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Give me a 12G Long and a place to stand and I...

This is my first tank journal. I finally got some time today to post it so I will be back dating the process.

I will be using the Dry Start Method (DSM)

Equipment:
Tank = Aquatop High Clarity Glass 12G Long (HCA-12G) --- Mr Aqua seems to be the most popular of this type of tanks, I don't know how they compare.

Substrate = ADA Amazonia Aquasoil, and some rocks I forgot what they are already.
Light = 36" Finnex Stingray
Filter = Yet to be decide (Ideas are welcome)

Livestock:
My plan is for this to be a Caridina shrimp tank. I might put some snails in there as well.

Plants:
-Micranthemum Monte Carlo (carpeting).
-Staurogyne repens (in between the rocks).
-Sagittaria subulata (a couple of patches by the main rock formation)
-Blyxa japonica (by the small rock on the right, will be added when flooding the tank).
-I am debating if to plant some stem plants behind the main rock formation, options I have already are: Ludwigia Red, Rotala macandra "pink mini" or Rotala green (what do you guys think?)


Back dated process:
12/25/2016
I discovered that my wife really loves me... In despite all her complains about me paying too much attention to my shrimps, she went out of her way and got me a rimless 12G Long tank for Christmas.

01/07/2017
I started thinking where to set up my new tank, I love the look of this tank so much that I want it to be visible to everyone, I want to be proud of it; so I managed to come up with a stupid idea... I would put it right below my TV, am I right?
Good thing some of you guys convinced me not to. I was just being lazy and there is no room for laziness in this hobby... so I had to keep tinkering with my tank for a few more weeks.

02/05/2017
I took me almost a month to get back to my tank, my wife (deservedly) got me doing some organizational stuff in the kitchen (making and installing drawers) on my free time.
I ended up making an entryway table for my tank, it will be the first thing people see when they enter my house.
Here are a few pictures of the table I made, it is very simple and inexpensive, I used some wood I had lying around and only had to buy 3 decking boards for the top, a small board for the lower shelve and for the paint I got 2 sample size bottles (2 colors) for $0.99/each from Lowe's.

Bump: 02/09/2017
I did the hardscape and DSM planting, I again came up with something simple but I hope it will look good once the plants fill in and grow. I am open to critics and suggestions.
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Not much of an update really... The Michrantemum Monte Carlo seems to be growing well, it's been 10 days since I planted it, I hope it takes off soon.


I intentionally left a little empty area around the rocks where I will be planting Blyxa japonica when I flood the tank. I will also plant some stem plants behind the bigger rock formation (ludwigia red is my thought at the moment).

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I really like the stand, home made I presume?
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I really like the stand, home made I presume?
Yep! Home made with some scrap wood I had (2x3s and 2x2s), and some that I bought: 3 decking boards and one 4ft 1x12.
Painted it with 2 sample size bottles of paint (white and orange) I got for 99 cents each at Lowe's.

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Yep! Home made with some scrap wood I had (2x3s and 2x2s), and some I that I bought 3 decking boards and one 4ft 1x12.
Painted it with 2 sample size bottles of paint (white and orange) I got for 99 cents each at Lowe's.

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I couldn't keep this dry start for longer, I just can't stand looking at a tank with no water in it... So I flooded it on Tuesday and I added a qanvee filter with Seachem Matrix inoculated with Lowkeys Speed Sand and I also put some SL Aqua Magic Powder on the substrate. I hope it cycles quickly and be ready for some shrimps.


I am afraid of dead spots at the other end of the tank, so I'll be adding a Finnex PX-360 canister filter there, but I want to get the cycle started for now.
I planted some Blyxa japonica by the rock on the right and some Ludwigia "red" behind the main rock formation.

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*no its not bad, either way*

TBH all those plants except the blyx (as far as I know), can be emersed grown. Patience is key that's all im sayin' lol. if I could dry start a tank again, I would.
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I want to get some inhabitants soon, so I prioritized starting the nitrogen cycle... The plants will eventually fill in the space any way. Also I was getting some brown tips on the S. repens and Sagittaria subulata that I didn't like.

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Here are a few pictures of the inhabitants of my tank that took forever to cycle.

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