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6.6 "Bookshelf" tank

I was at Petco a few days ago and noticed a rather interesting looking tank. It was a 24inch long 6.6 Gallon 'bookshelf' tank. I didn't get it that day but I went home and thought about it and a few days later I now have it set up on the peninsula in the kitchen/dinning room.

I'm far from having it set up as I like it... it seems as though it has a lot of potential... me unraveling that, well, that's a whole 'nother story.

The tank came with a no name filter that I immediately swapped out for an Aquaclear 20. The light it came with is a 15watt which gives it 2.5watts per gallon... Is this enough to support a planted tank. The local fish/pet stores do not seem to sell lighting much better than this At least not in the size bulb I need.

I have a heater and I set up a CO2 system on the tank (This is the system I'm using http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754083 )

So far I have a piece of driftwood in the tank. Some flourite substrate, dwarf sagittaria, cryptocornyne and a very failed attempt to plant some dwarf baby tears ... which, btw, are floating about the top of the tank or getting sucked up into the filter I plan on getting some bacopa, anubias, and maybe anacharis as all of those seem to be fairly easy plants to grow.

Here's a picture of the tank taken the other day



I'll post better pictures when I get around to actually scaping the tank!
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looks nice, if you have any problems with the light there are quite a few 24in fixtures about so i don' think you will have a problem there. just out of curiosity what are the dimensions of the tank

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The tank is bowfront, so the measurements are that exact: Approx. Size: 24-1/2 x 9 x 10.

Here's a link to a site that sells the tank http://www.fish.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=701003

And more pictures, the water is clearing up! I still have more plants to add but it's Sunday and I didn't have time to search before the stores closed...









I would like to attach some anubias to the wood and put some bacopa on the sides and in the back.

Any other low light plants that might help fill it in?
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too bad looks like it is acrylic. I really love glass tank

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How much was it. I see from you link that they sell it for $50. What does Petco charge for it?
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Petco has them for $49.99... Though I hear they'll have them on sale sometimes for $35. I have also heard that some Petco stores will sell their display models for a lot cheaper!
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that is a really cool tank. I like the the title of it too... "bookshelve". Now if it actually fit on a bookshelve and could be supported by one.. that would be even neater.
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There have been some bad reviews about this tank scratching really easily.

I think I'd stay away from bacopa. In low light, it tends to get really ugly and loses its lower leaves.. but maybe you'll have better luck. What's the grass plant that you planted? I'm guessing dwarf sag? You could try some crypts in the corners instead of stems... that way you wont have to worry about trimming frequently in this low tank.

PS - Smart move switching out the filter. Keep us updated!
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Looks nice!
I have one of these tanks and they do scratch easily. I keep it simple with sunset hygrow and some ludwigia. I was never able to get a good scape with the tank tho. Some people can make this tank look like a 55 with the right plants and placement.
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the tank looks great! I like the scape and choice of plants.

but just so you should know, thats a 9.54g tank, not a 6.6. i saw the spec out of the corner of my eye, and i was like "wait... that sounds bigger than my 10g!" so i did the cubic inches to gallons conversion, and yours is 9.54g, or 2204 cubic inches. A standard 10g is 2400 cubic inches.

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yeah i think if you do an iwagumi type set up it will definitely make it look a lot bigger. and you wouldn't have to worry about trimming too many stems. get some dwarf hairgrass or let the HC grow out and it'll look beautiful with the dimensions.

and if its in the kitchen peninsula and you have an iwagumi set up you can look right through it and use it as a divider sort of.

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the tank looks great! I like the scape and choice of plants.

but just so you should know, thats a 9.54g tank, not a 6.6. i saw the spec out of the corner of my eye, and i was like "wait... that sounds bigger than my 10g!" so i did the cubic inches to gallons conversion, and yours is 9.54g, or 2204 cubic inches. A standard 10g is 2400 cubic inches.
The tank is marketed as a 6.6 gallon tank. Maybe the dimensions are wrong?
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The tank is a bowfront so that might be why adding up the dimensions is giving you the wrong numbers!

I replaced the light with a Coralife 10,000K 360* output 18" 15watt lightbulb... not sure if this is better or worse I honestly don't know much about lighting.

Since the last pictures I planted some Anubias nana, Bacopa (not sure if it's moneywort or carolina) and some Ludwigia. I also have/had some Dwarf Sag and Crypts planted.

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Not much of an update. I planted some anacharis in the back.



These are my two Threadfin Rainbows... I've moved them into this tank and will be getting more in the upcoming weeks.

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