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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-04-2007, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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10" Cube

Here's the specs:
Using Seachem Excel & all their products minus the trace
Tank size~ 10 X 10 x 10 " = 4.3 gal
Lighting~ 13 wt T-5 6500 K desk lamp
The tank gets a few hours of sunlight. I also have another 20 wt flourescent fixture I have been propping on the windowsill on overcast days when it extends more than just a day or so
Substrate~ generic potting soil consisting of peat and compost covered with fine black gravel & white sand path
Red Sea Nano Filter
Plants~
Ludwigia Repens
Dwarf Sag
HC
Marimo Ball
Taiwan & Christmas moss
Dwarf 4 leaf clover
Pennywort
Livestock~ 1 dwarf puffer, 2 X Orange shrimp
After my first trim








Sorry about the ugly heater, I'm going to get a stealth instead.

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I'm guessing this tank is filterless?

Sweet dwarf puffer.

For now, it doesn't look like there's a distinct foreground midground or background but rather it's like looking at a road or stream with the surrounding growth and it's a pretty cool effect.

I think perhaps the next time you take a photo of the tank you could lower your camera more so that is dead center of the tank so that it would help make this effect. From your pictures, I wanted to see it from a lower angle.


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Thanks for your reply. My photography skills are severely lacking, I like the suggestion..I will try it. There is a Red Sea nano filter, the intake is hidden by the huge heater.. As I said, I want a different one. I run the water level up past the inflow so there is'nt much surface movement. That baby DP is the cutest fish, he is so tiny. The only problem I am having with him is convincing him he needs to eat bloodworms. He eats 3 baby snails and freshly hatched brine shrimp gutloaded with phyto & Selcon each day.
These pics were taken with the auto setting. Do you have some suggestions for manual settings I could practice with?
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I like your style of layering on this scape.The transitions are more natural. They are subtle and done well. Considering the size of the tank I think you have done well with your scape.


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Thank you for such a nice compliment. It looked horrible yesterday before I fixed the plants. The ludwigia was growing tall with roots all the way dangling down to the bottom. I hacked all of that out. Should have fixed those few stones that were out of place for the photo though. I am surprised that the Hc seems to be doing well. It seems everyone says it needs high light.
Someone mentioned I could hide the heater in a filter.Do they make a small canister that is good, that would work on this small tank?
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Maybe the toms mini rapids would work for you. But you wouldnt be able to stick a heater in it or in line of it.


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It looks very nice, I googled it. Would there be concern for the outflow since it is a spraybar?
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Looking back at these photos, I notice how clean the glass looks all of the sudden. What do you think happened to clear up my tank? I have been fighting algae in it for weeks. I did up the excel a bit, would that do it? You can see a little of my CRS . It is still having growing pains, compared to this tank. It was set up a few weeks after this one though.
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The other tank..still a work in progress.


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Very Nice


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Thanks Jinx. LOL..you can see my ghetto light set-ups.
The second tank has a reptile light, same fixture as an aqua minilight.
I just replaced the bulbs~ 2 X 9 wt 6500 K
6 CRS
2 ottos
8 Spixi snails

HC
ludwigia repens
dwarf & regular pelia
anubias afzelii
crinum calimistratum
pennywort
dwarf sag
dwarf marsilia quadrifolia
red crypt
Christmas moss
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I alrady saw your tank on AquaticMagic

well done.

BTW, my tanks is that one with discus
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Thank you! Oh really, did they ask for your photo or just take it? I like that tank.
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Perspective..
crummy pic, put a background up & it gave me glare..




Got the stealth heater though..

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Some beautiful tanks you have there. Keep up the awesome work.
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