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post #1 of 115 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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Neoman's 12g NanoCube (formerly rrrrRamos')

I got this tank from my brother and have been wanting to set it up for a while but the lights were busted among other things so I've had to delay it for a while. I started setting it up today as I'm expecting my order for the new bulbs to arrive tomorrow. It's not much to look at at the moment, but I'm hoping it turns out a lot better than my previous tank.
Today I just added the substrate, filled it and made sure all the stuff for the filter was up and running. I've got regular Flourite for the substrate, luckily this time I cleaned it before just tossing water on it, it's already almost cleared out after about 5 hours or so. I bought a crypt the other day that I put in my sisters tank for safekeeping until this one was ready so that's in there too.

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Filter is consistent of the sponges, BioBalls and pump that came with the cube
2x 24W 10,000K Bulbs
Flourite

Also on this tank is my first go at a DIY CO2 System. I set it up about 2 hours ago and it seems to be producing a steady stream of bubbles. I have it connected to an air diffusser at the moment but will be ordering a glass one over the weekend.

As far as plants I have the crypt which my brother told me was Wendtii, yet to be planted as I have no idea where I want this tank to go yet.

I don't have any fish but I'm planning on getting about 3-4 Oto's and maybe 4 or 5 Harlequin Rasbora. Not too many, but its all subject to change.

Here are some pic's of the tank, please excuse the cloudy water, as I mentioned before, the Flourite managed to retain a good amount of dust even though I washed it about 4 times before putting it in the tank :/





Here is my CO2 Setup, just set up in a glass of water to make sure everything was in working order, will be put in the tank probably over the weekend



Let me know what you think, not much as of now but it should take off in a couple of days when I've got everything for it!

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Welcome, looks like your off to a good start. You may find your light to be a little strong, after things are up an running. That crypt is doing good!

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Yeah it may, but if it is so much that it starts hurting the plants I can easily just take one of the bulbs out.
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on your co2 system what is the little bottle for. does the tube from the co2 bottle go into the liquid (water I guess)?
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the little bottle is like a checkpoint for the yeast/sugar mix. You don't want that going into your tank, so if you add another bottle, it can collect any liquid that may go into the tube, so then it's in the little bottle, and not your tank.

good looking setup so far, i like how the light looks. That crypt is huge!

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Thanks for all the comments, yeah I didn't realize how big it was going to be in such a small tank haha.
The lights I ordered didn't come in today, so it looks like that temp light will be on there for another day...
On another note I put my CO2 into the tank, just have it in there with a ceramic diffuser right now, until I get one of the glass ones, just to see if I can tell any difference between this tank and others I've kept before.
Oh and also, thanks to my brother, my tank is now inhabited by an oto!
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your welcome for that oto ;]


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I like the all in one nano cubes. How is the flow coming from the filter setup? I know a lot of the people that use them for reefs usually upgrade the pumps, but nano-reefs also require a lot more flow than a planted tank.

Also make sure your tank is cycled before adding a bunch of fish!
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The flow is fine, in fact I was considering lowering it a bit.
And yeah, the oto is in there to help with the cycling. Apparently my lights are walking from Missouri to my house so it'll probably be cycled before they get in from the looks of it.
I'll have to take some new pics now that it's all cleared up and the CO2 is pumping into the tank and all.
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So I planted the crypt and got some driftwood that I attached some anubias nana to and have that in the tank, along with some micro sword that I'm holding till my brother gets his new light in, I'll post some pics later. I'm at a loss at what plants would work well in here. I'm considering HC for a carpet because I want something that will stay small, and I'll have the light for it, but I'm open to suggestion.
On that note, if anyone has any good suggestions for plants that work well in a NanoCube please let me know!
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Pics as promised:

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My anubias nana attached to the driftwood:


Close up of the plants:


And finally my CO2 setup, for now at least:
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Nice crypt. Have you dealt with any melt after moving it around? One little suggestion, though. Keep an eye on the white diffuser if its the throw away kind. I have had them clog up on me in a matter of a few days. If you clean it off every other day, you'll be fine.

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Well the crypt wasn't planted until yesterday, so I'm experiencing no problems with it so far.
Also, that diffuser is just a temp solution until I get a reactor or find some way to get the CO2 into the tank more effectively, but thanks for the heads up I'll have to start checking it out every so often to make sure it's in good working order!
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Looking good. The crypt looks large in that tank. Zucchini, lol. Is that the only thing your oto will eat?
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Maybe you guys here can help me. I'm trying to find an effective way to diffuse the CO2 into my tank using minimal equipment. I had the idea of making a hole in the tubing for my pump, the outflow tubing as there is no inflow, and putting a bulkhead or something of the like to get the CO2 injecting directly into the flow of the water, and coming out mixed in with the water. Like I said, I'm trying to do this with as little additional equipment to the tank as part of this tank is the fact that you can't see most of the equipment being used.

And the oto didn't touch the zucchini, haha, it was just in there because my brother cut one too many pieces and we'd figure we'd see if my little guy would eat any of it.
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