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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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JP's Cubus tank (56k warning)

While waiting for my new ADA 90p I got antsy and decided to give a desktop tank a try. I picked up a Marina Cubus and went down to the creek near my house and picked up some wood and stones for it.



hardscaped. The moss came off a tree while I hiked through the woods to the creek.



Picked up a Home Depot architect lamp and 6700k 13w CF bulb.




Stand and equipment but something just seems to be missing....yep just waiting on the tank.


Filled and planted with some plants I already have that Im planning on using in my 90p.



About 2 weeks have passed. I ditched the moss even though it was doing really well because it was in the way doing maintenance. Also added a azoo palm hob. About at 1 week old it was growing 3 types of algae rapidly, which completely melted in 2 days by adding the hob, excel and increasing nitrates.


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My work desk where the nano is setup.

-JP

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Nice, i may have to pick one up some time later. I saw this tank at my LFS, but wasn't too sure about it, might be fine for some RCS
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Thanks. I kind of wish they sold it for cheaper and just ditched the craptastic light on it.

I was thinking about putting some RCS in it but we will see.

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good tank, i have one.
you may want to dry start this scape though...less algae to deal with and it will grow in so much faster




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Tank is awesome.

That computer battlestation is gosh-darn incredible though. I'm drooling over the triple monitor setup...

Please tell me you game on that thing.
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Hah thanks fluid machine. Yea I used to do quite a bit but now a days I do more work than play. The monitors help me out greatly as I do a lot of server work.

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Newman I thought about doing a dry start on this but was concerned that when it was finally flooded the plants would melt because I don't have co2. Curious if anyone else has given it a try?

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i dont think that should be an issue,
check with this guy:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...tank-10-a.html




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Holy cow....that guy did a year dry start!!! No way I could resist flooding for that long. Id make 2 months tops maybe not even a month. Who am I kidding I probably couldnt even make it to the weekend. hah!

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he also uses different plants...and a much larger tank ._.
your tank will take about that long to fill in (month(s))




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nice startup and workstation! I'm assuming the plant behind the middle rock is a crypt, which crypt is it?
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Thanks ren. It is a crypt wendtii bronze i believe. Seems to like its new home and has already put out 2 leaves in 2 weeks.

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A quick update on this cubus.



Flora: HC, DHG and crypt wendtii
Fauna: ramshorn snail or two

Ferts: none
Water changes: none just top off water once a month

Found that the desk lamp was waaaay too much light for this tank and went back to the little LED lamp that came with it and placed it near a window that gets late afternoon light. Its been very slow growing but all the plants appear healthy. It's been extremely low maintenance otherwise it would be gone as I like to spend my time on my 90p and 30c tanks.

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Awesome!!! thanks for the update!!

i love that with just 3 species of plants you have a super pleasing composition! i definitely want a carpet on mine, too...hmm now i'm not sure which plants to use. why haven't you added any shrimp?
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Also not running any filter on this. Had the Redsea nanofilter for about a month before I decided it just vibrates too much.

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