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7.5 gallon cube: 7.16.10 Updated pics

Greetings all,

I have been reading a lot on this site for a month or so and was hoping to get some help. I am planning a 7.5 cube for my office. I am going to try MTS and sand for a substrate, some rocks and maybe a piece of driftwood for hardscape. I was really wondering what you would all recommend for a filter. I thought about a a tom's canister, a magnum hot, or an AQ20 (or similar).

I will prob go the HD desk lamp for light. What do you all think?

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The Home Depot desk lamp works great from my personal experience. As far as filtering goes it really depends on your personal preference as far as "visual" appearance goes. Some people dont like the look of a HOB filter while others dont mind. The zoomed 501 canister filter might be a go but not sure if itll be strong enough to fully filter the aquarium. I stand by the red sea nano filters. Though I do use them on a 2.5 gallon. They work wonders. Just an fyi.
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Definitely no Red Sea Nano filter - those are only rated for around 2 gallons.

If you don't mind the look of a HOB, there's nothing better out there than Aquaclears. The plus is that you can integrate the heater and CO2 into it to reduce the number of things in the tank.

As for canisters, I wouldn't get the Tom. The majority of user reviews about it are negative (poor construction quality). The Zoomed 501 is slightly better rated, but it might be a little on the low side in terms of flow rate. You might get away with it if you lightly stock the tank and plant heavily.

My personal recommendation is the Eheim Classic 2211, which I have in my 4 gallon tank. The quality is good and the amount of biological filtration for a filter this size is unbeatable. The problem is that it's very difficult to find. I've only seen it for sale on eBay.


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Ok so the tank is set up, MTS covered in well washed sand. I have some rocks in for hardscape, now I need some plants.

Tank is a 12x12x12 cube, light is the Hampton Bay sunlight lamp. AC20 and a small heater.

I would like some nice foreground and carpet on parts, and then some background plants. I'll have to take some pics to give you all a better idea.

Also, some fish ideas. Maybe a few Oscars......
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Pic as promised.

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Hey! Nice tank!

Definitely go for the Eheim 2211 - I have done the HOB thing and it is really annoying if you don't like your substrate getting kicked up by the output. You can buy the Eheim on Amazon.com for less than $60.

I have the Eheim 2213 on my 12-G and it can clear the water after aquascaping in less than 15 minutes - really a miracle filter, with NO chemical filtration at all!

Your scape is pretty - you could do a pair or Scarlet Badis or even a school of Celestial Pearl Danios or White Cloud Minnows (I like schooling fish) for a cool effect.

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Slope that substrate!

Cubes usually look best with it real high in the back on one side and low on the opposite side in the front.

And if you can use all the same color rock, IMO, it looks better.
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Slope that substrate!

Cubes usually look best with it real high in the back on one side and low on the opposite side in the front.

And if you can use all the same color rock, IMO, it looks better.

I see the point of the slope, but won't that much substrate cause an anaerobic zone?

What plants do you all suggest. I want to do something colorful on the left side, maybe dwarf hairgrass from the middle or so then to the left around the big rock
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If it were me I would get rid of atleast the big rock all together. It just looks out of place and unnatural to me.

Maybe replace it with a nice branchy piece of drift wood going diagonial. Then some taller stem plants behind it and your hair grass every where else.
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If it were me I would get rid of atleast the big rock all together. It just looks out of place and unnatural to me.

Maybe replace it with a nice branchy piece of drift wood going diagonial. Then some taller stem plants behind it and your hair grass every where else.
Hmm I thought it was a focal point kind of rock. Maybe some driftwood would look better. I'll have to see what I can find
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Ok,

I redid the rock work and the substrate. Added some HC, and have some Subwassertang otw.

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Now for fish. I was thinking 3 oto's and a small school of tetras, and rasbora. What do you all think? I will prob add some shrimp at some point also.

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