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New Project...30 Cube

Ok my 240 gallon tank is up and running and stable. I am now switching my focus to an Oceanic 30 cube tank in my bed room. I have power compacts and im going to use pressurized Co2 with a milwaukee controller. Im not going to use a reactor however im going to use the Co2 to an airstone and then into a power head method. I found some really cool looking driftwood from an online source. I paid $24 including shipping for 2 pieces of wood that I think look awesome in this tank. Here are some photos:





Its 2 pieces of wood that I managed to kinda fit together.

For substrate I have ADA Soil in the Amazonia form. I am thinking of putting some hair grass down in the front left corner. Some sort of Moss and Java fern scattered over the wood. I am also going to put some types of Crypts in the back corners. I am also open to suggestions.

For fish I am making this tank for a pair of Nannochromis Transvestitus. 6-12 white clouds and probably a crown tail betta. I also plan on about 12 Amano Shrimp and some Ottos.

If anyone has any suggestions as far as plans im open to them.
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If you can find them, the long-finned variety of white clouds are AMAZING - but I've been looking for them for years with very little luck. They are probably my favorite fish ever.

Fantastic looking wood - and great price!!! Care to share where you picked that up? This tank will look fantastic I'm sure.


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I am in the process of trying to get all the wood the guy has available. Once I get it in im gonna hand pick some pieces for my other projects and then put the rest up for sale on this forum for the same price I paid for it. I'll pm whoever is interested.
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Keep me in mind - it is great looking stuff! Good luck with this project.


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Yea I think you are on the right path to a beautiful tank. I would try not to get that log too covered up let the entangled wood be the main eye catcher. Im thinking you are going to make me jealous in a few weeks.
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... I'm jealous already. None of my empty tanks have that sort of potential.


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Excellent.
This is just what I wanted to see.
I've just recently purchased this same cube but I have no idea how to scape it.
Forget that it is infested with hair algae and GW atm.
It'll be my 2nd planted tank.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences.
Nice peice of wood btw. How deep do you plan on having the substrate?

Could I see a shot of the tank with the light fixture on it?
Need some ideas. Strongly thinking about a MH pendant tho.
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Im planning on making the substrate really deep in the back sloping downward. I want the log to seem buried in some areas. I am definately planning on keeping a lot of the wood exposed. I love the look of wood in aquariums. Once I get my Co2 stuff and my filter in I will start taking more pictures. But like I said suggestions would be nice.
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I'm not loving that wood arrangement. Almost like there is too much hardscape. Have you tried other ones, or is that just one you threw in there for the time being?

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I do have one suggestion actually.
That one thick branch/trunk furthest left needs to go.
Is it a peice itself?
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I'm not loving that wood arrangement. Almost like there is too much hardscape. Have you tried other ones, or is that just one you threw in there for the time being?

Ya its just something I threw in there for input. The wood is actually in a trash can getting water logged.

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That piece is seperate. I was also thinking about removing it. I wanna add some rock somewhere in there but Im not sure how to go about it.

Thats why I posted this so I could get feedback from everyone. Im gonna try to get my hands on some cool looking rock anyone have suggestions?
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Any lawn/garden/landscaping/nurseries near you? They often have landscaping rock, and usually many different kinds. You can pick your own, or split a larger piece. if you only take a few pieces, they would charge very little, if at all.

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Mh?

I'm guessing the dimensions are roughly 19" cubed...?

A suspended Sunpod 150watt MH lamp (approx 20") might find an appropriate application here to address the lighting for this depth. Never used one, but the size seems perfect for this cube... and you get lunar lights too, not to mention that wonderful MH shimmer.

I don't know if the white clouds are considered jumpers since you'd probably need an open top with MH.
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