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setup for new tank and location


This is a heavy duty cabinet with plenty of space under it for storage of all aquatics

that I will need to have on hand and will be easy to get to.

Back has waterproof electrical strips all along the back. That is the led light sitting

on the top there. It is 48" Long by 16" wide and is 24" tall.

There is two shelves above it for air pumps and accessories, and lines with holes drilled

for lines to go straight down and behind the lighthouse photo strip.

The tank is 48" long, and 8" wide X 8" tall with a 10" middle area where there will be no

shrimp or animals. It will house the HOB, UV sterilizer, Air, water polisher, pump, moving

water filter, heater, peat pellets, borneo balls, and other media. It will also have the etched

glass logo in the middle of the tank facing the front.

There are two dividers on both sides of the middle section for shrimp. I have three other

10 gallon tanks that have all been cycled, and I have stocked them with plants, xmas moss,

Malaysia drift wood, alder cones, and other things, so that the new tank will cycle fast.

I will only allow one otto with each section, and no other fish, only shrimp.

It will house the BioWheel 200 HOB in the middle section, and one Biowheel 100 on

each end.

H4N is making the xmas moss sheets for me. Each section will have a back wall of

xmas moss, and half the floor with xmas moss. There will only be one plant in each

section, the rest will only be xmas moss, and the only moss in the tank will be xmas


Each section, will have it's own individual lid, so I can easily get into any section, although

I may have to suspend the led light, or I will have to deal with it each time. The light will

be on a timer. Sponge filters in each section, air stone, shrimp cave, alder cones, Malaysia drift wood,

fallen oak leaf, and Indian Almond Leaf.

Substrate will be bottom layer of Fluval Shrimp Stratum, and top layer of black moon sand,

so they can dig some and play. I like the ideal of the floating moss balls, and may have

to get four of them.

I am trying to use only Malaysian Trumpet snails in the tank, and no other kinds of snails.

There is a window above it, but I blocked it with thick, insulated curtain, a blind, and then

a hunter green curtains on top of that, so no sun will be getting in. The area should be

consistent in temp, all year, as I have AC in the room in the summer.

I have photo daylights and white umbrellas on both sides, so that I will have good lighting

to take photos and videos, and a three drawer cabinet next to it that is on wheels to bring

water back and forth easily, and everything I need stocked underneath the cabinet to be

ready for anything. Plus the backups of the three ten gallon tanks, in case of any emergency.

One 10 gallon will house shrimp, one will have tetras and ottos to keep it cycled and useable,

and one will be a planted tank for growing xmas moss the one plant that I like.

so, this is start of my journal with my new tank that arrived tomorrow, May 5th, 2014, and I

will update, and take photos and videos along the way.

Any help, comments, and your thoughts are appreciated, as I am still very new at this, but

I am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, and I am sure will have plenty of trial and

errors to learn, some I am sure the hard way, but will try to avoid those as much as possible. lol

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