£2.50 tank !

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  1. ScottYalloP

    ScottYalloP Member

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    i was looking for a new tank for my Cherry Shrimp, when a friend of mine told me to take a look at the local dump site,
    so i went and i came home with a Aqua one 380 for just £2.50! :D the only thing was it didnt come with light or filtration :( .
    Here's some pics:
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    its currently in the garden, im testing it to see if its water tight.
    Anybody got any ideas on lighting under £40 ?
    i already have a fluval 2 + filter waiting.
    Thanks for reading any comments welcome.
     
  2. aaronnorth

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    great bargain :thumbup: I would of gone for a HOB personally to get more equipemt out of the tank, but for lighting, go with 1 or 2 arc pods. they are 9 or 11w each depending on the model.
     
  3. skinz180189

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    Bargain. Totally agree on getting Arc Pod lights.
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Nice bargain!

    Arcpod or similar would be good. Maybe an 18w jobby?
     
  5. samc

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    good find!

    its go with 1x 18w one too. there are superfish ones on ebay(or was) i think they were 18w and pretty cheap
     
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    What you need to check is the tubes, at lest the blue one will need replacing, the others depends on kelvin and the colour you prefer! I review regarding the product and seller would be much appreciated too. ;)
     
  9. ScottYalloP

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    Hi just a quick update, moved the tank upstairs and just did a quick scape on it. No plants as of yet probably get them after the light arrives.
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    just waiting for the sand to settle.
    oh ant the tank size is 38 W x 46 H x 25 D cm, it holds 34 l so around about 8 gallons. :)
    what do you guys think?
    Thanks Comments welcome.
     
  10. aaronnorth

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    i would try grouing the stones closer together, rather than spacing them out, you could have an open sand forground then in one corner.
     
  11. ScottYalloP

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    Anybody got any ideas on making the filter shrimp proof so they don't get sucked in?! :?:
     
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    i would put a fine filter media in the areas you dont want them getting.

    Matt
     
  13. Superman

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    When I had tiny shrimp, I cut up a fine fish net and tied it around the intake. It was easy to clean.
    Filter wool will also work.
     
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    Use ladies tights over the intake
     
  15. ScottYalloP

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    I had a change of mind and just swapped one of my HOB filters for the fluval as both are matured.
    iv set the tank up now and moved the shrimp in they seem to like it.
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    I have done a bit of DIY on my old tank light, i just took the switch out of the system.
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    now all that's left is to get the plants, all the plants that are in the tank now are from my other aquariums.
    im not sure if to keep the wood with moss on might do because the shrimp love it.
    Im just waiting on the light now =)
    thanks
    comments welcome
     
  16. ScottYalloP

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    Just another quick update added a few more plants.
    Not sure if to keep them or is there just to many?
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    Thanks
    comments welcome
     
  17. samd0912

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    Im a total newbie but I think the tank looks really nice and at £2.50 Im sure it makes it even nicer!!!
    I think the plants you have should be swapped over - by that I mean the plants on the left to go on the rhs and visa versa to try and give a gradual rise from left to right which would go with where you've placed the rocks. Like I said, total noob so I may be very wrong and I know when I finally start setting up my first planted tank this week, Im sure Ill spend hours moving things around and working out placements for myself!!!
    Where abouts did you get those rocks from? Im using similar sand to you and the only rocks Ive been able to find are grey which won't give the look Im trying to go for!
    Im sure the shrimp are still very happy in there!
     
  18. ScottYalloP

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    thanks i might try that, i got the rocks from Emsworth aquatics
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?oe=utf-8& ... 122&li=lmd
    i dunno if the map will help but its a good little shop if you haven't been there its open 7 days a week.
     
  19. samd0912

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    Ive used Emsworth Aquatics a few times but only ever for food and to replace a couple of tiger barbs which died a few months back :(
    I might have to visit there again to have a decent look - Ive never looked at their rocks or plants but it'll be good for me to know what they have in there.
    Keep us updated with the tank!
     
  20. ScottYalloP

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    it wouldn't say buy plants off them they don't seem to be that good .
    do u know there's maiden head aquatics in Titch field there worth a look.
     

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