so for about a year or so i've been planning this tank for my bedside table. After searching and searching for a cheap tank that would fit i finally gave up and settled for a biocube 14. it's the exact dimensions of my bedside table and fits perfect so i didn't mind too much. anyway this is my first "high tech" (kinda) tank. The scape has been in my head forever and finally has come to fruition. Soo.. here is how i set it up and the steps i took blah blah blah...
first the hardscape... for this tank i wanted to do an open forest kinda theme. i've seen forest themes done before but they were too crowded for my taste.
so i ordered a couple of manzanita trees from save-on-crafts.com. cheapest trees i could find ($9 a piece) and were actually really good quality.
after soaking and boiling for like ever i added them to the tank.
i used instant ocean holdfast epoxy to keep them in place.
next i filled in substrate and placed my rocks. they were old ones my dad bought a long time ago from some aquarium store.
next comes planting.
then i filled that sucker with water. let it sit for a bit then started adding fish. don't worry, don't worry this water was already cycled from a 10 gallon i had set up for a while.
let the leds on for about a day and then turned on the real lights the next.
and as of now this is what the tank looks like
anyway this tank uses 2 6500k cfl bulbs (gonna update to the new finnex soon) along with 2 of the biocube leds, white and blue.
in the back i took out the biocube filter media and put a heater in the first chamber. (from bottom to top) seachem bio matrix, purigen and a blue bonded pad in the second chamber. and the third chamber has the pump and biocube UV. i also took off the outlet thing and put in a loc-line spray bar. this tank is currently home to 3 gouramis, 4 glolight tetras (one died ) about 11 amano shrimp, 2 otocinclus, a bunch of nerite snails, and 2 ghost shrimp that i had left from another tank. the flora includes a bunch of dwarf hairgrass, like 3 anubias nana, 2 anubias congensis, 2 hygrophila, some cyperus, and some hornwort(that i wish would stay anchored and root). and sorry i have no idea what the scientific names of the plants are.
anyway as i said earlier i'm gonna switch out the lights soon to the new finnex fugeray planted+ and gonna go pick up a drop checker (cuz i have no idea what i'm doing with the c02)
this tank is on a 7.5 hour daylight period with no lights on at night and c02 is currently at 1 bubble ever 2 seconds. i use ro/di water with added seachem equilibrium. i dose seachem flourish, trace, and the other ones as needed.
next post will probably be me retrofiting the lights and the new drop checker lol.
Let my know your thoughts and any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!! thanks