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2.5 gallon rimless cube journal (crystal red shrimp 9/8)

Hey guys, got another tank and am currently setting it up.

Here in santa clara, the city provides a dumping service each spring where people can put out stuff on the street that they would normally have to take to the dump themselves. This provides a great opportunity for dumpster diving!

Anyways, as I was driving down my street, I saw something that caught my eye, it was a small cube tank. It was super dirty, but I didn't see any cracks. No idea why whoever threw it out did, but oh well!

So, I took it home, and after an hour got it cleaned



I noticed that the rim was loose (this is probably why the previous owner threw it out) so I de-rimmed it. and did a leak test, it passed!



I decided to do a wood tank since I got some interesting pieces from an SFBAAPS member and boiled them to get the tannins out and to soften up the bark so I could remove it.



And, here's what I came up with for a scape, I have other pieces of wood but I think these two look the best. I'll try some other poses and post them on here. I don't think I'll be using any rocks since I want to have a completely rockless scape.



I'll probably run this as a low-tech low maintenance tank so CO2 is out of picture, but who knows.

I got a mini canister from fish.com coming (only 13 bucks!) and once that comes in, i'll plant it.

Here's my plans:

Substrate:ADA aquasoil II
Lighting: 14 watt CFL
CO2: none, or excel
Ferts: none
Flora: some kind of moss, or anything else that's easy to keep
fauna: CPDs, or I might just go all shrimp and get some CRS (always wanted these)

Any opinons/ comments/ questions would be greatly appreciated

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I wish I could find tanks on curbs. I can't wait to see the set-up.
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what a great looking tank! that wood fits perfectly!
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Got a link to that filter?
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http://www.fish.com/item/aquatic-edg...l-tank/701011/

it's like a generic zoomed or tom's canister filter.

a few people i know have it and it works fine for them. wouldn't trust the site's recommendation that it be used on a 33 gallon tank though.
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http://www.fish.com/item/aquatic-edg...l-tank/701011/

it's like a generic zoomed or tom's canister filter.

a few people i know have it and it works fine for them. wouldn't trust the site's recommendation that it be used on a 33 gallon tank though.
Thanks

And yes at 46GPH it would not handle over a 5g. IMO
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Any new developments on this tank?
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How will you keep shrimp from climbing out of there?
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Man i am so jealous you found that. goodluck!
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Hey, totally forgot about this journal! thanks for bringing it back up!

ok, so its been well over a month since I started this tank.

I tried to modify the fish.com filter so i can stick the hydor flat heater into it, with disastrous effects, so I scrapped it and bought a tom's mini canister. The flat pack heater is still in there, but it's pretty well hidden by my stems. Lighting is a 15w 6700k CFL

Filled it up with aquasoil 1, and have been waiting for it to cycle. It's planted with various mosses on the wood, some mini christmas tree moss I picked up from AFA on the mesh for the foreground. I originally had glosso but it wasn't growing flat so i took out most of it. I left some in the back as a transition from the moss to the stems, sorta like a mini stem plant

It's weird to me still why the glosso didn't grow flat. I had plenty of light, i was doing EI dosing, and I was even injecting CO2 (I had my 5lb tank split for 2 tanks)

I also have some anubias nana tied to the little crook in between the branches, and some sorta hygro growing in the bottom of the wood. In the back, I have some stems of some sorta plants... i suck at names so yeah. haha

anyways, without further ado, here are some pics


FTS


Another FTS


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Hey, totally forgot about this journal! thanks for bringing it back up!

ok, so its been well over a month since I started this tank.

I tried to modify the fish.com filter so i can stick the hydor flat heater into it, with disastrous effects, so I scrapped it and bought a tom's mini canister. The flat pack heater is still in there, but it's pretty well hidden by my stems. Lighting is a 15w 6700k CFL

Filled it up with aquasoil 1, and have been waiting for it to cycle. It's planted with various mosses on the wood, some mini christmas tree moss I picked up from AFA on the mesh for the foreground. I originally had glosso but it wasn't growing flat so i took out most of it. I left some in the back as a transition from the moss to the stems, sorta like a mini stem plant

It's weird to me still why the glosso didn't grow flat. I had plenty of light, i was doing EI dosing, and I was even injecting CO2 (I had my 5lb tank split for 2 tanks)

I also have some anubias nana tied to the little crook in between the branches, and some sorta hygro growing in the bottom of the wood. In the back, I have some stems of some sorta plants... i suck at names so yeah. haha

anyways, without further ado, here are some pics


FTS


Another FTS


mystery stems



Sweet! Those mystery stems look like sunset hygro


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They look like Ludwigia repens x arcuata to me. Sunset is bright green with white/pink veins. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong picture referring to the mystery stems?


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It looks great. I really like the moss and the wood is the perfect shape/size for the tank.
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yeah that's ludwigia repens for sure, but the other 2, I'm still in the dark about. Oh well.

these pics are actually a little old, I removed the moss mesh from the front and used it for another tank, right now im just growing out some staurogyne sp 049
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