Well - my intention when I started this tank was a small 15 gallon to have upstairs in the living room, mostly to wet my appetite and that of my wife. We missed having the aquariums running. We have had them running for the last 25 to 30 years, but not for the last 2-3 years. I thought the 15gallon Flex would be nice while I wait for the weather to improve outside. I need the snow to melt so I can get the new 180 gallon down the outside stairwell and into the basement door.
Ok, so 1 becomes 2... I know I want shrimp in my fast-approaching 180... I am unlikely to breed Amano shrimp... but Red Cherry... now, that's a possibility! My local Fish Monger sells small Red Cherries for $4.00 each... Hmmm, that's expensive I thought for snackables... best start producing my own. One always needs an excuse to start another tank. Right?
I grabbed a 10 gallon out of stock, Standard ole 50 watt Topfin Heater, a hydro sponge filter, and some black sand substrate and bought 6 of my mongers very best RCS. Some clippings out of the Flex with a handful of Java Moss and presto – a Shrimp tank is born.
Back to the Flex… as I just got sidetracked. My intention when I started this tank was a small 15 gallon to have upstairs in the living room (I think I stated that before) I placed the wooden stand up next to the fireplace… it’s rough but so what… There is no open back so any equipment would basically go down by the side of the tank between it and the cutout for the fireplace. I never intended for there to be much, if any equipment after all the tank has a built-in filter etc..
Hmmm… Somewhere I went awry in my thinking. I added the Medusa temp controller as I posted earlier… and I ordered the CO2… oh-oh… guess I will just have to add a PH Controller, another power bar cause the plug is inaccessible BEHIND the stand (of course!) – Oh Wait going to need a timer for this… Oh Crap – wasn’t this just supposed to be a simple 15 gallon?
I had the Milwaukee SMS122 PH Controller downstairs left over from the 77 gallon several years back. I had a brand new Pinpoint PH Probe so I hooked that up and calibrated it with 7 and 4 solutions. The Probe went into the back of the tank in the filter with the temp probe etc.. I decided to just have it on during the lighting hours only so the controlled plug is actually plugged into a mechanical timer. So basically the PH controller turns on and off the CO2 supply 24 hours a day BUT power is only supplied to the solenoid during a 12 hours period. I went with the Aquatek Mini
regulator & Solenoid which I picked up on Fleabay and a 24oz paintball tank off of Amazon. I stuck a simple Fluval bubble counter on the side for easy reference, and a Dennerle CO2 Check Valve
between it and the regulator. I ordered some Tygon Tubing for the CO2 but when it came in from Amazon they shipped the wrong size so it had to go back - so, for now, I'm just using Penn-Plax Silicone tubing. It Works, Drop Checker is Green. Picture of the tank a few days ago, along with the mess of wires and gear.