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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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not_sponsored's 5g iwagumi cube

Couldn't resist this cube tank I saw at my LFS, and recently taking down my nano SW setup left me with some space...

Filled with 3L of aquasoil amazonia II and some pretty nice rock from aquascapes


Initial planting, trying to keep it simple with just HC and dwarf hairgrass in a Iwagumi inspired scape


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http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/02/...aquariums.html

Some of the HC died off during the transition from emersed growth to submerged but it's hanging on. I have since added some red cherry shrimp (10) and have an otocinclus, pleco and a panda cory family in a holding tank.


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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Equipment I'm using is
2x27W CF 6500
Tom mini canister
5lb co2 - piped directly into my canister input
Dosing excel and ADA green brightly step 1

This is my first attempt at a planted tank so any advice is welcome!
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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 10:06 PM
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It's looking promising, but I would suggest not to put a bunch of Cories and a Pleco into a 5 gal tank. I mean you can, but they will not be happy with the space, and in a small tank like that a high bioload can let things go bad quickly.

When I see Otos zip from one side to the other in my 5 foot tank I seriously wonder if they would be happy to live in a 1 ft cube.


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Yea I have them in a 55, I may just go with some endlers or just the shrimp. The pleco is not gonna be added, he loves to dig so all the plants would get up rooted. So far I just got the shrimp and the oto.
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Started working on the canopy, just going to use glue since the dimensions are pretty tiny.

This is what I mean by the glare... :thmdwn: You can see the one fixture I started to dismantle.


Got my 1/2" framing cut


Gluing


More gluing


More gluing


Gonna keep it simple and leave out the trim, function over form.

Added this back panel to mount the lights-


Weapon of choice


Not the most ideal spray booth, spraying the inside white (for reflectivity) and the outside black.


Wiring up the lights-






Final product, pretty satisfied with it, it looks a little un proportional but I couldn't have made it any smaller or my hand wouldn't be able to fit in to clean up, feed etc.


Front access panel open


Another view of the lighting-
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where did you get those red cherry shrimp from?
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very nice set up


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where did you get those red cherry shrimp from?
From this member in swap and shop


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very nice set up
Thanks!
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Nice setup. Looks like it might be time to trim your HC. Just becareful because the roots aren't fully rooted.
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How do I go about trimming HC? Is there such a thing as a horizontal scissors? Like the blades are at a right angle to the handle.
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nice setup. you can try and check out ADA for scissors, but they are really expensive so your best bet would be at the swap and shop or ebay.
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Since you have a nano, getting regualr scissors in there will be tough. I suggest that you go to Longs or Walmart and pick up a pair of these nail scissors. You can find them for $5-$10 depending on the brand. Theyre nice and sharp and easy to get into your small tank.

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for scissors in my tanks, i was worried about rusting parts like where the screw goes so i use bonsai snippers that have no moving parts, its just on piece of metal, like this:

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^^ those look pretty nice, I may just go with the $5 nail scissors though if I can't find those in this country
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Both work good. Just wipe the scissors down after you use them. They won't rust on you.
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