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My 12g Tank! Current Pictures on Page 1!

Here's some shots of my very first attempt at a planted tank! It's an Eclipse 12 (without the rim and the filter). I have a Coralife 28w Aqualight with a 50/50 bulb (didnt realize it was 50/50...I have a 6700k daylight bulb in the mail) and a fluval 105 filter.

The tank currently contains Rotala Walichii, Java Fern, Java Moss, Micro Baby's Tears, and what I believe to be Boraras Brigittae and some other unknown fish that i'd LOVE to get an ID on!

And now for the pictures:

Unknown Fish:






Boaras Brigittae?


And FTS


I also think that I am going to have to move that Rotala that is slightly under the Java Fern because from what I understand...it needs high lighting. Oh...and my Hagan Co2 system is coming midway thru next week...should the Walichii be OK till then?

Thanks for looking!

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do you have any shots of the tank with the changed lights and filters?
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Is that Flourite as a substrate?

To me, the unknown fish looks like Hyphessobrycon amandae (Ember Tetra).

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There is no lighting change since those pictures were taken. The new bulb is in the mail and it should brighten up things a bit. Also the filter that is shown on the front in the FTS is just a filter that a friend and I trade around for the sole purpose of boosting the cycle in new systems. It's a simple AquaClear 20. All it's got in it is a bunch of Bio-Thingies (lol) and it's just teeming with beneficial bacteria.

And yes, the substrate is Flourite Original.

The plans for finishing up the stocking in this tank include finishing my school of Brigittae, adding some Dwarf Cory Cats and maybe more of the Ember Tetras...The fish are so small and my filtration is so far into the range of "overkill" that I think I could keep far more fish this size in my tank than the "inches and gallons" rule allows.

Oh...and THANK YOU for the ID on those tetra! You nailed it!

I also have a Red Wag Platy sitting in a tank alone that I may end up adding...a female, actually. Would she bully/eat the small guys? She's about 2".
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Well I lost one of the Ember Tetras today...it looked as if it's stomach area and gills were bright red...almost as if it was getting nipped at by the others...but the fins and eyes were OK...all of my levels are just fine...I did a 20% water change...

Also, anyone know where I can pick up some more Boraras Brigittae? My LFS stocks them every once in a while (theres a "guy in the area" who breeds them and trades them in...but they wont give me his contact info...)
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I think www.franksaquarium.com stocks them most of the time, and he's got a good online rep...





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Here's quick update on my tank!! These were taken about an hour ago.

Day 4

I added one more Rotala Wallichii in order to fill in the back wall a bit more:


Moved the Java Moss in order to make it look as if the two pieces of driftwood were actually one:


Added an Anubias Nana in order to fill in an empty spot under my Java Fern:


And here is a FTS:


I plan on finding a rock of some kind to attach the Anubias onto. Also, the little white specks in some of the shots are food (Hikari First Bites)

Thanks for looking! Opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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wait, u removed the rim? I've never seen an Eclipse 12 without a rim
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It isnt truly an eclipse 12 anymore, anways...lol...It's simply the tank itself. no rim, no eclipse lighting, no eclipse filter. I like it better like this, too. It looks much sleeker. I am running a fluval 105 and an aqualight on it. I'll take a FTS+surrounding area in a minute.
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hey, do you have any pics of the tank itself without a rim? I have an Eclipse 12, and I would like to see the result of the tank
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Here are the zoomed out pictures.

The blacked out areas are so cluttered at the moment (new tank set ups always get messy...lol) that Im ashamed of them...so here.



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its nice, doesn't the acrylic bow?
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Nah...that acrylic is a good 1/8" thick. I cant even bend it with my hands very far.
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really?everybody told me its too much weight on the acrylic
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It may very well be...but I personally think that the only reason they put the rims on them is to hold up the hood and cover themselves in the case of an "incident"...I mean...sure not having the rim stresses the acrylic a bit more...but 1/8 inch molded acrylic is pretty solid stuff and I would have to bet that if 12 gallons of water really was stressing it that much, the rim would break before the tank itself...lol...

Oh and note in that last set of pictures, there is an Eclipse 5 Hex without a rim beside it

DISCLAIMER: I am in no way advocating the removal of the rim on any acrylic tank. I assume no responsibility for the consequences of such actions.
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