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30cm Cube journal

Joe Faria

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Hi,
It's been a really long time since my last post here.
Time to show one of my next projects, started last tuesday.

It will be a very low tech set up, with easy maintenance plants, some Excel for carbon dosing and Tropica liquid ferts.
Set up:
Tank: 30x30x30cm DIY
Filtration: Aquaclear 20 HOB
Lighting: 16w t5 (2x8w)
Substrate: river sand
Hardscape: some river pebbles and Red Moor Wood

Flora:Java fern “Narrow leaf”, bolbitis heudeloti, anubias nana, anubias nana “petite” and vesicularia ferriei (weeping moss).

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George Farmer

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Very nice.

I like the pebbles and gravel combination. Maybe some in-between size grains to break up the two distinct sizes resulting in a more natural transition?
 

Joe Faria

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George Farmer said:
Very nice.

I like the pebbles and gravel combination. Maybe some in-between size grains to break up the two distinct sizes resulting in a more natural transition?
Hi George,
Thanks for the sugestion... I'm indeed looking for some pea size gravel for it, but the colour combinations were horrible.
TDI-line said:
Great pics Joe and good choice of plants. :clap:
aaronnorth said:
looking forward to more updates, i love your tanks :thumbup: very natural
Tanks to both replies.
Glad you like the tank. Now it's time to let the tank mature and plants start to grow.
 

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Hi Joe,
nice layout,lik George has said some different grades of gravel would finish it off nicely,

john
 

Joe Faria

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john starkey said:
Hi Joe,
nice layout,lik George has said some different grades of gravel would finish it off nicely,

john

thanks mate,
but I'm already looking for it and, if I can't find any pea gravel size of my taste, I will just pour a bit more sand at top of it.
 

Joe Faria

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Made a small adjustament putting a few more anubias at the base of the root and some sand between pebbles...
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Joe Faria

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The plant it's not buried in the gravel, although it looks like from the pic. I just put the anubia between a few pebbles, then I add the gravel. Today most gravel have filled the gaps, so the roots are visible.
Thanks for your concern.
 

Joe Faria

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Yesterday I added the first member of the clean up crew... Atya Gabonensis or 'Vampire shrimp'.
Although looks scary it's a very peacefull invertebrate.
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WOW ive never seen a vampire shrimp!
Nice scape too. :thumbup:
 

Chmura

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30cm cube is definitely too small for gabonensis. This shrimp is going to have the length of half of your tank dimenisons.
 

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Joe Faria said:
Yesterday I added the first member of the clean up crew... Atya Gabonensis or 'Vampire shrimp'.
Although looks scary it's a very peacefull invertebrate.
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oh my word.

every time someone comes to my house and takes a look at my two shrimp nanos the first thing they say is "can you eat them". with some of those monsters i could possibly answer yes.... :D

Best Regards,
John

p.s i obviously don't condone eating of pets 8)
 

Joe Faria

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Hi,
3 weeks passed since I set up the cube.
Plants are growing slowly but nicely, without any major concerns.
Because I didn't have a specfic clean up crew to clean and remove debris from the plants leaves, I decided to add a small colony of red cherry shrimp.
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The filter shrimp aka vampire shrimp it's very nice sight, since it likes to move pebbles and gravel around to get some cover and hide when it feels threatened.
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This is how the cube looks like after 3 weeks.
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flygja

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It looks like that vampire shrimp has made that corner its home. It appeared in the exact same spot in both Sept 17 and Oct 7 pictures :D
 
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