I thought that I would start a journal of my new set up. I have been out of planted tanks for about 1 year after concentrating on my 34 gallon reef, but I have been itching recently to get back in and had to wear down the wife until she finally said yes
I was looking for the Mr. Aqua 17 gallon as I really liked the dimensions. My old planted tank was a Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long, and although I enjoyed that tank, I thought that it didnít have the ideal dimensions I was looking for in order to watch schools of fish swim, which is what I like most about freshwater set-ups.
It was tough to find a Mr. Aqua 17 gallon, but I eventually found one on an auction site. Two days after the seller told me the tank shipped I sent them an email asking for a tracking number. After that email I was told that they didnít have any more tanks, and they were going to send me a refund. Thanks for holding my money all this time without telling me. This is a huge store and I was really surprised that they didnít offer me something else of comparative value, or had an accurate inventory system.
The new Aquatop High Clarity Tanks appealed to me so I found a seller and decided to go with the 12.7 gallon model.
I received the tank yesterday, and the packaging was very well done. The quality of this tank is really impressive, the seams and the silicone are darn near flawless, and the glass is crystal clear. I will take some close up shots later so you can see what I mean, and I would definitely recommend these tanks to anyone looking for a good alternative to a HC Mr. Aqua or an ADA.
I was kind of surprised at the dimensions at first, and I guess I didnít look at them too closely, but this tank is actually 23.6 x 8 x 15.75, it is kind of like a stunted, tall 12 gallon long. I didnít expect it to be so tall and thin, but oh well, plenty of space for fish, but it might make aquascaping a challenge.
Leak test passed.
AquaTop High Clarity Aquarium Tall, 12.7 Gallons, 23.6x8x15.75
SunSun HW-303B 4-Stage External Canister Filter 370GPH
Current Satellite Plus Freshwater
Hydor ETH 200 In-Line External Aquarium Heater, 200w, 5/8" hose
Caribsea Super Naturals Aquarium Sand, 20-Pound, Crystal River
Anubias Nana 'Micro'
Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
This is going to be a Seiryu Stone driftwood layout with no CO2 for now. I received my plants yesterday from Hanís Aquatics and they are chilling in my daughterís Fluval Spec.
I am still waiting on my pipes, heater and sand, so I canít start aquascaping until next week.