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post #1 of 8 Old 07-30-2017, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Preparing to set up 3 new Mr. Aqua rimless tanks!

Hi! Or hi again, I should say. I was active on this board 4 or 5 years ago with my 29- and 55-gallon freshwater planted tanks and a 12-gallon long still in the box. We moved, and I sold the two big tanks and packed the 12 long into the attic. As things always go, when I decided to set up the 12-gallon tank, I kept thinking of all the things I would do if only that tank were deeper or had more room...so Tuesday I will pick up a 32-gallon Mr. Aqua rimless tank AND a new 17-gallon rectangular Mr. Aqua tank that my fish store ordered for me. I was very happy they had a vendor from whom they could get those. When I took my break from the hobby, it was easy to find those tanks, but now it seems harder.

I have forgotten a lot, and I want to take my time setting these up so I don't waste money, so I will be asking a lot of questions and opinions. This board was very helpful to me in the past, and I suspect it will be helpful again!

PS: The tanks in my signature are the ones I sold.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-05-2017, 05:50 AM
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I've always wanted a 12g long, they are really amazing to scape and can look amazing with just the right touch!
Looking forward to seeing your new tanks set up, have you decided on what your stocking with?

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I have always heard that the vacation begins the moment you start planning it, and I think that may be true of the fun of setting up an aquarium too. I am having a lot of fun researching and re-learning everything, but no I have not decided yet. Thanks for asking! I will say the hobby has come a long ways since I left, of maybe I am just seeing new planted tanks. When I left, I thought it was just plant a java fern here and an anubias there, but the things they set up now...wow!

There are also a lot more rimless tanks now than I remember. It is comforting to me in a way. There is a big clearance on Mr. Aqua tanks right now, and it helps me resist buying them!
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-15-2017, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I've always wanted a 12g long, they are really amazing to scape and can look amazing with just the right touch!
Looking forward to seeing your new tanks set up, have you decided on what your stocking with?
AussieJJ, you are always so nice to participants on here, showing interest in what is going on. I am going to take advantage of that and tell you that I have decided how to stock my tank. Some chili rasboras and pygmy corys will be out of quarantine and ready for me to pick up from my LFS Friday, and I will be adding them to the emerald dwarf rasboras and celestial pearl danios that I added about 10 days ago. I also have 3 lemon tetras in there, but I am going to move them to the bigger tank I am setting up, and keep only the very tiny fishies in this 12g long.

Also, my husband went to Lowe's Hardware and picked up a perfectly-sized expandable screen for literally $5. So I won't lose any kamikaze jumping fish! :)

I will put up some pics soon...they're so pretty!
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-15-2017, 07:34 PM
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haha, thanks! When you have an interest in fish, its hard to to show an interest in other tanks. A nice 'micro' tank is the way to go, especially if planted and filled with some nice red cherry shrimp and/or crystal shrimp.

Chili's are so cute, and if they anything like their cousin (b. maculatus, which I have) they are filled with so much personality! Good luck though with the new additions!

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-15-2017, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I will need the luck because my green thumb which keeps my flowerbeds blooming doesn't seem to follow me to my aquariums!

I only have Java moss right now, but I am adding more plants as soon as I choose a light. But it just now clicked with me that the Fluorite porous clay substrate that I have may not be friendly to my Corydoras Pygmaeus' little tummies. Hmmmmmmm, I better give that some thought.
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The cories will appreciate sand, but as long as the gravel isn't sharp they should do fine IMO. Just make sure its clean - aka: gravel vac during water changes - and they should be fine. However, the switch to sand is the best thing i ever done, as for me its so easy to maintain.

Suitable plants that do as well as java moss would be:
- bolbitis
- java fern varieties
- anubias varieties
- crypts
- floating plants

Just ot mention a few to look in to.

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