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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-02-2015, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Quarter gallon No tech Cubes

I set this vase up about a month ago when I had some extra DHG. The vase is from Ikea and it's about .25 gallons. There are a few tiny pink ramshorns and some MTS in there at the moment.

I decided to take a few pictures while I was doing a small water change tonight.
here it is empty:






I'm really surprised by the growth in this tank given that it doesn't have a light fixture and I don't dose any ferts.





I decided to use filter carbon as the substrate because I had it as a temporary substrate a few years back and the HC I had in it seemed to do really well even without ferts or high light. I decided to see if it was the carbon that helped. So far the DHG has grown great and I haven't had a spot of algae! I'm thinking of setting up another 1 or 2 of these, but I'm not sure what plants I want to use--maybe HC. Any suggestions?

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This is a really cool idea, makes me want to do one now! You could try some four leaf clover but they may grow too tall, I've got a 1.5g cube and my clover is probably over a foot tall.

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Nice cube!

That looks so cool with the DHG and wood, amazing how something simple looks really good.
Here's my exact same vase, however, it's just used as a somewhat grow-out spot. I don't know what that stem plant is, unidentified pet store special.

Java moss growing out, also Java Fern.

Happened to have four baby ramshorns hitchhike in, they're maybe an eighth of an inch long. I put a bladder snail in, now there's babies

I mostly just leave it alone, one minor water change in the past month, but plenty of top-ups. It's not pretty but it makes me smile.
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Thanks guys! It's a fun little tank and really easy to maintain. Mostly just top offs. I like the idea of the clover, but I'm worried it would get too tall
I'm thinking of doing one with either HC or UG and some anubias petit as the center piece. I got excited and picked up 3 more vases at Ross today for like $3-4 a piece. So there're lots of opportunities to try things out! Maybe I'll do one with some glosso too

Daisy Mae, I like yours! It's a good idea as a grow out tank. Is that an IKEA light behind it? I think I have the same one haha
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This post made me think of my DHG project.
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Thanks guys! It's a fun little tank and really easy to maintain. Mostly just top offs. I like the idea of the clover, but I'm worried it would get too tall
I'm thinking of doing one with either HC or UG and some anubias petit as the center piece. I got excited and picked up 3 more vases at Ross today for like $3-4 a piece. So there're lots of opportunities to try things out! Maybe I'll do one with some glosso too

Daisy Mae, I like yours! It's a good idea as a grow out tank. Is that an IKEA light behind it? I think I have the same one haha
I just measured my tallest clover and it's 15 inches tall, but I also have done no trimming on that tank ever. I'm sure that if you kept trimming it after a while the plant would learn to not grow so tall.

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Thanks guys! It's a fun little tank and really easy to maintain. Mostly just top offs. I like the idea of the clover, but I'm worried it would get too tall
I'm thinking of doing one with either HC or UG and some anubias petit as the center piece. I got excited and picked up 3 more vases at Ross today for like $3-4 a piece. So there're lots of opportunities to try things out! Maybe I'll do one with some glosso too

Daisy Mae, I like yours! It's a good idea as a grow out tank. Is that an IKEA light behind it? I think I have the same one haha
Yes to anubias petit! Great idea! I was at Winners checking out cylinder vases yesterday, lol. Planning on a fine gravel capped dirted nano. Probably will be using trimmings from whatever I have and no tech. Sun tunnel in the bathroom where it will likely be placed. It's fun doing these little vases.

And yes, it's an Ikea Jansjo LED. They're super handy, I have two clip lamps and two desk lamps. the other desk lamp is being used to light up the girl child's snail tank.

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FishFan, that's a really cool light bulb! I really like that idea.

Supercracker that's a tall clover! Do you think I would be able to get the clover to stay just above the surface of the substrate?

Daisy Mae that sounds like a really cool vase! please share if you set it up.
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Incredible the water stays clear without film on the surface. Beautiful.
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To be honest I have no idea if you would be able to, somebody else who maybe has more experiene with that plant might be able to tell you. The cube I have is my first time growing it and like I said I haven't trimmed it ever.

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So I was at the store today and happened across this little cylinder vase, had to pick it up and steal your idea (sorry, not sorry ). I used dirt capped with blasting sand, DHG and in the back there's a piece of Ludwigia that I accidentally broke while cleaning the other cube.


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So I was at the store today and happened across this little cylinder vase, had to pick it up and steal your idea (sorry, not sorry ). I used dirt capped with blasting sand, DHG and in the back there's a piece of Ludwigia that I accidentally broke while cleaning the other cube.

Perfect! Now it just needs to grow in. These little guys are fun and addictive, great for using those bits and pieces from other tanks.

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Perfect! Now it just needs to grow in. These little guys are fun and addictive, great for using those bits and pieces from other tanks.
I know I can't wait for it to start growing in, the DHG was taken out of my 10g and I'm hoping that it will survive. My fiance keeps telling me no more tanks, well I found a way around that, this isn't a tank it's a flower pot! lol

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this isn't a tank it's a flower pot! lol
I'm gonna use this line!

Sorry, holoublahee, I think that's a bit of a hijack. However, since I'm subd to this thread, I am hoping that you show us your next lovely vase once you do it up. I really want to see that anubias petit centerpiece.

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Yeah, I may have accidentally hijacked this thread, sorry.

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