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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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AI Starfire 9.5gal Nano

Hey all!,

Just wanted to share my new tank with everyone.

Aqua Inspiration 9.5gal tank made with Starfire glass (super clear with a nice light blue tint). This is just as good as ADA IMO.

Substrate is ADA Aqua soil - Amazonia

Plants are HC, Java fern, Red Lotus, some Hairgrass, Hydrocotyle Leucocephala, and I believe Weeping moss. (first 3 plants from my now retired Ebi)

30+ RCS, 5 CRS, 3 Yellows, 1 Furcata Rainbow all transfered from my Ebi.


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Still a little cloudy, put some purigen in my canister (keeps getting clearer ever hour)


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Anyone that lives in the GTA of Ontario do yourself a favour and check this place out http://www.aquainspiration.com/default.asp, you will not be dissapointed. Their tanks are spectacular and they sell Aquasoil! ... i mean where else can u get Aquasoil in the GTA lol. There next shipment is in 20 days or so they said, they just moved so there stock is a bit low but still top stuff that u cant find at any LFS.

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nice starphire tank...how much did it cost???

...and also, your RCS and yellow will interbreed and might produce an unsightly brown looking shrimp
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twas $69.99 good sir, and yup they sure do i just cull the dull/unsightly ones.

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Not a bad price. Wish someone here in the US would get themselves in gear and make some tanks of that quality that did not require me to put a kidney up for sale.

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Not a bad price. Wish someone here in the US would get themselves in gear and make some tanks of that quality that did not require me to put a kidney up for sale.
We do have tanks like that with diff brands and low price tags. I think AFA in SF has their own low-iron tanks for around $50.
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Get a sponge over that filter intake stat if you intend on keeping any little shrimplets :p
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Wow, I LOVE the tank and the driftwood!!! The only thing that jumped out at me was, holy crap he just set up the tank and it is still cloudy and he already has shrimp in there?? Uh oh....
It sounds like you have some experience with shrimp, but I'd be really worried adding them to a tank that hasn't had time to cycle yet. They aren't known for being bulletproof.

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you should black out the back glass imho

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Hey everyone heres an update of the tank at day 11,




tbarabash - The pre-filter has been on there since day 2 , had to fashion one out of a Rena filter pad its working great!

Aphyosemion - Im glad u like the tank, thanks alot! , Ive been keeping cherries and crystals for 3 years now and most have been with me since the start (well this batch of crystals was thinned out due to my girlfriend wanting the majority for her 25 gal im setting up for her in the near future so there in a holding tank until then) when I set it up i used 85% of the cycled water from the previous tank and I havent had one shrimp death. All the crystals are fine (2 are berried) and my cherries and three yellows are doing famously as well.

shiloh - was thinking the same thing, ill definatly give it a go.

I also added 6 Celestial Pearl Danio today, they are looking pretty slim tho they looked like they had been at the LFS for a while i hope they dont croak lol . Ill try and take some pics of them once they settle in.
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Aphyosemion - Im glad u like the tank, thanks alot! , Ive been keeping cherries and crystals for 3 years now and most have been with me since the start (well this batch of crystals was thinned out due to my girlfriend wanting the majority for her 25 gal im setting up for her in the near future so there in a holding tank until then) when I set it up i used 85% of the cycled water from the previous tank and I havent had one shrimp death. All the crystals are fine (2 are berried) and my cherries and three yellows are doing famously as well.
Oh, very nice. Clearly you know what you are doing. :-)
What are those lights you have over the tank? I see you have three of them. How much wattage does that add up to? I am playing with the idea of picking up a rimless nano tank for myself and I like your setup. Also, where did you get such an amazing looking piece of driftwood? Is there a site that sells it?

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Those look like the 13W fluval clip on lights that come with ebi's and floras. You can get em shipped to you for about 29$ from amazon. Surprisingly bright for 13w, the built in reflectors are quite decent. I'm using 2 in my ebi and its an incredible amount of light
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Oh, very nice. Clearly you know what you are doing. :-)
What are those lights you have over the tank? I see you have three of them. How much wattage does that add up to? I am playing with the idea of picking up a rimless nano tank for myself and I like your setup. Also, where did you get such an amazing looking piece of driftwood? Is there a site that sells it?
The driftwood was a hidden gem in a bin at BA's luckily i had an extra piece of slate to drill to the bottom to keep it secure. As for the lights, tbarabash is correct they are the Fluval PCL 13's, all together there is 39 watts over the top. I know that an LFS like Big Als will order them in for you if your interested (or Amazon like tbarabash said) . Just out of curiosity what setup are you going to be running (tank size, make, substrate, Flora, Fauna etc.)

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I love the tank! Looks great. Just as good as an ADA tank.

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I love the tank! Looks great. Just as good as an ADA tank.
Thank you sampster5000!

Thought id post a few new pics of my new danios and my fav cherry :P


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Thanks for looking!

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I really like the look of this tank. Can't wait for the HC to fill in.
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