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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-01-2016, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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HEDGE MAZE- 10g super long

Hi all! This is my 3rd planted tank, and decided to make something special! The idea is to create a small hedge maze in my tank using acrylic pieces as dividers.

I got this idea from youtube after seeing someone use dividers in their shrimp breeding tank. This allowed them to create zones of different carpeting plants, instead of them all merging together. I thought, I'll give the zones a try, and during planning, the idea of the hedge maze suddenly hit me. How cool would it be to get an underwater hedge maze! As space was very limited, I threw some random ideas around and used excel to plan my teeny tiny maze.



The tank I got was special ordered to fit in the space right under the TV. It is 34" long, 9" deep, 8" high. I found a shop that can cut acrylic pieces to specifications, gave them the dimensions of pieces I needed, and picked it up in 30 mins. I used a total of around 50 pieces of acrylic varying from 1" to 6" long, and 1.5" tall.

I first put down a layer of ADA powersand special S, then a thin layer of soil. The idea is that this will allow me to push the acrylic pieces into the soil without it falling over. This part was super difficult, especially the smaller corners that use 3 1" pieces. As I pushed 1 in, the soil gets displaced and messes up the position of the others. After a long time, finally got it to the design I planned. It's a little crooked, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.



I planted dwarf hairgrass to be the hedge, hopefully it will spread out around it's area within a few months.



I've also popped a tree in that has been tied with moss, and also planted some glosso in another zone. The smallest zone will be left empty, perhaps I will put some other short plants there eventually. Right now that area will hold a rock from another aquarium to help cycle faster.



This is how it looks now!

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Cool idea! The tree looks awesome too, very realistic!
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awesome idea! love the creativity.
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Clever !

But I picture you keeping shrimp in there, and them laughing at you when they crawl over the wall to get to the end of the maze.
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Haha, cool idea! And smart putting the dividers in there.
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Lol thanks guys, I wonder why no one has done something like this before! I'll see if I can do an update once a month or something to see how the carpet spreads and if the "hedge" eventually works or not.

The shrimps do laugh at me, but as long as it looks pretty right?

I did a 2 tiny pleco and 20 shrimp cycling from day 1, and as of day 4, nitrite is currently 0, with a spike to 2ppm on day 2. I managed this fast cycle by planning ahead! I bought the canister filter 3 weeks ago, and set it up in an existing 20g (that already had a filter). After running it for 3 weeks, when the new tank came, just transfer, and voila, super fast cycle.
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Very interesting! Please keep this updated, I am really interested in how this matures
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Nice work! Looks really neat, and I can't wait to see the dwarf hairgrass fill in!
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I need more time in my life to come up with cool ideas like this! That is awesome! Looking forward to seeing it fill in. Great job!
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Just a little worried about how well the carpet will spread, especially since i'm new to aquariums and am keeping things simple (haven't got the guts to try CO2 yet).

Has anyone done CO2 in a super shallow tank before? Any suggestions on the best way for diffusion? The tank has only got 6 inches of water, and worried that CO2 wouldn't be very effective as it gets minimal time in the water column.
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Oh wow! Super cool idea and perfectly executed too. Can't wait to see it progress.

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Just a little worried about how well the carpet will spread, especially since i'm new to aquariums and am keeping things simple (haven't got the guts to try CO2 yet).

Has anyone done CO2 in a super shallow tank before? Any suggestions on the best way for diffusion? The tank has only got 6 inches of water, and worried that CO2 wouldn't be very effective as it gets minimal time in the water column.
Looks like you have a canister filter, so you could do an inline diffuser (either purchased or DIY). Then the important part will be flow. If you can, maybe orient the spray-bar so it blows across the tank instead of on one side? That might help if you do an inline or even if you just put the diffuser down as low as you can (even if you partially bury it in the substrate) right underneath the strongest flow to blow it across. It shouldn't be a big problem if you wanted to dabble in CO2. Just be sure you get it dialed in before you put shrimp in, they're easy to gas (believe me I've done it)...

I've run CO2 in the 12G long tanks with success using an inline diffuser. And also successfully kept shrimp in the same tank, so it can be done in shallow tanks.

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How is this coming along?
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