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Mr. Aqua 6g Bookshelf CRS tank - Split seam!

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I saw these kits at a LFS a month or two ago, but didn't get one because of the price. I was working on setting up a Petco bookshelf tank I already had yesterday, but decided to just go for it and get the glass one instead. I'll share my "unboxing" in the next post for those curious about the new kits.

Equipment
6 gallon Mr. Aqua Bookshelf/Office tank
[strike]One or[/strike] two planted AC20s (basically just some lucky bamboo and what I'm pretty sure is pothos, might add more later)
Included Hidoli brand led light fixture

Hardscape
Fluval Shrimp Stratum
Manzanita
Yamaya stones

Flora
Peacock moss
Hydrocotyle sp.
Ludwigia sp.
Blyxa japonica
C. wendtii green
Anubias nana

Fauna
CBS and/or CRS
Boraras Maculatus
Ramshorn snails

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While I feel these kits are way overpriced ($160 for this size), I know lots of people own the Petco one and have asked about similar glass tanks so I thought I'd go for it so I could share it on here. I guess at some point they're supposed to release just the tanks for sale, but for now they're only available with the filter and light included. The included packaging calls it an "Office Aquarium," but their website calls it "Mini Bookshelf."























The light actually looks pretty bright. It says it's 9.4 watts and has 4 blue leds, the rest are white. Not sure what color temperature they are. I didn't see that listed anywhere. I included the last picture with the wood in the tank so you could see the light hitting off something other than the reflective glass and my desk. The fixture itself feels... lightweight. Definitely does not feel super durable, but it looks nice. As long as it grows plants I'll be happy since these long, low tanks are difficult to properly light.

The HOB seems fine. Very typical looking media and build quality. Even includes a little prefilter sponge and extension piece for deeper tanks. The only reason I probably won't use it is that I already have two ac20's.
 

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I think I saw this at my lfs for $145. It's nice but you could've bought another 12 g long. lol Can't wait to see it set up!
We already have two 12g longs and I don't think my desk would support the weight. That's why I was going to set up the petco one, but even the 6 gallons makes me nervous. Trust me, I'm always tempted though. They had a couple of them in stock today.
 

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They have different volume models for that tank. I am still debating to get it or not because of the price. I just love long dimension tanks!
Yeah, I actually would have preferred the 4 gallon one I think, but they didn't have it. Just two of these. If you don't have any immediate plants for it I would say hold off. The tank by itself should be a lot cheaper if their other prices are any indication.
 

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Haha! I was thinking the same thing.

Is the tank going to stay on that table?
No, it's not staying on the table. That's my "fish table." I pull it out when I'm working on a tank so I don't have to use the kitchen counter. Very handy. :)

It's actually going on my (messy) desk next to my wabi kusa:






I like the clear HOB filter, I think it looks very nice on a rimless tank. Your driftwood looks amazing too!
Thanks! I'm pretty sure I'm going to use that piece, but I might move it around. It's blocking a lot of light as it is.
 

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Spent the afternoon working on the tank. Here was just the hardscape:



Several hours later:







I had to use a clamp and some fishing line tied to suction cups to hold the wood down. Worked good though. The three little rocks have fissidens tied to them. Hopefully when it grows they'll be some cute little bushes.

Sweet setup! I also like the green walls.
Thank you!
 
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