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Joining the 12G Mr.Aqua Club

Hello Everyone,

So ever since I saw this tank I have been in loved with it and seeing how marinedepot had a sale I couldn't resist.

I still haven't decided what fauna to keep in this tank but I am thinking probably a school of espei rasboras if I can track them down here in the city.

So here is what I have so far as specs go:

Tank: 12 gallon Mr. Aqua

Filter: Toms Rapid Mini Canister (switching to Eheim as soon as I can)

Lighting: Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 (Most likely will need to hang this on the ceiling since every one has told me the PAR is way too high for such a shallow tank)

Plants:
Alternanthera reineckii mini
Limnophila Aromatica
Rotala spp bonsai
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Utricularia graminifolia
Vesicularia ferriei
Anubias Bonsai

Tank arrived in perfect condition, marine depot really packaged it well:




The Manzanita branches I ordered from blooms and branches:
(P.S If anyone in the New York area are looking for some, I still have a 12-14" one left over that I didn't use)



Also picked up about 10lbs of ruyoh stones to go along with the manzanita.

Hardscape:






And then the fun part, planting!







Waiting for my aquatek regulator to come in the mail, it won't be here till next week so should I do a simple DIY co2 for now till it arrives?
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Is that a green yoga mat (from the wii exercise stuff possibly)? I cut one of those up to use under my 55g and pico tanks, great for keeping water spills/splashes off the tables ^^
Also what the plant in the larger pot behind the tank? Orchid?

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I'd limit the amount of light and wait for the regulator rather than risk starting a hair algae outbreak due to unstable CO2 levels...

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Yes that was a left over yoga mat not sure if it is from the wii though, just found it in the attic and figure I'll put it to use.

And good eye yes, I have an Orchid, Nepenthes and a blooming cereus behind the tank.

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Is that a green yoga mat (from the wii exercise stuff possibly)? I cut one of those up to use under my 55g and pico tanks, great for keeping water spills/splashes off the tables ^^
Also what the plant in the larger pot behind the tank? Orchid?
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I'd limit the amount of light and wait for the regulator rather than risk starting a hair algae outbreak due to unstable CO2 levels...
I am going to lower the light levels and only have it on for 5-6 hours currently on the timer. Do you think that would be okay for now?
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I have this same light and tank, and I'm currently fighting the algae war. I'm currently trying to come up with a way to move the light higher so I can leave it on the 24/7 cycle. I'm also upping my ferts hoping the plants can out compete the algae.
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I have this same light and tank, and I'm currently fighting the algae war. I'm currently trying to come up with a way to move the light higher so I can leave it on the 24/7 cycle. I'm also upping my ferts hoping the plants can out compete the algae.
I think I might just have to hang the light from the ceiling, I really like the 24/7 function and how the tank looks with it.
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One week update:

Regulator is setup and I been dosing Marcos and Micros everyday:
Running into some algae problems but so far so good:



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Great setup, I love the hardscape.

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I too like your hardscape, it's got a nice left to right "flow" to it.

You will fight algae with that much light unless you really push your CO2 and ferts to "outgrow" it with plant mass.

I settled in on a Lifegard Aquatics 36" (R800052) and have been very happy with it for the last 7 months. (Marine Depot has them on sale right now for sub $60 - RB31585). I run it directly over the tank with no traces of algae (low CO2 and low ferts).

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Hey Everyone, sorry that I haven't update a while. Been battling algae issues in my 7 gallon nano. Surprisingly I really don't have much issue with algae in the 12 gallon even with the planted 24/7. I added an extra tetra filter on the other end of the tank so I get better waterflow and ever since the plants has been growing in really nicely. The tank needs some trimming but overall I am really enjoying this tank.



And here is one of its inhabitants, apistogramma trifasciata:



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