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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 04-25-2014, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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1 month update

Pretty boring update as the vase is doing well. The biggest change was my brother-in-law (yep, right) dumped 3 fancy guppies and 5 Neon Tetras on me with little notice. I had no place for them, so, this is where they went about 2 weeks ago.

On the other front, this is my first ever 100% inert substrate set-up: nothing but sand and black lava rock. I did add 1 O+ right in the center. I am curious how the plants will do with barren substrate. So far, so good.

Another semi-revelation is that keeping poop, black dust, and other unspeakables off light color sand is proving to be a real PITA. The only good news here is that the sand area is not the large and I can just top-off / replace the sand rather quickly when it really starts to annoy me.

This cyclinder is running with HOB and gets ~50% WC every couple of weeks. The moment I can re-home the extra fish, I plan on ditching the HOB and decrease the number of WC to once every month+. Otherwise, pretty low maintenance with no visible algae to date: I have not even cleaned the glass once yet.










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1. This is terrific! Maybe your best bowl/smaller container yet. The lava rock with contrasting sand is spectacular.

2. YES to the guppies! Yes yes yes. They look perfect. I tend to loathe guppies but they look so cool in this setup. Hopefully not enough to cause me to set up another tank, though.

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I love this jar, so jealous of it.

You've done a beautiful job on it, I'll be keeping my eyes open on infrequent trips out of the house for one close to this.


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Where did you find that cylinder? price range?
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beautiful jar. what is the tiny HOB you have??

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These are both fantastic!

What is the red plant you have in the cylinder?
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In a long time I have seen a successful nano attempt. This looks gorgeous.

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Did you order that black lava stones online? It almost looks like Orchid substrate.


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Boring update my a$$. Vase is looking awesome. Some RCS walking around the white sand would look awesome.
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Thank you people.
I updated the OP with some answers to some questions.
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I love this vase. I was looking at something similar through Amazon. I posted about it earlier in the week and got feedback that the tank I was looking at had bubbles and imperfections. I don't see too many bubbles in the pictures you took. How is your vase in real life. Are the imperfections in the glass annoying to you?

I originally wanted a rectangular shaped cube from the seller I was considering. Now that I see your cylinder, I am changing my mind!
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I really really like that vase. There is something special when it comes to cylinders. My wife said that it is a more natural shape then a rectangle. The fish seem to agree: they keep swimming around the perimeter: no walls to bump into.

The glass quality is bad, pretty bad. But looking at the end-result from a step away just makes the quality of the container a non-issue. I was not happy when the vase arrived, but it was the only one I could find in the shape and size I wanted. The clarity is good, the 'distortion' is uniform, so, I can live with some bubbles and smudges.

This vase had no stickers. All vases of much superior quality that I have or have seen were made in Poland. Just check out the Crate and Barrel web site. If you can catch their stuff on sale, they are well worth the price, imho.

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I love this simple tank/ idea. Very innovative and inspiring. Well done sir!
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Really cool.....
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