Having the 7-gallon low tech Waterbox for the past year wasnít scratching my planted tank itch enough, so the wife okayed a new tank for the living room.
I decided that I wanted a shallow tank, (shallow is much easier to aquascape IMO). I was looking at the 60-F and the 45-F. Aquamaxx makes a nice 9.1 gallon, which is 23.5x9.5x9.5, very close to pulling the trigger with that one., but I found the Landen 60S 8.6 gallon which is 23.5x12x7 roughly. This was sold and shipped by a company on Long Island called Nature Aquascapes. The price was $99.99 including shipping and tax.
I received the tank the other day, delivered by FedEx and it was shocked when I opened it to find that it only had sytrofoam at the corners, with no other packaging. If anyone has ever purchased a tank for Marine Depot knows what I am talking about-- packaging peanut city. I know that FedEx goes much easier on their packages, but I was still nervous doing the leak test.
Leak test passed, and very impressed with the workmanship and the silicone. The glass is flawless.
Next up was the light and I was agonizing over this as since this is a shallow tank, I wanted a nice view from the top. I donít like the look of the Twinstars or the ADA type LEDs, and I didnít want a huge light arm hanging over the tank.
I ended up with the Finnex Planted+ 24/7. I like the sleek look, and the adjustability, but I will have to sacrifice some top view.
A little frosted backing from Amazon ($8). It went on easy and smooth.
Going straight Iwugami on this aquascape, with a white sand front and a Seriyu stone barrier, sloped up corners with an HC carpet. Itís going to be a dry start with seeds from an auction site. I have used these before with great success, but I will just have to be patient.
After three weeks it is looking pretty good.
CO2 is going to be JARDLI Aquarium CO2 Regulator with Solenoid and a paintball tank.
Now, I have to decide on a filter. After 20 years of using canister filters, I find them a little too finicky, for my liking, and considering the fact that I donít have room on the bottom of the tank for it, I am going HOB. I have used the Aquaclear before, and I like the Fluval C2 and Tidal 35 models, with the adjustability of the media and flow.
Scratch that. The tank is way too shallow and the HOB would probably look silly. I picked up the Oase Filtosmart 60. I can sneak the Oase behind the tank with minimal visibility, just need to eventually find some short lily pipes. Oase is a new product for me, and hopefully I wonít have any issues.
Oase media is going right in the trash. Filling it up with Purigen, Seachem Matrix and a nylon bag of Ammonia remover.
Time for the fill up.