Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
Spring Break: Some party, some of us rehab old biocubes.
So I got a 12 gallon biocube dropped on me (Not literally, I doubt I'd be typing if that happened - thick as my skull is and hard to hit anything in there anyway...) that was left full of water, gravel and plants for 3 years.
Is there any chance of rehabbing this into a betta or shrimp tank? Suggestions on replacement light bulbs would rule.
Step 1: Remove existing water, gravel and clown puke plants.
Step 2: Vinegar and/or bleach soak.
Step 2.5: Purchase replacement bioballs and filter media. Make sure powerheads aren't going to blow too hard. Replace lightbulbs.
Step 3: SCRAPE LIKE WHOA.
Step 4: Use some of the ecocomplete no one wanted and cap it with a CRS/CBS friendly substrate (Suggestions welcome!).
Step 5: After cleaning, substrate awesomeness and filter, etc., commence scaping. Would a protein skimmer be wise for a shrimp, betta or apisto? So far my ideas are: Betta+Couple of small cories, Shrimp+Otos or an Apisto (MOHAWK FISH! I'd name him Dio or something. He would be awesome.)
Step 6: PLANTIZZLES. I'm thinking mosses and low tech.
This would probably take a week or two, but is it even worth attempting?