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Three rocks and some plants (56K W) More Pics

Hello everyone

*Disclaimer : I'm not an aquascaper, just a plant keeper, LOL *

I don't claim this tank to be an Iwagumi scape/layout, I just wanted something to help me with everyday stress at the office

Tank : 40 cms (16") long, 25 cms (10"), high, 35 cms (14")width (10 cms were made for filtration and DIY Co2) 6mm regular glass glued with black silicon

Capacity : 35 liters (9.25 galons), 25 (6.6 gal) for inhabitants, decor and plants, 5 (1.3 gal) for filtration an 5 (1.3 gal) for the DIY setup.

Stand : Office furniture.

Base : Acrylic and polyestirene (sp ?).

Lighting : 2 x 15 watts 6,500 °K GE CF, lamp made of aluminum and glass mirrors, covered by an acrylic drawer.

Filtration : Modular with Hagen sponges and Sera floss. In the last chamber is a Boyu internal filter, this filter serves as a Co2 diffuser as well.

Co2 : DIY

Temperature : Pre-Set 25 watts submersible Sunny heater in the filter's last chamber, Azoo mini thermometer.

Subtrate : Mexican 2-3 mm. Onyx with some osmocote granules.

Decor : 3 black lava rocks.

Flora : Lemna Minor, Najas Guadalupensis, Echinodorus Tenellus and Eleocharis Párvula.

Fauna : 10 Cherry shrimpp, snails. There was an Otocinclus Affinis but it past away during the move to the office. As soon as I can I will take a look to see which fish specie I could introduce without representing danger to my shrimp.

Fertilizers : EI-sh

W/C : 50% Weekly

Before showing you the pics, I would like to mention that the entire seup is DIY (Except the obvious)

Now... tha pics:

Stand :





Sight from my chair :



Do you notice it change a bit ? lol.





Right side:







Left side :





Front:





Snail sneaking Lemna Minor's roots :



Cherries :









For what is worth, I cycled the tank at home wit just a few plants, now they are bigger.

RAOKS:

Rocks : 1Alfredo
Eleocharis Parvula : Wartime, 1Alfredo
Najas Guadalupensis : Fong

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this thread, and any input will be greatly appreciated .

Regards,

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What an awesome setup. Do you have any pics of the inside of the filter?
Very neat idea and very well executed.


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Thanks for the kind words EBB, glad you like my tank.

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I noticed I didn't take one single pic of the filter/DIYCo2, but I will take some and upload them ASAP.

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Very nice three rocks, plants and shrimp!

Considerate of you to mention:
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RAOKS:

Rocks : 1Alfredo
Eleocharis Parvula : Wartime, 1Alfredo
Najas Guadalupensis : Fong
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Very Very nice!!!!!

I don't think I've ever seen another tank from Mexico. How is the hobby down there? Are there a lot of aquarists? How are the local fish stores?

Thanks for sharing!
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Hi NeonShrimp, thanks for your comments.

RAOKS are always welcome, these guys are awesome, I'm always willing to donate plants whenever it's possible as well. Every time someone of my circle of "green" friends is setting up a tank, there's a lot of RAOKS all over the place, lol. In this case I was seeking for the E. P. and the dealer ran out of stock, but my friends were very kind and donated it for this little tank.

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Hi Ed, thanks for your comments.

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See my sig, lol.

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Well, I can say that most of the people like to keep goldfish, guppies, or big fish like piranha, pacu, oscars. Planted tanks are not very popular, fortunately in recent times some dealers are importing great stuff like Tropica and Lucanas (from Spain) and we can buy many plant species. I could say Planted Tanks "culture" is in diapers yet, but we are trying to make it grow, we'll see what happens.

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LFS are in decline, it's a shame, but we have two "fish-marts" where you can find almost anything you need for setting up aquariums or for your pet (dog, cat, hamster, bird) at good prices.

You can´t find good fish quality in some species like discus or apistogrammas, that's one of the reasons I quit keeping discus fish.

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Hi again, eyebeatbadgers asked for some pics of the filter, so here they are :

From left to right: sponges, termometer, floss, internal Boyu filter and heater, DIY Co2


Close up to the filter & heater:



DIY Co2 Bottles :



Bare lamp:







Lemna minor from top :



Acrylic cover :



Thanks for looking.

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Awesome setup, I like the clean look. Thanks for some inspiration for my 2.5g
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Glad you like it TurtleBoy, thanks for your comments.

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one of the best and clean diy tanks i have seen. Bien hecho! what part of Mexico, El D.F. ?

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Hi MARIMOBALL, thanks for the kind words, yes I live in Mexico City (El D.F.) Have you been here ?

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Yes a long time ago. I went in 1986 as a child to see various world cup games in Mexico with my dad, and D.F. was one of my favorite places I got to visit. El Museo was one of the best I have gone to. Keep us updated on your tank.

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Glad you could come to Mexico's '86 Soccer World Cup. Maybe I will wait to the Najas to grow to post an update. A friend of mine suggested to plant some ludwigia arcuata to give it a little red touch, he has some trimmings for me. If I decide to include the LA I will post some pics.

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