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Over the Labor Day weekend was at a LFS and ran into local APC club member and this tank was available and she talked me into it.
I would love some help designing it!!

Here are the specks
13x13x19
glass
20w built in in light, probably will need to change this (help)
Substrate have a bag of ADA Amazonian & Eco complete??
Filters-- numerous HOB's, Zoo Med 501. Arrived with an UGF & power-head.
DIY CO2 would help.
Driftwood have a lot of tall nice pieces.
I'm trying to do this tank without spending any unnecessary funds....light is an issue suggestions??

Inhabitants small rasboras and shrimp this is not a CRS tank so a higher ph would be ok.
One more little side note I'm the one with that the Dear Sweet Husband banned from any more indoor tanks......He loves this tank or vessel as we refer to them now. Even willing to build a stand to place it on a bathroom counter. It would look cool it is a retro black & white bathroom. As typing this have no idea where it is going in the house.

Please bring the design on!!!!
Thank You Karen










 

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Lighting options seem rather limited for tanks around 12". There are some fixtures out there. If you are feeling handy though, I think two 27watt lights would work well for your tank. A lot of people use the Hamelton Bay desk lamp from Home Depot. They run around $25 each. You might be able to find a way to install them into your hood. I used one for my 2.5 gal and it is working nicely.
 

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Jason your idea got me to thinking, over on AH Supply they have a single 18W that I could add and keep the 20W that is already in place. Advise appreciated

From AH Supply----
This kit includes one 18 watt 6700K compact bulb. It also includes one Miro 4 reflector 9.75"L x 4"W x 2"H, one solid-state electronic ballast (3.375"L x 2.375"W x 1"H including mounting brackets), one grounding power cord, two steel bulb holders, one 2G11 socket, and hardware for the electrical hookup and for installing the kit in a wood enclosure.
Price: $39.99
 

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This tank could be wicked cool! Do you plan on keeping the lid on it, or are you open to going open lid? If your answer is the latter, then there are some extra light options you could consider. Some of the Coralife lights pack 96 watts in a small 12" (I think) housing. Check the Dr. Foster & Smith website for their lighting options as they have a ton.

Just a suggestion for this tank, consider using vertical looking plants. Stem plants that grow straight up without a lot of horizontal surface area would look really interesting, and they would help to fill the water column. It would enhance the already vertical look to the tank.

You could also consider getting some long/tall pieces of driftwood and attaching plants to that. However you scape it, I'm excited to watch this thread. :)
 

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Been really busy and need to get this tank up...time!!!
I have this piece of nice wood light brownish red colored been in another tank for several years. Covered in Anubius. Might loose most of that and replace with mosses. I placed it in the tank for perspective and just for a little help.
Is this too much for the tank or could we make it work?? Was thinking of tall vals wall behind the wood.

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Wow. Looking at that piece of wood with all the anubias on it, I think this tank would look amazing as a emersed growth anubias terrarium with poison dart or tree frogs in it.

Your tank definitely has the height for vals, so that's a good option.

You know, if you turn the driftwood upside down, it has the effect of a mangrove tree with a base stem and roots going down, instead of branches reaching up toward the top.
 

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Inverting it would be the way to go. I could see adding some small pieces of wood at the bottom enhancing that mangrove effect. Almost a dark bottom looking tank. This is a shrimp and micro rasbora den. High light plants would have trouble at these depths with this small of a footprint. If we go this route my just use the eco complete. No use waisting aquasoil on vals. This will probably house blue pearls & green shrimp. I would love to have a few blue tiger shrimp if I sell some of the green babies then I will spring for some tigers. All of these shrimp should work well in the same water conditions~~ Might add a small covered Koralia to move the water near the bottom. Started keeping a matrix of the shrimp we have to compare what they like and don't.
I saw some pics of a marine sea horse tank....oh so beautiful. Back in the early 70's I had a sea horse tank. They are so neat. Her tank was just beautiful..same tank. It's amazing what you can do with a small tank.
 

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I like your val and driftwood scape idea, I think it would look really cool! I cant wait too see how this turns out!!! Good luck!
 

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Thanks Everyone!!!!!!
Ok let's assume I can get 36W over this tank, I would love a small pop of red. Am I out of my mind in this footprint?? Any suggestions on a touch of color at those depths.
Now if someone will help me find a place in our home to put the tank I'll for one will be thrilled LOL
 

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Looks really good. I agree that you should flip it upside down and see how it looks. I just picture some small schooling fish swimming in and out of those "roots" if you did flip it. Really cool!
 

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This tank is awesome. I have a 20 gallon high and I'm faced with a similar situation. Need tall plants to fill the tank... I plan on following up on your journal. take a look at mine. I too, just started, recently planted.
 

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Rick we need to chat.....my brain is not really engaged today...like it ever is. Have you used this light before and what is the life span of the bulb.
FWIW moved the large piece of wood to an upright position in the Goldfish tank to encourage the Anubius to start growing in that direction. Inverted it really looks nice, my fear was that it would be to dark in this small of a tank but looking at it in the 55 the light filters down quite nicely. All I need now is a place with power in the house and I'm off and running. I started some media cycling in another tank. We have a handy man that does all sorts of thing for us at our business's and home will get him on it, has a HVAC & Electoral license. Handy!!!!
 

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Rick we need to chat.....my brain is not really engaged today...like it ever is. Have you used this light before and what is the life span of the bulb.
FWIW moved the large piece of wood to an upright position in the Goldfish tank to encourage the Anubius to start growing in that direction. Inverted it really looks nice, my fear was that it would be to dark in this small of a tank but looking at it in the 55 the light filters down quite nicely. All I need now is a place with power in the house and I'm off and running. I started some media cycling in another tank. We have a handy man that does all sorts of thing for us at our business's and home will get him on it, has a HVAC & Electoral license. Handy!!!!
Hi Karen,

The 2W Cree LEDs used in the bulb have been used on many planted tanks & reef tanks recently and work well. I really don't know much about the brand of bulb, but this type of bulb is just starting to be used for tank lighting because of ease of use, low heat & high light output. You could literally hang a light cord from the ceiling over the tank and adjust the bulb up or down to the best height over the tank. The bulb has an advertised expected life of 50,000 hours, which works out to be over 11 years at 12 hours per day. I have a 5 watt LED spot light on my 2 gallon tank & I'm very impressed with the nice clean light with a bit of a shimmer affect & of course how well plants are responding.

Here is a link for a PAR30 14W LED Bulb. It might work just fine, but might be kind of low on light for a deep 15 gallon tank.
http://www.besthomeledlighting.com/product/PAR30-120-E27-M-7*2W-W

The PAR38 24W LED Bulb just looks great for a tall narrow tank, especially with it's built in splash guard.
http://www.besthomeledlighting.com/product/PAR38-120-E27-W-12*2W-W

Good luck with what ever type of lighting you choose,
-Rick


***PS - Here is link for a guy that is developing & selling similar bulbs for reef tanks.
http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=192645&view=findpost&p=2443695
 
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