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Old 10-04-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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My 12g Nano Cube FW - It's all grown up now!

I just wanted to give my JBJ Nano Cube 12g it's own thread. This was the tank that was given to me as a gift several years ago and was also "the reason" why I got back in to the hobby since I was a child and why I own 4 tanks now (possibly 5th on the way ). It's funny because when I got this tank, I lived in a tiny apartment so I couldn't have a large tank. So I wanted a small tank with 'big tank' features or 'feel' to it. Being a big time newb, I got the Nano Cube without any consideration that it was meant to be a saltwater tank. I ran the tank with the stock 50/50 actinic lighting, thinking for some odd reason that the 'blue' light was cool, and the overpowered pump was alright for FW. I had the craziest amount of algae, my poor fish fought a current, and my low light plants didn't do so well.

Well, slowly but surely I started to ask questions here on AA and do some research on the web. Being that I was busy with school and work, I had little time to actually devote to this tank. But in small increments, the tank evolved along with my enlightened knowledge of aquaria. First the pump was switched out to something more manageable for FW (w/ flow control... thank God), then the lighting, and finally the substrate.

Changing from fake to live plants was the start.. but more recently, I changed the standard gravel to some Floramax (similar to eco-complete and flourite) substrate.. Also adding in the DIY CO2 and changing the bulbs for optimal 6500K/10000K light spectrum for growing plants.... All I can say is WOW... what a difference! Less algae, amazing plant growth, and just a newly found appreciation for my tank! Take the full plunge my friends.. you won't regret it!

I went from this... the OLD setup..





To this...(note: algae explosion)..



And then TO THIS after a little RESEARCH & LEARNING (in the span of a couple of years...LOL). It's definitely a rewarding hobby!



Thanks for checking out the evolution of my tank!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:38 AM   #2
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Nice tank. I want my tanks to look like that.
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Nice tank. I want my tanks to look like that.
Thanks for the compliment! How do your tanks look now?
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my tank has led lights but no co2 and know foreground carpet.
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What type of moss is that growing on the rocks in the third picture?
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What type of moss is that growing on the rocks in the third picture?
I believe it was a form of Chlorophyta algae (like what's found on Japanese Marimo Moss balls). I didn't introduce it to the tank deliberately. It somehow grew crazy due to the high lights, wrong light spectrum (50/50 actinics), and no co2. I actually found it attractive on certain areas like the rocks, fake driftwood, and the back wall. But it was such a pain to scrape off the glass every week and it covered all my plants...LOL
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I'll take the moss wall off your hands lol


Would love if the back panel got covered in moss like that, makes it look more natural in my book
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Yeah that's a really cool effect.
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@Kevin... I would but it disappeared when I switched out the lighting and added co2. I also think the Zebra Nerite snails had a hand in it's demise.

@Bettaowner... what effect? Thanks though

Here's a close up of my German Blue Ram in my 12g... his name is Spike.


And a video of this tank...
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Beautiful! You're really great at aquascaping. Both your 6g and 12g are absolutely stunning.
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