Hello again everyone,
Some of you may recall my recent shallow 80 gallon aquarium journal I had on here and UKAPS, under "Green Shallows."
As with many interests, hobbies come and go- and while planted aquariums certainly aren't gone for me, I felt the desire to downsize my commitment to the hobby. I was majorly (and consistently) slacking on the 80g maintenance, especially once it went onto "autopilot" after about six months.
And something more unexpected - we could never find an enjoyable layout for the aquarium in our living room here in this house also. The aquarium always being too intrusive- or too distant for casual viewing. It just felt disconnected from the living space.
For my other main hobby, I had decided to begin a "Credenza type" project - basically a smaller entertainment stand with a couple of cabinets and shelves.
Then, I imagined how nice it would be to put a nano aquarium on it...
Then, I imagined freeing myself of the guilt of not maintaining the 80g and only having a nano sized aquarium to play with for a while... on the new credenza I wanted to build
This UNS was ordered around the middle of 2018 with a Buceplant coupon, bringing it in for just below $100. And my is it beautiful. I have never owned an ADA, but I have owned acrylic aquariums.. mr aqua... etc. This UNS glass aquarium is well built and just gorgeous. Almost disappearing into the wall.
Something I hadn't done before was loads of hardscape material. I had always felt the hardscapes I did were pretty underwhelming in the end.
There was Seiryu stone and Spiderwood left over from previous scapes.. and a good amount of it for a 10g. If I'm downsizing to a smaller aquarium, why not try to fit it all, right?
Ultum Nature Systems 60S
23.62 x 14.17 x 7.09"
The dirtier looking "playsand" from big box stores (Lowes in my case). This playsand has more grit and variation to it; I appreciate that more than pristine white sand.
Finnex 24/7 CC 20"
On custom 24/7 mode with 6 hours @ full 100%.
Azoo Mignon 150
None for right now, although I expect I'll cower soon and hook it back up
Thrive+ by Nilocg
Just one pump, twice a week for now
Anubias nana petite
- Arrogant Blue
- Black Pearl
- Brownie Blue
- Mini Coin
- Red Blade
- Sri Lanka
- unidentified - (very dark rippled, hammered leaves)
Vesicularia Montagnei, "Christmas Moss"
10 RCS (added 12/14)
A few random otocinclus and pygmy corydoras
This journal will begin in the next posts by quickly documenting the credenza stand build (and general idea behind the design). It is likely a bit beyond what most would want to do for a glorified aquarium stand here on these forums, therefore I will probably make a more detailed build journal over in the DIY section if anyone has interest. I have tried to take pictures or video most of the entire setup process from credenza and canopy build to setting up the aquarium.
Pictures and updates coming soon