I started my first planted/shrimp tank back in 2011...the colony survived the move from MD to NJ last year and general neglect from me for almost 2 years.
Back in January I had a major incident with it where 95% of the water was accidentally pumped out of it. Thankfully I didn't lose any of the shrimp and I took most of the moss that was overgrowing out of it after that event. After that the tank seemed to really take off again with tons of baby shrimp being born. After this I started getting back into the hobby. I got some more plants for the tank and added some Amano shrimp and a snail that decided to climb out of the tank and I didn't discover him till it was too late in a storage bin under my tanks.
Here is my 12" Cube tank back in February, after the pump out incident.
Some of the CRS Shrimp in it.
The tank as of tonight...I need a major trimming!
After the incident, I decided I wanted to add another tank the collection...but the project became stillborn after I saw that the cheap fiberboard tank stand I was using was on its last legs and started bowing. i winded up picking up a Marineland 5 Gallon Portrait, which will become a planted Betta tank with some Red Cherry Shrimp. I winded up pulling out the false wall down that makes up the filtration system that comes with it and replacing the LED light with something more powerful so I have more flexibility with plants. The other part was if I did this after I set it up, i'd have to pull it apart again and redo the substrate etc. I'll be using ADA Amazonian soil I had left over from when I first setup the 12 cube tank (I had some other tanks but never set them up)
I went with a Grech CBG-500 HOB Filter that has a built in UV light to replace the filtration system and a 50W Eheim Jager heater. I replaced the built in light with a Finnex FugeRay Planted+ clip on. The only issue is that I had to modify the light base so I could fit the glass cover on the tank still.
Some photos of the tank...before I pulled the plug on it after discovering the stand wasn't up to the task.
I've always wanted to have a larger tank (biggest tank I've had was 29 gallons) for years now...so I finally pulled the trigger on this:
Its a Innovative Marine NUVO 40 Gallon tank. I have a Cobalt EXT Canister filter with some glass lily pipes, a Hydor Inline heater, 24in Current USA Satellite Plus PRO LED Light and Controsil for my substrate. I have CO2 regulator that I ran on the 12 gallon for a short period of time that I plan on reusing on this tank also.
That led me back to the stand situation...since I got the Marineland tank I was thinking of building my own. The issue I ran into was that I couldn't fit all three tanks in the space I wanted to keep every thing..so I said screw it and decided that I'd build two stands...one for the 40 gallon and the Marineland tank and the other for 12" cube tank. The cube tank will be on the oppiste side of the bow window in my office next to my book shelf.
I had off since June 30th and did a ton of projects around the house, to include putting in a new front door and redoing my powder room and finally building the stand I needed...
I built it out of 2x3s and 1/4 plywood. First shot is roughed out and the second shot is with the trim work installed. I need to add a door (anyone have a good place to get door hinges from?) and a center shelf on the left side before I start staining it.
After I get it stained, the only hold up will be building the cube stand! I built the bigger one as a proof of concept since it was my first time building a tank stand. The smaller one should go together quicker. I can't setup the Nuvo and Portrait tanks till I can move the cube tank, since that has my live stock in there. I prob rehome the shrimp form the cube tank in the 40 gallon with some Harlequin Rasboras and break it down for Sulawesi Shrimp down the road.