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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, my name is Justin and I am a college student from Southern California! I have been a lurker here for a while, but finally felt the need to make a post! In a short few days, finals are going to be starting. I recently had a quarter life crisis where I changed my major and really evaluated what I wanted to do with my life. So these next few weeks will be rough in this transition stage. To get myself through these times, I thought it would be fun to to start a new tank and share that experience here.

I have done quite a few aquascapes at home, and have even done one in college. What gets me everytime to eventually hate my creation is that I cut corners, or do not think of a problem that ultimately makes me dislike the aquarium. I'm not a perfectionist by any means, but especially with a fish tank you see and work with every day, any slight annoyances grow with time. Having rounded corners on the tank, not happy with the overall setup, disliking my stand, and seeing a chip on the glass are all small, but extremely annoying things that really made me want to start over each time. With perfection (at least within my own perception), I hope that I can enjoy this aquascape fully.

Wow, so much text, thank you all who read so far. Right now, I am in the planning phase. I am going to buy everything off of Amazon as humanly possible for convenience's sake as I do not have a car. I also do have a budget, but I'm willing to splurge as this sort of represents a new time in my life as I enter a new school with new goals. Hope you guys enjoy the ride and I'm excited to see where this goes!

*All products are linked for my convenience and your convenience


Ultum Nature Systems 5N Clear Rimless Tanks, 4.6 gal
Sektion White Wall Cabinet 15 x 15 x 20”
SEKTION Wall cabinet - white, Häggeby white, 15x15x15 " - IKEA
Tech'n'Toy SunSun HW-602B External Canister Filter
Glass Lily Pipe Spin Outflow and Inflow - JARDLI
GoGreen Power GG-16103MS 6 Outlet Surge Protector
Clear Tubing
(Looking around)
Chihiros A-Series
Lily Pipe Cleaner
(Debating on how I want to do this, and which glassware I should use)
(I don’t like heaters, but nights are so cold here and my apartment isn’t very well insulated)
Filter Media
(Looking into)
Acrylic Paint

Scaping Materials

Pool Filter Sand
(I bought a 20 gallon bag many years ago from Leslie’s)
Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum
Seiryu Stone
(I’m looking for this, but so expensive everywhere *sad*)


Least Killifish (Heterandria formosa)
(I have no idea where to get these *more sad*)
Tiger Shrimp (Caridina cantonensis)
(I have no idea where to get these either *sadness increases*)


Rotala macrandra sp. “Mini Butterfly”
(Where do I get all these plants *sigh)
Rotala sp. “Mini Pearl type 1”
(Still no idea, but that’s later I guess *more sighs*)
Rotala sp. “Mini Pearl type 2”
Carpet Plant
(Debating between HC and Belem hair grass)
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe I am a bit of a perfectionist haha. I'm just planning everything out here so there will be hopefully less issues down the road. My dream was always to have a huge dutch tank and farm really rare plants in like my bedroom and keep a display tank outside, but that dream isn't for today. Maybe when I have a little more time and money. I definitely am going to have fun! Is it weird to say that planning and imagining is therapeutic for me?

My shopping timeline looks something like this:

Tank + Stand → Filter + Lily Pipes → CO2 System → (Drill holes in stand) → Scaping Materials
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Looks like some great planning to me!

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Update. I couldn't sleep tonight, and I thought about it, there was a lighting fixture that I have had on my mind. After I saw someone write a review on it on this site, I knew it was destiny haha. I got the Chihiros A-Series 36cm and I'm super excited. It's pretty cheap and still has the aesthetic I'm looking for. Anyone in the Irvine area able to help me find some scaping materials? I'm looking for large Seiryu stones without having to pay too much -_-

More updates to come soon, hopefully with pictures! My light should be coming soonest the 28th of March, or latest the first week of April. Until then.
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Long time no see! Finals are over, my bank account is back to normal, and I'm so encouraged by this whole project! My order from Chihiros came in and the box took a small beating, but all looks good!

With that said, my friend gave me an EcoQube C so I am super excited to start that up (a lot cheaper too haha). I'm surprised that not many people have bought one and posted here. That's all for now, will post again soon.
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