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Old 10-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #271
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You won't regret it.

They're now my favorite affordable tanks.

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Ordered a 30 cm cube on Saturday, soooo looking forward to it!
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:12 PM   #272
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Can you give a mini tutorial on how to attach moss to your hard scape? I see most people use superglue and I think you mentioned that in here. Is there anything to keep an eye out for when buying super glue? What pattern/density would work well?
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One thing you'll want to do is use the search function. You'll find a few threads that include dozens upon dozens of photos from my tanks.

You'll use Superglue Gel. Basically any brand will work as long as it's gel and cyanoacrylate. Superglue Gel is just my favorite because it's cheap and always at Home Depot near the spray paint/adhesive section on 2-packs.

Dab it on or dribble a little line of it. Then jab some moss on there in whatever amount or pattern looks good to you. Press it down for a few seconds and you're done. Don't try too hard and whatever you do, don't over think it - it'll grow out quickly and cover things up.

It'll get on your fingers but will wash off and rub off throughout the day.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #274
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Hey Jake, sent you a PM
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:08 AM   #275
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One thing you'll want to do is use the search function. You'll find a few threads that include dozens upon dozens of photos from my tanks.

You'll use Superglue Gel. Basically any brand will work as long as it's gel and cyanoacrylate. Superglue Gel is just my favorite because it's cheap and always at Home Depot near the spray paint/adhesive section on 2-packs.

Dab it on or dribble a little line of it. Then jab some moss on there in whatever amount or pattern looks good to you. Press it down for a few seconds and you're done. Don't try too hard and whatever you do, don't over think it - it'll grow out quickly and cover things up.

It'll get on your fingers but will wash off and rub off throughout the day.
Haha thanks!
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:59 PM   #276
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@Carlin

Just a note, the spot of the plant/moss that receives the glue will ultimately die but the remainder will attach itself by or before then, usually.

Gluing: it's fun to do and easier than string tying things down... need 3 or 4 hands for that
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:10 PM   #277
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In my experience, the tiny bit that dies isn't noticeable after a week or so.

But your'e right about glue being the easier route. Just slop it on, mash some moss on and go. My most favorite tanks - and the ones I get the most kudos for - are tanks that I just randomly slapped moss into.
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In my experience, the tiny bit that dies isn't noticeable after a week or so.

But your'e right about glue being the easier route. Just slop it on, mash some moss on and go. My most favorite tanks - and the ones I get the most kudos for - are tanks that I just randomly slapped moss into.
Agreed and same here... I'll post some pics of things I've glued later tonight... excluding the ones I had to go to the ER to remove
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Just a note, the spot of the plant/moss that receives the glue will ultimately die but the remainder will attach itself by or before then, usually.

Gluing: it's fun to do and easier than string tying things down... need 3 or 4 hands for that
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In my experience, the tiny bit that dies isn't noticeable after a week or so.

But your'e right about glue being the easier route. Just slop it on, mash some moss on and go. My most favorite tanks - and the ones I get the most kudos for - are tanks that I just randomly slapped moss into.
I agree as well. I have never been able to tie anything on easily xD. I saw someone use a bath poof? It seemed like a plastic mesh. They unraveled it and secured it with zip tie. I might try that next time with a different plant.
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I agree as well. I have never been able to tie anything on easily xD. I saw someone use a bath poof? It seemed like a plastic mesh. They unraveled it and secured it with zip tie. I might try that next time with a different plant.
Plastic mesh netting can also work if you want to completely cover something with moss so that the netting is not visible.

If you find a good source for such netting, please let us know!
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:48 PM   #281
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Time to set up two more AquaTop cubes.

30cm:



As you can see, I have the perfect piece of driftwood and will be using the AquaTop LED I've had for a while. Also adding an Eheim 2211.

Will plant with lots of Crypts, maybe Anubias. Also have a ton of Marsilea minuta and Dwarf Hair Grass (not planning on using DHG, though).

A third 20cm:



Will be using a Mr. Aqua 6" LED for this one. It's extremely bright. Leftover RedSea Nano will be used for filtration. Not sure on hardscape at all just yet.

Hope to get around to adding black backgrounds tonight or tomorrow.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #282
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Jake, have you found that Aquatop has improved it's quality? I know you compared them to ADA and at that point, I was quick to say not quite there. I saw some more recently and was very impressed. Their was some excess silicone here and there but not on the seams, on the top glass which would be super easy to remove and they were tiny spots that only the perfectionist would be bothered by. Just wondering because I have seen some newer Aquatop tanks that I would now agree rival ADA in quality.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:55 PM   #283
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These cubes are definitely on par with ADA - if not nicer in some ways.

The latest two high-clarity cubes I've unboxed also appear to be nicer than the three other cubes currently running.

The bow-front doesn't compare to them but even it is a terrific tank.
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These cubes are definitely on par with ADA - if not nicer in some ways.

The latest two high-clarity cubes I've unboxed also appear to be nicer than the three other cubes currently running.

The bow-front doesn't compare to them but even it is a terrific tank.
That's good to hear. My ADA tank and others I have seen over the years are older. Looking at some pics I took at AFA to help a member with their 90P issues, I see a lot of AFA's show tanks are older logo tanks so my perception of ADA may be off, if their quality control has been slipping.

But yeah, I was extremely impressed with the newer Aquatop tank I have seen. I never felt they were bad tanks, I thought they were a great deal for the money on their older tanks. The new ones, I was pretty shocked how nice they were.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:57 PM   #285
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Love that piece of driftwood!! Cant wait to see what you do with it
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