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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-05-2010, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Grand Valley, The Comeback

It's been so long since I've had a planted tank, well, at least for the last 2 years. Yesterday night cruising through the forum, I grew a little itch. As the night got darker, the itch kept getting worst! It wouldn't go away all night until i fell asleep.

This morning i woke up, still had the itch, but it wasn't nearly as bad. Until I decided it was a good idea to check this forum out again. well, again, the itch started getting pretty worst and i couldn't get it off my mind all day. 23 I could do is put together an idea for another mini tank but most important is, I can not buy anything.

After looking through all my aquatic equipments I decided it was best to put together a pico tank, less space, less electricity, and less money. I started looking for equipments around 7:30pm and the end product was finished at around 10:30pm. So enough will my blabbering and onward with the pictures and details.

Volume: around a liter, i think
Subtract: ADA aquasoil Amozonia II
Fuana: HC
Light: PC 23W
Filter: Peace of felt to catch debris, for now. To be modified later.
Misc: Co2 2-3 bps from 5lbs and Milwaukee regulator


testing/fraging table


made way for the big tank.


testing out the area


Final Scape


top down


2 yrs old Emersed HC prep for planting


Top down wet


planted and filled with water


Lights on


POV shot


close up/co2 added


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P.s post was delayed due to photobucket screwing up last night. No changes this morning except the water clearer and equipments are replace back on the table.
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This is going to be a very interesting thread. I know it! Anyways, so far it looks great, especially the rocks. hopefully the HC will adjust to submersed life with no problems after 2 years of emersed growth.


What are the dimensions on this tank? I plan on also setting up a pico planted tank.


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Oh I'm just itching to see a little shrimp in there! Shrimpzilla!!! King of The Grand Valley
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not sure what the dimension it is, but i'll grab that later tonight for you. I hope the HC takes off before any algae gets a chance to grow, there is 23w over a tiny tank and all. The good thing is i have co2 pumping into this thing at a decent rate, enough to where i don't think I would feel comfortable placing a live animal in there due to co2 suffocation.

The HC has been pearling like crazy all day too, I'm so stoke having this little green tank next to my reef tank, it's such a nice offset. I will probably have some shrimps (maybe) later on when the HC fills out the whole tank, witch shouldn't take long but you never know.
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Cool, I was wondering if you were planning on shrimps.


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That looks very cool. I love the depth that the rocks create. Looks almost like a Canyon wall.

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.


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I love it! i wish i could find awesome rocks like that!
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Wow that filter looks humongous on that tank, must be cycling your tank +1000 times per hour :P
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dacrax07, knowing me, i wouldn't doubt it at all. I just have to make sure the water condition will he appropriate for live animals. some yellow shrimps would be sweet. Do you know if any new species come out since the sulawesi? BTW here's the tank dimension
20cm x 12.5cm x 10.25cm

BeachBum2012, thanks man. That was the intention for this tiny tank, making it something that it's really not. And of course I couldn't call it the "Grand Canyon", that's why I went with "Grand Valley"

AlexXx, thanks! I found these by luck and got them free, locally! The only bad thing is, I only have about 5lbs total. Wish I had more, then I could put together something like this but at a larger scale. that would be pretty cool/fun.

shoteh, It originally came with a 1 gal tank I got from petco a few years back, terrific filter for small tanks. I'm not sure what the GPH is but i'm sure it's probably cycling the tank somewhere 100 times and hour...I really don't know but heck, it doesn't look that bad.

Well, the update....nothing much has happened since the start up. The tank has cleared up now and I see some rooting happening from the HC. I'm tempted to do a w/c but I'm going to wait it out and see if I can just go by with just topping off. At the first sign of algae, I will do a w/c and treat it with excel. The HC has gotten a darker green hue since the start of the submersed form w/ co2 and highlighting. I was also considering to place a redd-ish/pink-ish/ or even orang-ish plant to the tank but I'm not quite sure I can put in there without throwing off the scale, any ideas from you fellas?


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So after strolling through the plant list on here and APC, I couldn't find anything that won't throw off the scale of the scape.

here's a picture for tonight.
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Nice layout! It always amazes when someone can create that illusion of a grand scene in a pico tank setting. Can't wait to see it after the HC carpets up.

As far as a smaller stem with a little red/orange hue you could look into Rotala 'Goias'. Its a pretty small stem but considering the size of the tank it would probably still throw off the scale. :-/ Thats going to be a hard one.

Is this a custom acrylic?


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I think i would stick to moss type plants, maybe some fisseden or something to keep it in scale maybe check out some of this guys tanks, hes amazing at scaling tiny tanks... its unreal honestly.

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That really looks like tiny trees growing on the side of a mountain. Amazing!

Any info on the tank? Looks like acrylic, where did you get it?

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This is a really, really great tank. Little or not, it's put together so well.
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dang that thing is small. Nice work.
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