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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Skinz180189's 10G(40L) Planted Breeder

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Been out and purchased a Superfish Aqua-Qube 40 today. Cost me 55 instead of 70 (they had it listed online at the cheaper price), and I got the driftwood for 2.78. This is purely a tank for dropping the molly and guppy fry from my 60L (15G) into, although I may get an albino bristlenose in there on Algae patrol.

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Spec is as follows;
Superfish Aqua-Qube 40L (10G) Tank with Glass Lid
Cheap Filter (Will replace this with an Eheim Aquaball in the near future)
18W of Light (1.8WPG)
No Heater as of yet (will get one soon)

Substrate - JBL Aquabasis, topped with black gravel

Planting List so far;
Java Moss on the wood
Water Wisteria towards the back
Spiral Vallis down the left hand side - blending into the wisteria at the back

Not sure what to do with the foreground yet, shall have to trail through some plants.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-26-2009, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Oh [email protected]*K. Just smashed the glass lid
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Done some purchasing to ease my lid woes!

Purchased the following;

Black Gravel
3m of Transparent Blue Airline
Tetratec APS50 Air Pump
6" Airstone
Eheim Jager 50W Heater

Just waiting on the JBL Aquabasis and I can start setting the tank up.

LFS is looking into getting another Glass lid, however, I think it may be better making a plastic one. He's also going to get some Otocinclus in for me, as he only has one left. I've also adjusted the lighting unit so it sits under my shelves a bit better.
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It's up and running. Planting has slighty changed.

Have 3 mature amazon swords, 13 mature vallis and some cryptocerne sp. in there. Log still needs moss adding, and am waiting on 4 leaved Marsilea for the foreground.

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Looks like a good start. If you can get your hands on some dwarf hairgrass, I think it would look pretty nice in the foreground

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Looks like a good start. If you can get your hands on some dwarf hairgrass, I think it would look pretty nice in the foreground
Think it will work well with the Marsilea? Eeek can only find it for 30 on ebay delivered from Malaysia!

Had to order an Eheim Aquaball, the cheap filter is far too noisy. Can't sleep with that racket going.
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Water has cleared up a fair bit whilst I've been at work. That is without a water change, just the filter off overnight. Must have given the dust time to settle down.

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Quick shot showing the Marsilea is in (can barely tell yet)
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I see no Marselia

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I see no Marselia
Look harder then. It's the deleafed stems up front.
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Look harder then. It's the deleafed stems up front.
Oh you de-leafed them.

Wait, why?!?!?

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Oh you de-leafed them.

Wait, why?!?!?
Because they had been allowed to grow over 10cm tall and had been grown emmersed. So I trimmed them right back so that it will hopefully carpet better.
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I officially hate Aquabasis. Cleaned pretty much 3/4s of the water out, cleaned everything, then the swords decided to uproot themselves. So my water is now cloudy as hell again, grrrr.

Trimmed the crypt(s) up, 1 of the 3 had completely melted so that's been chucked, the other 2 are very bare, a few leaves between them.
Some of the Marsilea are growing heads, a lot of dead vallis has been chopped out, one sword has been moved to the 60l tank, and the other 2 have had a trim down.

Air stone is annoying me too, it's too big to fit between/behind any plant, so that will be getting replaced tomorrow. I'm supposed to be getting 2 otos either tomorrow or wednesday, but not so sure if I should now the water's so cloudy again.
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It looks like it's in a bad spot for maintenance. Is it difficult getting your hands in the tank with is being under that shelf? Other than that, this thing looks nice. I like the depth of the thing, and I'm interested to see how you do with it.

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I've got a 6" gap between the tank and the bottom of the shelf, but I can drain some water slide it forward if I need more room.
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