Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
- You can't just plop an HOB on the tank and expect everything to be fine. You'll need a sufficiently-sized canister filter and will likely have to craft a DIY spray bar (which is an easy and cheap thing to do) in order to maintain decent flow and filtration throughout the tank. That's necessary if you don't want ugly powerheads or other equipment inside the tank.
- Can be tough locating a proper stand. You'll need to think creatively about that one.
- The tank can't really be covered without ruining its beauty. So you can't just randomly pick up a bunch of fish that are prone to jumping.
Thanks for your reply. Fortunately, I've been in the hobby for about 20 years, so I have a huge stash of equipment that isn't being used right now since I moved out of my apartment and into student housing when I decided to return to college.
Right now, I have an Eheim 2215 and a Rena XP 3 sitting in storage, So I'm inclined to break out the 2215 for this one. Do you think that will be sufficient for a 12 gal long? I'm fine with DIY for the spraybar also since I have a massive collection of tools and PVC from my former career as an HVAC tech.
I also have a corallife 36" (42 watt) dual aqualight T5NO fixture in storage which should get me to high light on a tank this shallow (I think). In addition, I have an complete CO2 rig also in storage, so I should be okay on that front.
As for the stand, I wanted to have this tank sit across the back of my desk, so no problems there. It's solid oak, so it's more than sturdy enough and since it seems to have belonged to the school for a very long time, it's not in good cosmetic shape so I don't really have to worry about water getting on it.
As far as stocking is concerned, I'm really missing having fish since I only keep RCS and MTS in my 12 gal cube. I was thinking of going kind of traditional with this one with a school of small tetras.