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Old 08-09-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Jake's 18" Rimless AquaTop Bow-Front Tank


As I teased in my Triple Cubes journal, I've got a new tank from AquaTop. This will serve as my tank journal but first allow me to share my initial impressions.

Holy wow, this tank. 18" of black silicone awesomeness.

I'm an ADA fanboy but I've loved these high-clarity cubes from AquaTop for a while, as you're already aware. While this fancy new tank isn't high-clarity glass, it's a bow-front and that's something I've never had. Only makes sense that it will be my next project.

The unboxing:





The silicone work:




More:




You can find it here with free shipping for $34.99 (!!! not kidding). The price, in my opinion, cannot be beat. heck out the other sizes. I really want to get the size just below this one to use as a zoa reef.

Still need to come up with a few more plans and then it'll all get started.
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Now back to the journal!

The tank is an 18" AquaTop Euro Style Bow-Front, obviously. Measures 18" x 10.75" x 10.75" and holds roughly 8.7 gallons.

The goods:
  • I'll either use the Nano Type-P LED I've got or will try to save up to buy an 18" Current Satellite Plus.
  • I know I'm going to do some sort of a dry start, so it could be 4-6 weeks before it's flooded. Maybe dwarf hair grass and red stems? Or maybe a field of Marsilea minuta. Feel free to yell suggestions my way. Whatever I end up doing, it'll need to be simple and suitable for shrimp.
  • Have some great driftwood, leftover black lava rock and easily 100 pounds of other rock to pick through.
  • Torn on filtration. Depending upon the budget I can come up with, I'll likely end up with an AC30. But really want to get another Eheim 2211/2213. Or maybe one of the neat hang-on filters from AquaTop that have a spraybar. Can even be expanded to double the filtration capacity.
  • For substrate, I have all the options. ADA Aquasoil Amazonia, Azoo Plant Grower Bed, UP Aqua Shrimp Sand, Black Diamond, Pool Filter Sand, Safe T Sorb, et al.
  • Depending upon what I can get my hands on, these are the shrimp I'm considering: Tangerine Tigers, Blue Bees, Princess Bees.

Now I just need to cross my fingers that I can sell everything I own to finish the tank - ha!

Thanks for reading along. I'll update with more photos as I add a black background and put together some potential hardscape plans.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Haha.

Can't wait to see this tank! I'll be starting a journal for my Aquatop 8 gallon in the next 2-3 weeks, once I finish buying everything. I'm interested in seeing your dry start method, as I've been thinking about doing that as well.

Random question, do you dose dry ferts?
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Depends upon the tank. Some tanks only get root tabs, some get both.

In higher tech tanks with high light and CO2, I always dose ferts.
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Wow I didn't know that they did the black silicone too
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Old 08-10-2013, 01:18 AM   #6
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Nice tank! What do you plan to do with it? Start a Iwagumi, Dutch Style, etc?
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Check out the second post.

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Nice tank! What do you plan to do with it? Start a Iwagumi, Dutch Style, etc?
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Dang, nice tank. Now I have something else to add to my wish list. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Check out the second post.
Ah, excuse my ignorance.
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I3raven: Long story short, there are too many options flying around in my head at the moment - HA!

Going to take me a while to figure out the right scape. I took a bunch of photos of various rocks and will try to upload them a bit later for ideas.

mosspearl: The beauty of the tank? It's so cheap you can buy it on impulse.
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Never got around to uploading these yesterday.

Here's some of what I've got to work with:






Those aren't actual layouts I'd stick with. Just showcasing rock. Have actually been saving them for another 45-F or 60-F layout - specifically the tall rock.

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Leftover lava rock:



UPDATE: Most of the lava rock chucks are fist-size or larger.

Also plan to dig through my driftwood stash to see what I can find/maybe order more.

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I like the greenish-grey rocks, they look curved and jagged. It's kind of a relief after seeing those commonly used Seiryu Stones.
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Seiryu and Ming are nice but $$$. They also alter water parameters and I'm not much of a fan.

The jagged rocks are commonly sold as "lace rock" in pet stores and are really just formerly live rock. The pieces I have are all well-cleaned and have been used previously by me in sensitive shrimp tanks, so I know they won't alter parameters. Maybe not the nicest-looking stones around but I enjoy the nooks and crannies for shrimping.

Hoping to find a nice driftwood stump or two to make use of the tank height.
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Seiryu and Ming are nice but $$$. They also alter water parameters and I'm not much of a fan.

The jagged rocks are commonly sold as "lace rock" in pet stores and are really just formerly live rock. The pieces I have are all well-cleaned and have been used previously by me in sensitive shrimp tanks, so I know they won't alter parameters. Maybe not the nicest-looking stones around but I enjoy the nooks and crannies for shrimping.

Hoping to find a nice driftwood stump or two to make use of the tank height.
I wish my LFS stocked nice rocks, I can only find Lava rocks or Malaysian driftwood. I have a piece of Hornwood that I can give away at the price of shipping. Here is a pic of what it looks like -
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Jake, yes, the tank could be an impulse... it's all the other equipment it needs that costs! LOL For now I'll live vicariously through you. My aquatic wishes are lower in priority at the moment to other family needs. Heck, I'm still waiting just to order some inexpensive shrimp for a couple 2.5 gallon tanks. :P

So, what lighting are you planning? That's the biggest expense in my eyes...
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