12" Cube

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  1. Bruce

    Bruce Newly Registered

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    Hi all, I'm new to these forums (as advised by Garuf, thanks btw) I've been planning to do a nano planted tank for a while now and have just requested a quote for a 12" cube.
    I just need some help with finalising equipment.

    Substrate:ADA Amazonia Soil (though would like suggestions to something cheaper)
    Lighting: Planning on using a desk lamp with a CFL bulb, probably 25 watts. Ideas?
    Filteration: Azoo Mignon 240
    C02: Totally clueless, would like a fermentation system opposed to a pressurised one.

    Any help and suggestions would be very nice, thanks.

    Pics to follow once I get the tank etc etc
     
  2. George Farmer

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    Hi Bruce and welcome to UKAPS!

    ADA Aqua Soil is a good substrate and not too expensive for a small tank. You need to wait a few weeks for it to finish dumping ammonia etc. before stocking with fish, unless you plants very heavily and stick some carbon/zeolite/Purigen in your filter (tricky for the HOB Azoo).

    There are plenty of other effective substrates out there, some that are used as a base layer and topped with plain sand/gravel.

    Lighting sounds ok.

    Dan Crawford recently showed me a link to 30cm T5 luminaire on ebay. I'll get him to post the link for you. This may be nicer and not too much more cash.

    Yeast-based CO2 is ok but you need to ensure that you keep on top of changing mixtures to ensure a stable CO2. Fluctuating CO2 levels are a huge algae trigger. Pressurized systems can be set up for much less that you may think and are so much less maintenance and less hassle.
     
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  5. Bruce

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    ah, that luminaire is great not too much cash either, ill more than likely get one of those. Is 16 watts considered high light for a nano?

    Which filter do you advise? I looked into sponge but thought it would be a bit of an eyesore.
    I was thinking about using a CO2 units like this:
    http://www.wharfaquatics.co.uk/proddeta ... od=WAQ3501

    any ideas?
    thanks
     
  6. Dan Crawford

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    If it were me then i would be inclined to go for one of these, i've used one before and they are good and quite discrete. Just fill it up every morning.
    http://www.aquatics-warehouse.co.uk/aca ... N_169.html
    18watts over approx 27L is high light and enough to grow even the most demanding carpeting plants.
    Cheers
    Dan
     
  7. Bruce

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    thanks for all the help guys, nice feeling welcome to a new forum.

    any ideas on aquascaping inspiration, i like the idea of creating the look of mountains.
    any suggestions are welcome

    thanks, bruce
     

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