
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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It's quite small so maybe just a couple of shrimp. I would love some bumble bee shrimp. That's why I was thinking about using softer water.
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I was thinking Hydrocotyle tripartita but apparently it likes warmer water. I does get cold in out house sometimes when the heating is off in the winter, like below 18c. Could give it a go and see.

I thought maybe riccia fluitains tied to the wood and maybe something else in the back right hand corner but I'm not sure yet.

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in your area rain may be purer than ours I wouldnt ever use mine. distilled lacks too many ions, spring drinking water has some, it w work and always be known safe vs guess and the clear advantage of rainwater is its free and when pure, w grow plants better than sprg water due to natural inclusions but in my case of smog the cleanliness would always be suspect
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:03 PM   #9
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in your area rain may be purer than ours I wouldnt ever use mine. distilled lacks too many ions, spring drinking water has some, it w work and always be known safe vs guess and the clear advantage of rainwater is its free and when pure, w grow plants better than sprg water due to natural inclusions but in my case of smog the cleanliness would always be suspect
I do live in a city, not far from London so I suppose it wouldn't be that clean. A big bottle of spring water would be cheap enough.

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Old 12-20-2014, 05:53 PM   #10
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I love the way your driftwood sticks out a bit. It's going to look great!
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Ok, decided on weeping moss for the wood and eleocharis sp mini for the back and sides and hydrocotyle tripartita for the foregound bottom right (sort of mixed in a bit).

Not sure what to use for substrate. I was thinking dirt and fine gravel cap.
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Old 12-25-2014, 12:09 PM   #12
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Merry christmas!

I have the most awesome husband. Got this little thing for xmas

It's 10 liters. Can't wait to set it up
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Old 12-25-2014, 12:29 PM   #13
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it's OK to use rain water as long as you start to collect them only after it has rained heavily for some time( around 20-30 min), by this time most of the pollutants would be washed away and what you will collect, would be mostly pure water.

But it would be much easier to used bottled drinking water and since this is a small tank it would hardly cost anything.
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Merry christmas!

I have the most awesome husband. Got this little thing for Xmas
You do indeed! Congrats on the great gift! Let us see what you do with it.

Thanks for asking about rainwater too. I've often wondered about that, but where I live it doesn't rain often enough to be a reliable source.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:49 PM   #15
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it's OK to use rain water as long as you start to collect them only after it has rained heavily for some time( around 20-30 min), by this time most of the pollutants would be washed away and what you will collect, would be mostly pure water.

But it would be much easier to used bottled drinking water and since this is a small tank it would hardly cost anything.
Shouldn't be a problem because it rains a lot round here. I think I'll stick with the bottle water.
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