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Decided to document my garage grow out/whatever tank. What started as a simple moss tank, evolved into me saying “eh I have the equipment” and now it’s a co2 enriched tank.

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the hobby so it’s been a nice way to remember stuff ngl.

Specs
  • Tank: ADA Mini L, don’t think they even make this tank anymore haha
  • Light: Chihiros WRGB2 45”, running at around 40% power and colors tuned toward a slightly more blue-ish to allow the greens to really pop.
  • Substrate: Amazonia v1
  • ATO: Tunze ATO
  • Heater: Aquael 100W
  • CO2: GLA CO2 Atomizer with DS Regulator from Harris, custom built from someone here on TPT years ago and recently serviced by @flowerfishs! Thanks!
  • Filter: Dennerle Scaper's Flow, modified with a ball valve, and a surface skimmer add on made by ISTA I had lying around.
Some Challenges:

  • Since my garage gets cold during winter and hot during summer, the tank has an overly powerful heater and a fan that I will see if it is enough to evaporatively cool the tank during the hot months. Guess I will see how that goes haha.

Initial Flora:
  • Monte Carlo
  • Anubias Nana Petite
  • Xmas Moss and another moss, and a dead one but it might be alive?
  • Rotala Green, Rotala Hra
  • Myriophyllum Mattogrossense
  • Bolbitus
  • Ludwigia "Super Red"
  • Cryptocoryne Parva
 

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This tank is designed to look pretty random, the wood is all scrap wood that I had lying around that I just arranged.
 

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Are there fish or shrimp in the tank, are you planning too add any? What size tank?
There are 2 Otos, a bunch of amano shrimp, and some red cherry shrimp rn. I think my water parameters aren't stable enough yet, so the shrimp dont seem very happy.
 

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Wanted to share my RO/DI setup:

Equipment Used:


This is where the RO filter is mounted to in the laundry room as it has good access to water, drain, and the garage.
Automotive lighting Cable Gas Electrical wiring Electricity



This is where the filtered water goes into the reservoir.
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This is the interface where I can either get water directly for making coffee or to pump into the main aquarium which is over 20 feet away. I wanted a submersible pump since I did not want an external one on the ground, and the hose is one of those collapsible ones for space savings, but it takes more head pressure to operate compared to braided vinyl.
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Inside the tank there is a float valve which triggers a pressure valve to stop the RO making process when the water level gets too high. Pump and Heater are at the bottom, union so that maintenance is easier later on if needed.
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Making water is simple as just going to the source water valve and opening it up. I can then go to sleep or whatever since the float valve should trigger and stop the water production automatically, but even if it doesnt, at least its in the garage and not the house.

Then pumping water out is as simple as flipping a switch and then opening valves to either get a little or a lot of water as desired.

Heater is dropped in to keep water warm so water changes don't cause temperature spikes since garage is cold.
 

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I must say, Monte Carlo grows fast af.

Changed the output nozzle to a V shaped thingy.

Oh and I found 20 shrimp in my filter! omg. One amano was trying to climb out when I opened the filter up haha. I was like "where are all the shrimp wtf, are they all just hiding??". Yes, in my ******* filter.

I did my best to shrimp proof my surface skimmer using a loofah haha. I legit spent an entire day trying to build something for the surface skimmer, but each iteration either impacted the performance of the skimming due to reduced flow, or the filter taking in air.

Then I stumbled across a post on UKAPS that suggested using a zip tie and a loofah, and 5 minutes later this was the result. Sigh, o well, things learned. Obviously it doesnt catch smaller shrimp but hopefully shrimplets just chill more in the plants and I minimize the number of shrimp that get sucked into the filter. Skimming is only slightly impacted, which is why I directed my nozzle up now to break the surface of the water to compensate.
 

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Noticed some BBA starting to form on the anubias and some decaying parts of the Monte Carlo. I also noticed a small part of the Monte Carlo melting a bit, so I plopped the pH probe back in and I noticed something changed such that I wasn't getting the same 1 point pH drop.

My guess is that I changed the atomizer to an identical clean one (so I can clean the dirty one) and perhaps it just operates a tad differently. Not sure but I bumped the CO2 up a little so I guess lets see how things go.

Otherwise, good news is I added in my ricefish that I have been quarantining for the last 2 weeks and the female had eggs on her! Never seen that before, I wish I snapped a pic of it.
 

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I've been trying to deal with some BBA thats popping up. Trimming little bits off here and there. I think I've hit near my max of CO2 that I can safely support since I bumped it up a bit and definitely saw my fish going more to the surface of the water.

Im really wishing the rotala in the back to grow a bit faster since the Myriophylum is growing super aggressively. So I trimmed it back some

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