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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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45g Cube Build

So after a relatively unsuccessful first two tanks (One with what I can only assume is a TB infestation and the other with an awful black hair algae infestation) I purchased a discontinued rimmed 45g aquarium for a pretty good price. I am excited for this to be coming together. As silly and contradictory as this is going to sound once I get into my lighting choices, I am doing this as cheaply as possible.


Marineland C-220 canister filter
Hydor 200 watt heater (not purchased yet)
CO2: Undecided
Powerheads: Undecided

Lighting will be either:
Radion XR30w G2
Current 4 bulb 24" T5HO
Yes, I know these light fixtures are WORLDS apart. Both are a really good price, I just haven't decided how much money I want to spend. Leaning toward the Radion though, I've worked with them a lot on saltwater thanks and I would only need one as opposed to the two I would have needed if I kept my 55.

Hardscape: I have half a bag of flourite and half a bag of eco-complete, probably going to some organic miracle grow and I'm either going to cap that with flourite/eco-complete THEN cap it with pool filter sand OR mix the eco-complete and sand and cap that on organic miracle-gro. Open to suggestions.

I am planning on picking up a bottle of silicone and crafting a mountain-type centerpiece out of rocks/driftwood with some integrated flowerpot caves and areas that I can plant some plants. I have not worked out the logistics of this quite yet...

x6 + corydoras habrosus (I have 4)
x2 gold ram (I have 2)
x10 or so Trigonostigma espei (I have 5, but they are in my TB tank so unfortunately they are out )
Group of undecided dwarf rainbow, pseudomugil paska is my dream
x1 betta spendens (I don't know if he will work out, but I already have him so I'm going to give it a shot)


No idea, completely underplanned here. I would like to try out dwarf subulata and HC near the base of the centerpiece though.

The set up isn't quite ready yet though, here's my / my father's progress so far with the stand. All suggestions are welcome, I was just really excited seeing the tank/stand almost finished, so I wanted to start my journal. Location is not quite set in stone, it is next to a door (albeit, the door has about 0 draft, unlike our windows). I need to make sure it's impossible for the door to be smashed into the aquarium... also not sure about the vent.

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For such a beautiful cube, i will find it an other location, where three sides are viewable.
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As long as you have a heater in the tank, you should be fine with drafts and stuff.

As for plants, what sort of water change/fertilizing schedule are you planning on doing? Ever thought of doing a tank with only crypts? There's from C. parva to C. lutea and C. wendtii to C. spiralis. And they can be grown on wood and rocks as well as in the substrate. If you do crypts with high light and CO2, the result is simply breathtaking. Not a more versatile plant out there.

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