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OVT's 30g Shallow Cube Riparium --> A Bunch of Fibs and Honest Lies

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The Tank:
rimless, regular glass "shallow cube" by Mr. Aqua @ 24" x 24" x 12"H.

I have been looking for this tank for 6 months: ADA does not make it, GLA is out of stock and is not answering my emails, DB has a black rim on the bottom and black silicone. So, the Mr Aqua's MA-610 turned out to be my only viable choice.

The quality is pretty acceptable, especially for $160:













The above is the worst area I found so far: the back of the left panel is slightly mis-aligned and you can see the silicon work. Hm. I hope it holds water. The side panels's thickness appears to be 5mm, with the bottom significantly thicker.

This tank will replace my 10g that I picked up while looking for this tank.



The tank's location is a bit awkward: it will sit on a 10.5' long x 32" high x 24" wide divider between the Living and Dinning rooms. That divider already houses my 120-P and 60-P tanks:

View from the house entrance:



View from the Dinning room:



You can see the existing 10g on the very left on the picture above. (my wife is a Saint, ... or close).
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Turns out it's been discontinued, which means I now have to have it.
This line cracked me up. It is so true that things that are hard to find or discontinued seem to have some mysterious extra value.

- CO2: Java Fern needs CO2 to stay alive (in this tank of mine). What better way to test a new set-up I got for next to nothing (60g rimless cube) from @aquascape? A super DIY, Mensa-class guy but no tape on the joints? There must be leaks (and I just met the guy).
Yep, No tape. The entire assembly is sealed with anaerobic sealant. Much cleaner look and it creates a cross-linked plasticized bond between the metals. Good stuff.

Description of how anaerobic sealants work
 

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I like how the cubes look from the corner and from the top. With the light sand and thin walls, this one now sparkles. And the plants did grow in already.
Canister filter, heater, and co2 are now hooked in. Debating whether I want to turn it into Pea Puffer species tank for a bit.

I like the lights but the mounting arrangement is a bit awkward - these tanks look much better with suspended / pendant lights. I'm going to try mounting a single AI HD Prime this weekend.
I am assuming that you did not have any regulator leaks. If you do encounter any problems please message me and I will do whatever it takes to make things right.

I love the Salt and Pepper look. I am thinking of something similar for the 60 cube.
 
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