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Old 01-18-2020, 11:04 PM   #1
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Quick build Autumnsky Waterbox 2418 Clear 30G

This is the tank and stand which was won from the CAS auction raffle.

Waterbox 2418 Clear - 30G

https://www.waterboxaquariums.com/freshwater/clear/

24" wide 18" tall and front to back

Unobstructed Clarity
Licensed Starphire Ultra-Clearģ glass provide exceptional depth, detail and clarity to your freshwater aquascaped, hardscaped or fish only aquariums.


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Waterbox utilizes clear German silicone seams on all of our Clear systems. Each aquarium is water tested, hand trimmed and polished for the ultimate canvas to build your dream.


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Every Waterbox model includes a pre-glued self leveling mat that has been attached to the bottom glass panel. This mat provides a stable cushion base for your aquarium to rest on.



Found some lights will post more on that soon. 24" Ecoxotic P-60 x 2


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Just got the water in and scaping not completed


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Old 01-19-2020, 12:58 AM   #2
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Lots of dialog... Pics of the build are the next post!

So my "problem" in winning this tank is that I am in the middle of reducing the number of tanks I am keeping. Now this tank that I had wanted so much was on the back burner as I couldn't rationalize the spending for the low iron glass plus a stand, so scrapped the idea.

The tank sat empty for a long time because I already had a 80G tank which needed to be scaped.

Initially I threw in some substrate, Amazonia which was just sitting around (removed from a shrimp tank I had redone. There were a bunch of plants Corkscrw Val, a few runners, mostly Italian Val, a whole bunch, some Hornwort and dwarf Sag.

Added stones and wood from a tank I had taken down.

The Hornwort melted quite a lot caused tones of mucky plant residue. The Vals melted down and it was very messy in there. It was terrible. I got the lighting worked out and it was better but the moss from the taken down tank got a bunch of algae.

Due to some extenuating circumstances, I wasn't planning on making that tank a shrimp breeding tank in the near future.

Had a hard time deciding how to change around the fish tank plans to work in this tank.

Decided that instead of setting up my 20G long, adding one more tank for my Guppy /Endler mommas and fry, to set them up in there. This is getting a few drops of babies raised up for the adult males to go to the 72G (Some females in the wine glass tank and others rehomed in a few months - in case you wondered)

The Amazonia has lots of iron in it and made an orange rust iron stain all around the place where the substrate met the open water. (why I removed it from the shrimp tank)

Had a mucky mess which had to be emptied and cleaned and reset.

Pics will be next!!!
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Building the beauty

Will add details ( I accidentally deleted this post once after spending a bunch of time on it!) So I will add pics then fill in the words...


After a good cleaning added the shelf liner the plastic kind for lining a kitchen shelving wire rack. I bought it for the 80G build and got 2 18" x 48"

This is a 24" wide tank and cut in half so used the one trimmed half on bottom to keep a bit of buffer for the high clarity glass, the other for now, I added as a background.



Getting the sand and stone ideas in place.



Luckily found an extra mini shelf liner in the bathroom closet shelf!!!



Trimmed for the amazonia tiers!



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Getting filled


Filled but not completed on the scape.
Had to add in the extra wood and rock since the Ottos might get hungry.

Need to replant some more of the plants that escaped during fill, and I have more small, medium and tiny river stones to add in as well.

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Scooted the Amazonia an inch or 2 in from the glass and added the sand in the space between.

Added in the languishing Hornwort, Italian Vals, Corkscrew Val and Dwarf Sag.

More Dwarf sag from the 12G mr. Aqua Guppy / Endler fry tank. The huge ball of Java Fern its a bit more narrow than regular but not the needle Java Fern, so maybe the "narrow"?

Moss balls, 2 large and 1XL.

~8 Flamingo Crypt, looks browner because it was hidden under an inch of Dwarf Water Lettuce and DW. Hoping the tank change / new lighting will help it color back up again. These are in the lower terrace.

There are a couple of Ottos, a slew of baby fish - Endlers and Guppies. Some Mts and Red RG snails, and my little Dwarf Rabbit snail was found in the mess of changing the tanks.
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Had an issue with the locations of the tanks - it looked bad wrong shapes and colors of stand, mix matched colors and shapes. It was not comforting to see, it was unsettling, lol. Had to take out 2/3 water and slide that baby over to a new place in the room.

Looks so much better! So much work again though!
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The water cleared up and will try for a pic tomorrow. Today the tank light stayed out as the connections were not plugged in right :/ and I was gone all day.

The Guppy / Endlers look like they have grown in 2 days with over 2x the space and 2 huge water changes in 3 days!
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The tiers look really neat; canít wait to see the whole thing!
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Thank you. The process is on hold till the end of this week at least. Have company coming, and extra stuff going on this week / weekend! I have a non-cloudy tank pic but the media pouches are hanging out in the front of the tank until I get the bigger filter.

The store I went to didn't carry the Aquaclear 110, just the one size smaller at their store in stock. . So that is why it isn't running right now!

So many little mommas



Basically the same pics but Guppies and Endlers moving around more in one. They always think it is feeding time, and they are always hungry!


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I am iffy on the smoky color background, makes the tank looks dirty :/ But it is very clear water.

edit: not really iffy, more like just don't care for it and need to change it.
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And I thought I was overfiltering with the ac70 on my 29 :P You donít think it will blow them around in there? Theyíre pretty small fish.

I didnít even notice the background, too busy drooling over the pretty. The scape looks gorgeous even before plants have grown in!
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The plants are old ones from the other tanks so it IS nice it doesn't seem bare.

My 72G has a Fluval FX-5 AND a AquaClear 110. I "love" both of those filters actually and the 110 is so very adjustable. If it were a bit much flow, a piece of bulk filter pad stuffed in and slightly over hanging at the overflow and cut shaped like a low arch would help.

Strong flow makes them strong, lol.

Just noticed that Chewy has AC 110 for 67.46 but out of stock
AND the AC 70 is only $43 that is a huge sale price,
and price matching box stores I can get it tomorrow. I feel like the dirty baby fry would be best with the 110 but okay with the 70
hope this link below works for the GPH flow
Which I heard is just tested with out media or maybe it was brand new not muck clogged media like mine always is

Edit: the 70 would probably be better for the shrimp headed for the tank later. (Glad you mentioned the filter - getting me thinking)

AC70 is 300 gph
AC110 is 500 gph
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Added the AC 70 with the already there AC 20 a few weeks back.

Before adding the detail stones in front


Then after




Needing to move one of the DW pieces in the back because I can't get the rooty DW in the ideal position. But that needs to wait until the 80G gets set up when I move a whole bunch of things, plants and DW between the tanks.

In the mean time I have been able to move about 10 young male fry to the 72G since they are bigger and males.

Moves some attracive Guppies and Endlers into the tank to mate with the females, as before the really young males were getting all of them pregnant, before they even looked like males!

Now if it is a half inch long and isn't gravid then it will go to the 72G because that means it is a male. Moved about 16 males over so far.

The females are all pregnant and time will tell if there end up being another hundred or even more than that in babies in ~2 more weeks.

All of the tank moving things around to get the 80G built is going to take another week or so at least, maybe more. There are a couple substrate and media selections I am reading up on still, maybe 1-2 more weeks.
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