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    Wink 17 gallon low maintainence tank build

    It`s been a while since I kept dwarf SA cichlids , at my local club annual spring auction they were a few pairs triple red Apistogramma cacatuoides, somehow I found myself bidding until I got one of the pairs. It dawned on me that I had no suitable set up for these beauties, so on getting home I QT them in a 10 gallon tank until such time I figured out a home for them , fast forward 2 weeks later , I was in Montreal for their auction & had a chance to visit a new store there - left with a new 17 gallon starfire rimless tank ( ADA knock off of their 60 P)
    I decided to scape this tank as a low maintenance tank to house my apistos & some electric blue rams a fellow hobbyist bred,the tank was set up with a Hydroponic 24 inch T5 HO strip light with a Tek reflector, DIY PVC light stand to give me the ability to raise the fixture to control the light intensity.
    The filtration will be handled by a Zoo Med 501 mini canister filter.
    Heating by a Eheim 100 watt heater
    Substrate - used Fluval plant substrate that I had dried out & stored
    Hardscape - driftwood & a few small pcs of Dragon stone
    Plants - Crypts, Vallisneria , moss,staurogyne repens, annubias, java fern - needle leaf, windolov.( as the tank matures some plants may be taken out & others maybe added.
    Fish - for now a pair of apistos, & a pair of rams, will add some Beckford pencil fish, otto cats.
    The tank has being up a week now & some plants showed some melting - Crypts & Valls.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Charlie Click here to enlarge
    It`s been a while since I kept dwarf SA cichlids , at my local club annual spring auction they were a few pairs triple red Apistogramma cacatuoides, somehow I found myself bidding until I got one of the pairs. It dawned on me that I had no suitable set up for these beauties, so on getting home I QT them in a 10 gallon tank until such time I figured out a home for them , fast forward 2 weeks later , I was in Montreal for their auction & had a chance to visit a new store there - left with a new 17 gallon starfire rimless tank ( ADA knock off of their 60 P)
    I decided to scape this tank as a low maintenance tank to house my apistos & some electric blue rams a fellow hobbyist bred,the tank was set up with a Hydroponic 24 inch T5 HO strip light with a Tek reflector, DIY PVC light stand to give me the ability to raise the fixture to control the light intensity.
    The filtration will be handled by a Zoo Med 501 mini canister filter.
    Heating by a Eheim 100 watt heater
    Substrate - used Fluval plant substrate that I had dried out & stored
    Hardscape - driftwood & a few small pcs of Dragon stone
    Plants - Crypts, Vallisneria , moss,staurogyne repens, annubias, java fern - needle leaf, windolov.( as the tank matures some plants may be taken out & others maybe added.
    Fish - for now a pair of apistos, & a pair of rams, will add some Beckford pencil fish, otto cats.
    The tank has being up a week now & some plants showed some melting - Crypts & Valls.
    Picture to follow
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    Hygrophila pinnatifida & the Heteranthera zosterifolia

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    I also forgot the Hydrocotyle leucocephala, so full plant list for now is:
    Crypts, Vallisneria , moss,staurogyne repens, annubias, java fern - needle leaf, windolov,Hydrocotyle leucocephala,Hygrophila pinnatifida & Heteranthera zosterifolia , as is evident, I like to heavily plant a tank at start up & then eliminate , move etc as the tank matures/Balances.
    The light is suspended 7 inches above the tank.
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    Looks awesome
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dougomac Click here to enlarge
    Looks awesome
    Thanks dougomac, Jart & purralot.
    All feedback welcomed

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    Looking good

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    Amazing tank! The layout makes it look much bigger then 17 gallons, very well done!
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    I added 5 Black neon tetras as dither fish yesterday, my ideal choice is some Beckford pencil fish, but seem to be non existent in our pet stores both locally & surrounding cities.

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    Beautiful tank!!
    108g Planted - Discus, Royal Plec, Featherfin Syndos
    5.5g planted - Assorted shrimp

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    Beautiful aquascape !!!

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    The tank looks incredible! I love it
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    Thank you all for your feedback , it is most welcome.

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    Keep coming back to admire your tank Charlie! It's gorgeous ;-)

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    Nice looking outfit!

    If you dont mind my asking, where did you get the 60P knockoff? I'm looking for something along those lines myself.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sunsanvil Click here to enlarge
    Nice looking outfit!

    If you dont mind my asking, where did you get the 60P knockoff? I'm looking for something along those lines myself.
    Not at all, i got it from Aquasense in Montreal

    http://aquasensew.com/

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by igotaducky Click here to enlarge
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    LOL

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Charlie Click here to enlarge
    Not at all, i got it from Aquasense in Montreal

    http://aquasensew.com/
    According to their website, $3200......$3200 for their 60P clone?!????

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sunsanvil Click here to enlarge
    According to their website, $3200......$3200 for their 60P clone?!????
    That is not accurate, if memory serves me, it`a about the 100.00 mark, perhaps emailing the store would be best.

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