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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone using the Ultum UNS 9.1 gallon long?

Iím considering a tank for my office, a second one as I have Spec V there already.

My local store has both the UNS and the Mr Aqua and the even shallower UNS looks nice to me. I can scape and trim while on conference calls and not get wet.

Either way thinking of the Finnex Stingray to go low light and likely the Finnex 360. The credenza is pre drilled for c9 outer wires so I could put a larger canister underneath but I think thatís more than needed. Sometimes I think an aqua clear 20 would work fine and since the display area will never be that sleek I can cover the side pictures or books etc.

Anyway, any input would be appreciated.
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Lots of views but maybe these tanks aren’t popular yet. I ended up buying one with a finnex 360 filter, cobalt neotherm heater and finnex stingray. Used some leftover up Aqua sand and picked up some petrified wood. Still playing with the scape, however it’s looking good in the office so far.
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Man, that is a great looking tank. So many cool dimensions out there now.
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Awesome tank! How do you like it so far? I am building a floating shelf tank and I decided to go with the UNS 9 gallon versus the slightly larger Mr. Aqua 12 gallon, due to weight capacity of the shelf. Let me know how you like the light fixture. That is what I'm researching right now!
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Awesome tank! How do you like it so far? I am building a floating shelf tank and I decided to go with the UNS 9 gallon versus the slightly larger Mr. Aqua 12 gallon, due to weight capacity of the shelf. Let me know how you like the light fixture. That is what I'm researching right now!
I am certainly no expert. The tank is just under 36Ē so Iím mostly happy that the light will sit on it without the plastic legs. Very low profile and the two other finnex lights I have have proven durable and water resistant. The tank is only 8Ē tall so with a few inches of substrate the light is not much above the substrate so any decent light should be fine for a low tech setup.

Tank itself is very eye catching. The 45 degree edges have a nice look.

Cant decide what to put in it. Shrimp for sure. Donít want to repeat from my others but may repeat Pygmy Cories. Considering as many embers as it can handle as well. Or fewer sparkling gourami.
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Updated photo, moved filter media and stuff from other tanks, bought plants here on this forum. Liking it a lot, makes the day go by faster.
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Liking it a lot, makes the day go by faster.
I feel you on that. I have a small tank in my office and whenever I feel like I'm losing focus I watch it for a couple minutes and get back to work. It's like a little mental reset.
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Really love the dimensions, I wish these were available in the UK! The rummynose must look great swimming about in there.

What's the red plant in the back center, just next to the stones? And do you inject co2?
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How is there no algae with that light and no tank depth?
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The red plant is an alternanthera reineckii, two came in the package I purchased and I placed one in my home tank to see how it does in different situations. No CO2. I travel a lot for work so coworkers will have to feed and top of water. None of my 3 tanks have CO2. I have already noticed the red background stem plants are growing in green tips since they came from someone who used CO2.

I added a poor quality iPhone video to show a little of how they swim.

As for the lack of algae, crossing fingers as the tank is still pretty new. I have found 6 hours of light and floaters usually keep algae to a minimum. My home tank I never have much and hardly need to clean the glass. The red root floaters there go from covering 1/4 to 2/3 the tank in a week or two. This new one has red root floaters from home and frogbit together and both are growing well. I wouldn’t mind some biofilm and algae as I moved some cherries into the tank when I swapped the 5 year old office spec V to a dwarf puffer tank. As the tank matures I am thinking 1-2 stiphodons and call it a day.
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