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So my tank is arriving on the 27th and I can't help but start a journal already. Having no tank set up yet is torture, so I figure discussing it will help me ease my anxiousness about the tank arriving. I'm getting my tank from Glass Cages. It's a 27 gallon and has very similar dimensions to my old 20L. It measures 36x12x12. I always had a lot of fun working in my 20L so figure the extra length is going to be a good chance to experiment with scapes. (My old tank can be found in my signature if you want to give it a look. )

Lighting

Unfortunately my old 36" light got lost in my move. It was definitely a huge loss for me since I always had such good experiences with that light, plus it would be perfect for my new tank! I honestly have no idea where it went. I'm not sure what kind of light to get now. :icon_cry: Anyone have any suggestions? I guess I'm willing to spend around $130 cause that's about all I can spare right now. Classes are starting up soon and my art supply list seems to be never ending.

Filtration
I am going to use my Rena XP2; I love this filter. And since I am going rimless I decided to go ahead and get some nice glassware. I'm thinking about these lily pipes. Does anyone have any feedback about them?

Stand
As for the stand I'm really not sure. I have a space cleared out for the tank already and It's going to fit exactly. I have thought about making my own stand, but I'm not so sure how well it will turn out. I might just pop into the thrift store down the road and see if they have anything that would work.

CO2
As always I'm sticking with my DIY CO2. I really can suck it up and buy pressurized at the moment, plus I've never had any problems with the mixing.

Substrate
For substrate I'm going with AS. Once you experience it you can never go back. I got spoiled in Houston since it was always local so now I have to suck it up and order it online. I'm getting three 9L bags so it's going to be around $110 shipped :/

Hardscape
I'm thinking about using the wood I had in my old 40BDR, found here. I'll probably have to mess around with it a bit so that it fits. I'm not too sure if I'll add any rocks, but if I do they will line the base of the wood, and will be covered in some sort of moss. Most likely Christmas Moss.



Now the important part. I have a few plants that I've been dreaming about since my last tank.
Here's what I'm thinking so far.

Plant List:
Utricularia graminifolia
Ammania sp. 'bonsai'
Rotala sp. 'mini' type I
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Rotala 'Nanjenshan'
Tonina sp. fluviatilis
Rotala macrandra
Hyptis sp.
Otamogeton gayii
Fissidens


Fauna
I completely forgot to add this.
I have a fish store right next to me that sells nice Cardinals for about $2.00 a piece. My sister who is living with me also wanted to get some Rummy Nose which are also very nice and are the same price as the Cardinals.


Inspiration
I'm pulling a lot of inspiration from the follow tanks:
Koteoloncat's 125 Gallon
Plantbrain's 180 Gallon
Orlando's 120 Gallon
Ugly Genius' Riven
Ugly Genius' Source

All of these tanks are amazing, so if you haven't taken the time to read through them I suggest you do.




Well that's about all. Even typing this out has helped me calm down. :)
 

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I didn't know that you had a 40 breeder :eek:
This is going to be a really cool tank. Rimless makes it all the more better :thumbsup:
Glad to have oyu back, Mizu
 

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Thanks hydrophyte. I have big dreams for this tank so I'm really going to take my time with making it happy and healthy :)

clwatkins10, you probably never knew because I never updated it. I didn't really like it to begin with so it was tedious to work with it.
 

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I'm going to be ordering a 36" 4 bulb fixture from catalina, which of course will be overkill for even a 40 gallon tank. Maybe a 1 or 2 bulb 39W T5HO fixture would work for you considering how shallow this tank is, if you were to go with T5HO.
This fixture would work good http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/pro...=1416&osCsid=5e717160199644ab5228eb4ee08e5b42 even though it isn't the new streamlined looking fixture, it's in your budget and should be plenty of light for you. You could use one bulb with a midday burst if you wanted. It all depends on how bright it really is.
 

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Mizu, you managed to pick like 5 of my favorite tanks as your inspiration. I'm looking forward to seeing this come together!
Then I guess we both just have really good taste. :D


Thanks everyone. You guys knew I had to come back. I don't even know how I lasted so long without TPT. But everyone goes through that phase of wanting to quit. Now I'm read to bust my butt again with a new planted tank. :hihi:

That Catalina site is great! And I never even knew about it... :icon_roll

How about this light? 96W seems about right. Right?
It's right in my price range too. How much does shipping usually cost?
 

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I'm going to be ordering a 36" 4 bulb fixture from catalina, which of course will be overkill for even a 40 gallon tank. Maybe a 1 or 2 bulb 39W T5HO fixture would work for you considering how shallow this tank is, if you were to go with T5HO.
This fixture would work good http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/pro...=1416&osCsid=5e717160199644ab5228eb4ee08e5b42 even though it isn't the new streamlined looking fixture, it's in your budget and should be plenty of light for you. You could use one bulb with a midday burst if you wanted. It all depends on how bright it really is.
Ah, I didn't even see the link. Yeah this one looks better.
Since it comes with one 10000K and one Blue Actinic would I request for a 6,500K bulb instead of the blue?
 

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Digsy, I was just going though your 58g journal and you have just helped me add a new plant to my list :)
Hyptis sp. looks amazing, and so does your tank.
 

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So shall I got with one 10000k and one 6500k, or both 6500k?
I'm pretty sure my old light had both 10000k but I can't really remember...
 

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So shall I got with one 10000k and one 6500k, or both 6500k?
I'm pretty sure my old light had both 10000k but I can't really remember...
I will be going with 3 6500k and 1 10,000k bulb on my fixture, but that's obviously not an option for you. Just go with a mix, then you can see which one you like best.
 

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I think I'm going to go with the one 10000k and the other 6500k. If I really don't like the look of it I'll order some other bulbs.


(1000 post. Woohoo.)
 

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I can't believe you've been without a tank for all this time! Do you at least have a jar with a plant in it? On a window sill? Home to some endlers? That was my dorm fix when I couldn't afford all this fancy shmancy gear.

I can't wait to see what you make of this new tank! Let me know if you need some trimmings, I might just have some of what you need to get the ball rolling.
 
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