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I just set this tank up over the past few weeks.

tank specs:
8 gallon Finnex rimless glass tank
24W 7100K CF lighting
AquaClear 20 HOB filter (aka mini)
pressurized nano CO2 regulator/solenoid (Rex Grigg)
Rhinox 1000 glass diffuser
ADA aqua soil amazonia
ADA powersand special
a piece of old blackwood

lighting/dosing schedule:
9 hour photoperiod
pressurized CO2 at ~1 bubble per second synched 1 hour before lights
60% water change 1X/week
1/16 tsp epsom salt 1X/week
1/16 tsp KNO3 3X/week
~1/64 tsp KH2PO4 3X/week
~1/64 tsp K2SO4 3X/week
1 ml Flouish 3X/week (alternate days)

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Foreground plants:
Elatine Triandra

Midground plants attached to driftwood:
java moss

Background plants:
Lagarosiphon madagascariensis
Ludwigia brevipes
Rotala rotundifolia
Egeria densa

Floating plants:
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Fauna:
currently about 10 black lyretail molly fry
16 RCS in the mail!

I currently also have some filler plants until the ones I want for the aquascape fill in. I really like the size of this tank. :D Now for the pics. :bounce:

Hardscape:



Equipment:



Algae:
Only algae so far is a little GDA on the glass and this small clump of stringy/yucky stuff (since been removed):



Full tank shot:
 

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BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I just set up one of these finnex for my gf and yours looks awesome. I might have to pick up another one for myself!
 

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Whoa, cool.
I love that aquarium, where could i get one?
I think that would be perfect for a small RCS factory!
 

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Hi Joe,

Looks GREAT!

What can you tell me about the CO2 setup on this? Doesn't the CO2 degas because of the HOB filter?

Thanks!

Scott
Sanford, Maine
 

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Your pics are great. Joe...the tank looks top notch, and that L madagascariensis is certainly happy there!
 

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Thanks Lynn!

Scott,

I have my glass diffuser near the bottom of the tank, under the HOB outflow, so as the bubbles rise, they get dispersed around the tank. As long as I keep the water level high, the surface agitation isn't very much. I imagine some of the CO2 is lost, but as long as I keep the bubble rate at about 1 bubble/sec, the CO2 levels are good (confirmed 30+ppm w/ drop checker). These 88g cartridges only last about 2 weeks for me, so I'm currently looking for an adapter so I can use the 20oz tanks, which should last around 3 months and are refillable.
 

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You might look into a remote CO2 line like the ones they use for paintball guns. that should provide something you can work with for using the 20oz cylinders.
I have much interest in that small regulator tho. where did you find such a thing? what brand is it? where can I find one like it?

Tank loos great btw.
 

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It's a Leland regulator I got from Rex Grigg. Very similar to the ADA nano regulator. See this thread:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/equipment/39134-interest-nano-co2-setups.html

I got a pin-actuating adapter for a 20oz tank. The other end has female 1/8 NPT threads. So I just need a coupler that fits the threads of the regulator (which I'm not sure of). On a related note: anyone know the size of the threads of the 88g paintball cartridges?
 

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Sweet setup!

I think the left blackwood would have looked better laying more slanted from right to left and the left side being the higher.


Really cool co2 setup! I remember when Rex offered it, I should have gotten one........
 

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Thanks, eklikewhoa. I think I see what you mean about the driftwood. Unfortunately, it's one piece! Check out the first photo in the thread. Any suggestions about repositioning the piece for a better layout? I also have another single straight branch that I could incorporate.

The left branch reminds me of:

 
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