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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-27-2016, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Lost and Tomorrow (12g Long Journal)

Shrimp sanctuary / dutchy / woody

Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long

ADA africana
Power sand-S
Tourmailine BC
Penac P + W
Bacter 100

ADA hornwood - four big pieces

Jardli (check amazon - cheap ADA alternative)

Current Satellite Plus Pro LED


Eheim Classic 250
Purgien additive

20G tetra air pump w/4 way outlet
Super bacto mini sponge filter
Kolud city check valves - red color
Twinstar Shrimp 50 hydrogen peroxide smoker


Day one:
Spent ten hours setting up electrical and pipes, and then planting. Too tired to take a photo. Just enjoy with a glass of wine.

Day two visual:

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That's gorgeous! Can't wait to see more.
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Tank looks really cool in the bookcase. Can we get a plant list when time permits?
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Here's some making of and process shots of Lost and Tomorrow. My intent is to create a woody shrimp sanctuary with some Dutch influences.

The idea was to put a twelve gallon long the width of the shelf. Wires, C02 system, air pump, and double taps are concealed behind books one shelf down. Second shelf down houses the Eheim classic 250 filter. I replaced the green 12/16 hoses with clear ADA ones.

The shelf was reinforced with steel brackets screwed into the studs behind the book case, and onto the sides of the book case. The blood gnome filter is lighting the tank.

I spent a few weeks thinking about the hardscape which is ADA hornwood, and then spent several hours terraforming the Africana aquasoil. I liked the contrast of the brown hues of the wood against the orange soil. I used power sand S, penac P+W, bacter 100 and tourmaline BC. I copied whatever James Findley does in several of his Green Machine videos for his substrate prep. Thanks to houseofcards and all other members who gave me feedback.

Detail shot of the wood... I tied mosses and java fern on the woods, but especially densely in this area where the four logs meet up.

The inflow pipe is fairly long, so I placed a kitchen ramikan into the soil so it can be accommodated without interfering with the soil. I put an old sponge filter on top to avoid shrimp fry (if I ever get any) from getting sucked into the filter. I chopped up a plastic folder to support the substrate in key areas like hills, and to form rudimentary barriers for the dwarf hair grass.

The 6" inch air stone and bacto sponge filter has a 4 way valve I can adjust the flow with. I liked the red color check valves and the metal air regulator, although I wish I could serve wine from the two unused taps...

I bought a variety of plants and mosses from a member here, as well as Aqua Forest SF. Will list the species in a update. I had the plants sitting in distilled water for a day or two before I was ready to plant. It took a good ten hours to terraform the soil, get the equipment setup, the plants situated and tank filled.

Lost and tomorrow is a place for me to reflect about tomorrow and find myself in the present moment with patience and grace.

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Such a nice setup here! The bookcase goes perfectly to showcase the tank - total quality and taste when it comes to hardscape and visual appeal
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wow very pretty tank! and a well written thread to :3
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Almost six months in. Looking better than ever. Hardscape is 100% the same. Some plants have changed - opted for slower grows. Some inhabitants have changed. Computer was introduced. Let me show you my wins -- all super ghetto photos, too drunk to post good ones:

I use Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics formula + c02 supermarket sodastream + current usa 48" dialed to 25% power:


Made a dosing and temperature computer - arudino + peristaltic pumps:

Livestock (have had few deaths, shrimp colony is locked down. Need to be careful about the SF water though, major rainfall has changed the city water GH/KH). Inhabitants: 5 rummy, 4 neon tertras, 3 lamp light tetras, 2 ember tetras, 1 guppy, hundreds of shrimp, 3x oto.). Shrimp include mutts, red rili, green hulk balbuti, amanos, chocos...


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Haven't seen this thread in a long time! sounds like its going good
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