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Yay!! Finally Set Up Office Aquarium

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by bitseriously, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

    Pics below.

    Start date: ±3-4 weeks ago.
    Tank: 25gallon (29" x 12" footprint, 16" high)
    Substrate: Pool filter sand
    Fake plants, but real driftwood (forest origin), and landscaper-sourced rocks
    Livestock:
    - 6 pentazona barb
    - 4 male guppy
    - 1 SAE
    - 3 orange ramshorn
    - 1 nerite
    - 1 rabbit snail (but see pics below :D)
    - 5+ cherry shrimp (added 12, some may still be hiding)

    The tank came from the boss's garage (also an aquarium person).
    The stand came from a kijiji buy (I still have the 36 x 12" tank, heater, filter, and more at home :)).
    Filter is a new Tidal 55. Love it.
    No lights or canopy/cover (office lights are doing a great job of lighting up the fish, and cast amazing shadows under the driftwood, we even get that LED shimmer, all from the ceiling lights).

    The office has terrible reflections, so pics have been difficult. I have to take them from above the height of the tank, so the reflection is more from the dark(ish) floor than the glass and bright lobby behind. In truth, the tank looks way better IRL than it does in the pics. But everyone here is so happy with it, including me. :)
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    Some of the oddly placed rocks are holding the wood down (still wants to float).
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    Looking through from one side. I kinda regret the red plants, but others here love them. :)IMG_5129.JPG

    IMG_5130.JPG I'm quite pleased with these driftwoods, they took forever (months of dog walking) to find and prep. The one below looks like a tree, with roots going into the sand. The fish love swimming through here.
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    We've had fun stocking collectively, with a few trips to the fish store, and folks being able to buy various fish, as their contribution. One of my coworkers fell in love with (and paid for) a $10 rabbit snail (I've always wanted one, but all my tanks at home are planted). We only got it 10 days ago, and already, look what I found when moving stuff around to do a vac/water change this am. It's like 7mm. We're all so proud!! :p
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  2. New fishesValued MemberMember

    Looks great! I wish I could have one at work. Any idea on the brand? Looking for something of similar dimensions and having a hard time.
     
  3. ValerieAdamsFishlore VIPMember

    That looks great! I love love love the baby rabbit snail. I'm certainly jealous, wish I could have an office tank!
     
  4. bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

    The tank is an older Hagen, been stored for quite a few years. The bottom silicone seals are clear, the sides are black, but extremely well done and very tight. There's actually a break/crack in the rim, and parts of the rim are also heat warped (was used for reptiles in the past), but I leak tested it for about a week before livestock with no issues.The top dimensions are totally incompatible with any hood or canopy available today, which, along with the warping of the rim, is a big part of the reason there's no lid or hood.
    If we hadn't found this old tank, I'd have gone with a 20L. Same footprint, but we have an extra 4" of height.
     
  5. bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks all, for the likes!!

    I excitedly told everyone about the rabbit baby this am during our friday breakfast, and shared how different they are from other snails that lay egg masses, and we've had a progression of curious visitors all day. The guy who bought the adult snail is so proud :)
     
  6. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    It looks great, the plants add color!
     
  7. New fishesValued MemberMember

    Yeah I need something under 17 in tall and no more than 29 wide so it sounded perfect.
     
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