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post #1921 of 1944 (permalink) Old 02-07-2019, 05:44 AM
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I have this light on a Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long and I can tell you you most certainly need to either suspend it, or dial the intensity way down. The light is too powerful for such a shallow tank. You WILL get algae blooms.
Truth. That's what is on mine and I have it at 60% AND suspended about 8" above the water line. The guys at Aquarium Co-op told me it would be too strong but if someone tells me not to do something it makes me twice as likely to do it. Well, they were right.

Anyways, I'm thinking of getting a 22 long next which I think this light would work well with!

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Truth. That's what is on mine and I have it at 60% AND suspended about 8" above the water line. The guys at Aquarium Co-op told me it would be too strong but if someone tells me not to do something it makes me twice as likely to do it. Well, they were right.

Anyways, I'm thinking of getting a 22 long next which I think this light would work well with!

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Yes - I too was thinking about a deeper 36 inch long tank and that fit the bill, though I thought it was 20 gallon.

Either way, I donít want to deviate too much from the nice look of the 12 gallon long. I had a 38 gallon way way back when I was a kid, and Iím not only done with that look, but itís far too deep to service properly.

The 20/22 gallon long is still unique looking and very serviceable. And most importantly, I can still use the fluval light. Itís a really good light.


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Can't clear the desk to take a decent full tank shot, so in sections.

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Can't clear the desk to take a decent full tank shot, so in sections.


Looks lush. Whatís the spec/equipment on the tank?


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Looks lush. Whatís the spec/equipment on the tank?


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36" (not the 24-36" version) finnex 24/7

eheim 2211 canister filter
DIY inline eheim jagar heater with pvc, I think it 75 wat
ss mesh filter guard
black diamond 'sand'


pH 7.5
kH 4 (71.6) gh dkh 6 (107.4)
temp 78F



Ammonia nitrite nitrate 0/0/0 have to dose tank for nitrates


Aquaium Co-op Easy Green and iron pump ferts 1 pump 3 times a week... not really happy with them though having algae issues..so may go back to dosing with various Seachem flourish lines.



manzanita driftwood and white oak leaves


Italian, leopard, and some jungle vals, echinodorus parviflorus, duckweed, and a baby water sprite



lots of little limpet, blue shrimp-sold as 'dream blue', and I think I saw a mini ramshorn

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Come on people don't like this thread languish! I'm sure some of you still have your 12gs running, lets see some update photos!! Or new photos for new owners!

More section shots, same old 12g long from my side aka 'back view' of tank.
Nnow with moss, water lettuce, and shrimp!! Pardon the ugly pre-filter-babies on the way gotta be careful.

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Hi everyone. First ever planted tank here. I've always wanted to do some type of carpeting plant because I thought it looked really cool. Here are some progression shots of my 12 gallon long UNS tank that I thought I'd share. I had a short battle with hair algae that caused some holes in my carpet and that's when I decided to start experimenting with other plants in preparation for my next scape.








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Hi everyone. First ever planted tank here. I've always wanted to do some type of carpeting plant because I thought it looked really cool. Here are some progression shots of my 12 gallon long UNS tank that I thought I'd share. I had a short battle with hair algae that caused some holes in my carpet and that's when I decided to start experimenting with other plants in preparation for my next scape.

Yaowza, really like your hardscape! In a way very bold to go for such simplicity in a long tank like this. Makes me want to redo my scape lol. Do you have a journal where I can follow the full progression of it?

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Yaowza, really like your hardscape! In a way very bold to go for such simplicity in a long tank like this. Makes me want to redo my scape lol. Do you have a journal where I can follow the full progression of it?
Thanks! I don't have a journal unfortunately. I didn't take a lot of pics during setup because I was way too excited lol. I will definitely start a journal for my new tank and scape. I've learned a lot from this first attempt and can't wait for the second try.
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OMG! I was in this club many, many moons ago. Alas, several deployments and moves have left my 12L tank in pieces.


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Thanks! I don't have a journal unfortunately. I didn't take a lot of pics during setup because I was way too excited lol. I will definitely start a journal for my new tank and scape. I've learned a lot from this first attempt and can't wait for the second try.
Ah too bad for the rest of us but it's a good sign that you were in the zone! Would really like to see your upcoming journal so give me a shout when it's up 'n running!

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Just found this thread and happen to have a brand new aquatop 12G long low iron glass tank.
I have not set it up yet as I need to build a stand for where it's going to go.
Here is my plan
BDBS substrate
24 led full spectrum
osmocote+ root tabs
mopani and some stone
Co2 not sure..TBD
I have a lot plants and fish to choose from in my other tanks.
I'm leaning towards a simple mostly blyxa japonica and some althernathea R. mini
For fish I have a school of espie rasboras, Galaxy rasbora (Celestial pearl Danios), Emerald Rasboras. I'm leaning the CPD's with some ottos cherry shrimp.

Filtration will be a nano canister with a diy inline heater.TBD
The big question is the stand ? Tall and narrow going to be tippy so it will have to be secured to a wall.
Whats your thoughts?

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12G Long with Oase thermo100 filter, JC&P 5730 full spec led strip
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12G Club: Got a 12 GalloN RimlesS or wanna get 1? PoSt/SeE HeRe!

Update : Pandemic Edition
Slowly gathering equipment for my 12 G long

Found a custom made hallway table for it. 13 inches deep and37 tall , perfect for shallow tank.


Hd Adjustable for leveling on my less than level floor.



Got a free zoomed nano 10 filter.
I have longer silicone hoses for when i layout the filtration .


Got a spring and lees rigid tubing so I can heat gun me some nano sized clear lily pipes.
The right angle fitting on the nano 10 filters is a big flow reducer.
noticeable increase when I did the intake. I assume when I do the outtake they will be further flow increase.


Spring pipe bender



Finally found a suitable led unit. Jc&P 48 watt full spectrum with timer . It has 96 .5 watt 6730 leds /50 lumens per led at max .
64 white , 16 blue 8 red 8 green
fits the tank lengthwise nicely. Probably going to be dialling it down a fair bit Since these tanks are so shallow which means it will run cooler and last longer.


16G Aquastar High Tech nicrew lit with dwarf rainbow and striata's
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4G low iron cube with custom zoomed nano 10 filter
12G Long with Oase thermo100 filter, JC&P 5730 full spec led strip
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Update
Got my oase thermo filter


and j tubes made .

Heat formed with heat gun


Inlet and outlet tubes will be strapped to a bracket underneath to provide support.


A clear acrylic skimmer that is small enough for nano tanks !!




as seen in 12. long . Skimmer can easily be shortened as well.



Going to be a sodastream based co2 system with a standard reg with controller and co2 art inline diffuser .

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12G Long with Oase thermo100 filter, JC&P 5730 full spec led strip
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@BOTIA I love that skimmer, where did you get it?

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