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Old 10-27-2013, 05:08 AM   #1
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Taiwan Bee 12" cube


Decided to redo this tank today since the movers totally destroyed the dsm i had going. Unlike my royal tank this one will be real real simple low maintenance. Used Liams ugf design hooked to a 2213, that i must say had the water crystal clear in about 5 minutes! Pretty incredible how good it works. Went to JoJo's Aquarium for the first time today, the first aquarium shop i've been to that carried ada, awesome to have a local place. Picked up some Ohko stone and already had the piece of manzanita.
Here's a pic for now, tired, so will add more info and make a journal on it tomorrow.

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Old 10-27-2013, 05:19 AM   #2
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Excited to see how you do with this tank!! WOOHOO!!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:34 AM   #3
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bummer to hear they destroyed your DSM.

but nice to see this tank going buddy!

what substrate are you using?
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Thanks Jaime, it really will not be much to look at though. Do not have a ton of free time as it is so just trying to stay super simple. Extremely excited to finally have a soft water tank though! Cannot wait to have some tb's and do a little mixong with my royals i have been wanting to try ;-)

Han, the moving company royally sucked! They destroyed a TON of our stuff. They never marked the box so the tank showed up upside down with soil everywhere and the ugf totally f'ed up. The soil is like 99% Africana with a small amount of Amazonia New to help the cycle and for the plants. You definitely gotta plan a vacation out here some time, its incredible.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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Wow that's even more of a bummer.
I see I should do this with mine. It currently completely empty with just a betta in it.

Ya i definitely have to.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:41 AM   #6
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Jojos is pretty solid, its my favorite shop for shrimp supplies.
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:27 PM   #7
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Added some downio, crypts, java fern trident and needle leaf, blyxa and a bunch of random mosses i had floating around. Pretty happy with how it turned out. I kept the crypts in the foreground as i did not want to plant them over the ugf.
Ugf seems to be working amazing. This is one of the clearest tanks i think i have ever seen. I am getting a ph reading of 6 as that is as low as the test will go, kinda scared how low it could be. Anyone recommend a low low ph test kit?
Sorry the pic is so dark, i do not have a light yet. I will be grabbing a cheap clip light from walmart after work tonight.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #8
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The Aquascene is great for that tank!
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UGF is normal or reverse? I've had a bad experience with normal. Sticking to reverse for a while. Less gunk builds up if you don't get debris passing through the substrate IMO.
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UGF is normal or reverse? I've had a bad experience with normal. Sticking to reverse for a while. Less gunk builds up if you don't get debris passing through the substrate IMO.
Looking @ his picture it look like normal UGF.

gunk is part of the process, no way around that. even without an UGF you'll get sludge under your substrate.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #11
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Yeah, so it seems I haven't looked carefully at the picture. I know there's no way around that but once the UGF becomes clogged, it's the same as having none at all. Main purpose is to utilize the gravel as a huge bio filter. If little to no water passes through it you can get in all sorts of troubles due to lack of oxygenation.
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Yeah, so it seems I haven't looked carefully at the picture. I know there's no way around that but once the UGF becomes clogged, it's the same as having none at all. Main purpose is to utilize the gravel as a huge bio filter. If little to no water passes through it you can get in all sorts of troubles due to lack of oxygenation.
you seem pretty against them. to each their own i guess.
many users have had great success with them. I always use them on shrimp tanks. never had a problem with them clogging.
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Lava rock over the piping helps to keep it from being clogged.
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Thanks Bryce, i'm real happy with how it turned out. Very surprised as i just kind of threw it together.
Danielt it is normal flow ugf. I used Liam's design, using pvc and Seachem Matrix. I know quite a few people who have used this design very successfully. Time will tell i guess, i hear the new aqua soil holds up a ton better. If not i have enough AS to redo this tank 10 times over.
Picked up the perfect clip light at Target for $15. The tank is on my kitchen counter with cabinets above it, so i was able to clip the light to the bottom. Worked out perfect :-)
Here's a shot all lit up.

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Old 10-29-2013, 01:55 AM   #15
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I've done Liam's UGF setup with matrix on a ton of my shrimp tanks with great success.
as long as you are using RO water AS will be fine.
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