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New tank, new journal, new journey!


Sadly a month ago I had to replace my 11 gallon True Aqua I've had for over a year! It developed a crack on the bottom from a hectic move :icon_sad:

Long story short I picked up an aquamaster from my LFS. I really wanted to get rimless curved glass tank from Penn Plaxx, but their a bit pricey for me right now, $100 for the 10g model :confused1:. hopefully I'll find a used one for sale or something :wink:


so lets begin!


I started by draining a 4.5 gallon I had setup as a temporary transfer tank. that tank was actually a nice setup, but I prefer a larger setup for my planted tanks (totally opposite for my reef setups hahaha:tongue:).

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I ordered some more aqua soil, ST International AQUA SOIL Enriched Soil . I've actually never heard of this brand so I wanted to give them a try. I looked up the company S.T. International and they seem to produce the ADA amazonia brand. though I can't confirm this 100%.

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then I crushed some mature shrimp balls and spread them on the bottom so the tank can seed fast and generate some good ol' fashioned biological goodness.

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here it is filled. Still pretty murky.


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Ordered a second light hanger. I need to tweek the hanging mechanism, but for now it works.

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I also ordered an UpAqua inline co2 diffuser. the 12 / 16mm Hose model fits beautifully on my Finexx PX-360.

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this puppy kicks out some mad CO2 without disturbing any flow! Also the distribution is 90% more efficient. Everything started pearling within an hour! here's the happy plants

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Current scape as of today.
re-scape coming soon!

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Bonus Shrimpy pic :flick:

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· Carpe Diem
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Pretty nice from 0 to planted. The left side looks like a lot of work. Is that Hydrocolyte Japan?

Interestingly enough, we are somewhat close neighbors and I have the same filter, same atomizer, and even currently unused rimless curved corners 10g that you just made me want to set up again. Sooo, I am shamelessly stealing your ideas :).

I am also curious to know how that substrate works out for you. Please keep this journal up.

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