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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-18-2018, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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UNS 3n Dragonstone bonsai

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It's been a while since my last project (see signature) a shallow cube which lasted three years while I was in MI. I had hoped to be growing algae in a reef tank by now, alas I will wait for a bit before that happens.

Tank: UNS 3G - 60$
Stand: Table, no diy this time
Light: Asta 20 - 44$
Filter: SunSun 603B 25$
Heater: Florida home, none needed
Co2: None
Hardscape: Undecided - rock-scape will be tough on this scale
Flora: Image below, Thinking of the Monte Carlo instead of HC
Fauna: One Betta

Here's what I would like to end up with:



Here is the potential space, the table isn't as over engineered as I'd like to, but for a nano it will do. Will coat it to make it waterproof/resistant soon.



Bump: Ended up with the following tank from Amazon by Ultum. Good quality in my opinion, in terms of the 45 degree joint.
2.9 gallons



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Got the smallest SunSun, worked well in the past for me, dirt cheap.





Bump: In terms of light I went with a unknown Chinese LED (dimmable) from amazon, good reviews.
Comes with two lenses, 120 or 60 degree spread. Unfortunately the 60 has a yellow border. Too much light for this tank, will be using it quite a bit dimmed.

120 degree lens


The included 60 degree lens


The ugly yellow border with the 60 degree


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With a tank so small, I am thinking of getting red lava rock, break into pieces to make the hardscape (mountain and plateau for the bonsai)

Any one else tried this? or perhaps used dragon stone?


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nice start! I will be fallowing. as I want to set up a FW planted tank. I also grow macro algae in a dedicated reef...
anyway keep us posted
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nice start! I will be fallowing. as I want to set up a FW planted tank. I also grow macro algae in a dedicated reef...
anyway keep us posted
Hey thanks! Waiting for the redsea peninsula to drop a little in price for my sps/lps setup soon!!!


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So I went to a local rock yard and picked up pieces of a broken faux rocks made with concrete (fiberglass)

Unfortunately it does fizzle with vinegar








Any thoughts on a huge rock in a small tank?


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I think it might look better if you went with a rock that was about 30% smaller, but Im no expert!
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I think it might look better if you went with a rock that was about 30% smaller, but Im no expert!
My thought exactly!!!!! I'm gonna try to chisel carefully and try to crack it down the 1/3. Does have fiberglass through the middle for reinforcement.

A little worried still about this faux rock, my local ph here in FL is 8, this rock does fizzle with vinegar.


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A or B?

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B


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My thought exactly!!!!! I'm gonna try to chisel carefully and try to crack it down the 1/3. Does have fiberglass through the middle for reinforcement.

A little worried still about this faux rock, my local ph here in FL is 8, this rock does fizzle with vinegar.
Bite the bullet and get some natural rock! It will look better and you don't have to worry that way.
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Bite the bullet and get some natural rock! It will look better and you don't have to worry that way.
Guess what? got me a nice big Ohko from a LFS, might be too big for my tank, but we'll deal with that problem when I get home

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I'm so curious to see how this goes. Such a cute little tank.

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So ordered some plants!!!!
And decided on a final scape I think.

Monte Carlo
HC
Anubias nana petite
Fissidens
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'






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Local pond has this, pennywort?



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Bonsai is in, compacted the roots into a crevice without any soil, some sand, lets hope it survives





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