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    Smile "The Jungle Cube"

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    Dear All,

    I had decided to have another high-tech planted tank finally. Ya, this hobby is addictive and I cannot control my itchy hands syndrome.
    Due to limited space (and also budget), I only went for 1ft cubic tank this time. With that small size, it can be easily placed on the studying table without any special support.

    OK, here comes the current tank specifications before I start to load this journal with photos and progress.

    Tank Size: 30cm x 30cm x 30cm (High Clarity / Low Iron Glass: ANS Opti Cube Tank 30C)
    Gross Tank Volume: 27L
    Actual Tank Volume: About 23L
    Substrate: ADA Aquasoil New Amazonia (<3L)
    Filter System: Eheim Classic 150 (2211) + 13mm GUSH inflow / 9mm GUSH out flow Lily Pipe
    Filter Media: Eheim SubstratPro
    Temperature: 27-28C (Day) / 26-27C (Night)
    Cooling System: Top Aqua Cooling Fan
    Lighting: Chihiros A-Series 301, 18W, 54x0.33W LEDs, 8000K colour temperature
    Light Duration: 7 hours (0800hrs- 1200hrs, 1800hrs-2100hrs)
    Pressurized Co2: OceanFree Co2 System + CO2 diffussers
    Co2 Duration: 7 hours (0700hrs- 1100hrs, 1700hrs-2200hrs)
    Carbon Supplement: Seachem Excel / 1.25ml daily
    Fertilizer: Seachem Florish / 1ml weekly
    Seachem Iron/ 1.25ml every other day
    Seachem Potassium / 2ml every 2 days
    Other additives: Seachem Prime
    Water Change Regimen: 30-40% weekly
    Water Parameters (Cycled): Tested using API Test Kits
    pH = 6.4-6.8
    Ammonia = 0 ppm
    Nitrite = 0 ppm
    Nitrate = 5-10 ppm
    Flora: Rotala Rotundifolia 'green'
    Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink'
    Hygrophila pinnatifida
    Anubias nana petite
    Anubias var. nana 'coin leaf'
    Anubias var. gold
    Taxiphyllum 'Flame'- Flame Moss
    Taxiphyllum barbieri- Java Moss
    Fissidens fontanus- Mini fissidens
    Fauna: Boraras urophthalmoides (Mosquito Rasboras)
    Corydoras pygmaeus (Pygmy Cory)
    Neocaridina davidi (Red Cherry Shrimps)
    Caridina multidentata (Amano Shrimps)
    Clithon Corona (Horned Nerite Snail)
    Dario dario (Scarlet badis)
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    &quot;The Jungle Cube&quot;

    Preparation stage:

    The tank was ready for setup:


    Arranging hardscape. I used some granite rocks and spider woods for this scape.





    Hardscape completed:


    That is a simple island layout with sand bank infront since I would like to have some corydoras for this tank. The island will be filled with some easy care plants like fern, anubias, moss...etc.
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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    After done with the "backbones" of hardscape setup. Next step was planting. I really enjoyed this part. Lots of preparation cut short to the progress pictures below.

    All things were ready for planting process.



    Anubias sp. and some mini African ferns.


    Java fern, needle leaf fern and moss:




    Woods were soaked in water for the whole time to make sure it sink when water being introduced.



    And basically done with the arrangement of hardscape and plants.



    Time to flood the tank with water. This time I got Pogostemon erectus as back ground plants. A chunk of rock was placed on the wood to keep it sink properly.



    And here goes the photos of tanks on DAY 1







    OK, sit back and watch it grow!


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    wheres the Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink' ? where to buy them?

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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Hey jacky, how many tanks do you have now? I am also itching to start another.

    New year must have new tank

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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Nice looking set up, was the tank already with the black background?


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Great start, bro.
    This hobby is definitely addictive I must agree. Nice hardscape you have got. Waiting for new update.

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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Jacky bro, very nice scape you got

    Looking forward for the updates.

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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Quote Originally Posted by jermseah View Post
    wheres the Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink' ? where to buy them?
    You will see it in my coming update bro. Initially, I got Pogostemon erectus as background plant.

    I got stems of Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink' from bro Branong here. It would only turn pink when having high lighting and rich iron environment though.
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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Quote Originally Posted by Zep View Post
    Hey jacky, how many tanks do you have now? I am also itching to start another.

    New year must have new tank
    Hi Zep,

    Currently I have 3 tanks which are in operation. I think that would be the max that I can handle. Need to spend time to enjoy the tank instead of doing maintenance every time. Haha!

    And yes, it is time for New Tank for New Year!


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Quote Originally Posted by Halfbeak View Post
    Nice looking set up, was the tank already with the black background?


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    The black background I did it using Oyama black sticker. You can find it from any LFS with other colours like blue or white, too. For me, I enjoy the black background since it makes the atmosphere calmer.


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Quote Originally Posted by hann View Post
    Great start, bro.
    This hobby is definitely addictive I must agree. Nice hardscape you have got. Waiting for new update.
    Thanks bro. I wish I can have approval for a 4ft tank like you one day. Haha!


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Quote Originally Posted by j.c.koh View Post
    Jacky bro, very nice scape you got

    Looking forward for the updates.
    Thanks bro JC. Your tank makes me wanna try with Iwagumi and MC carpet! I will try it one day!


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    I would like to continue the update.

    Since I have some seasoned biomedia filter materials from my previous tank to load in Eheim 2211 and I also reused some ADA Amazonia aquasoil, the tank quickly been cycled in less than a week.

    I introduced a team of 5 Amano Shrimps at first to let them control algae outbreak, if any.



    Soon after, a bunch of 10 Fire Red Shrimps were loaded to the tank. I got some Tiger Shrimps there, too. So at that moment, the tank was dominated by shrimps only.

    Below are photos of the tank at Week 4.

    The mosses that I glued to wood branches started to grow out.



    I had some stems of Hygrophyla Pinnatifida from Seaview and planted it on the island.





    The top spider wood piece on the island make the tank looks quite complicated and I just removed it and rearranged the scape a bit.





    There was no algae so far in the tank since the light was kept at 6 hours a day, with dimmer at level 3/7 during the first month.
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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Mamma Mia .. subscribed By the way Bro Jacky what surface skimmer is that Ocean Free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZIr View Post
    Mamma Mia .. subscribed By the way Bro Jacky what surface skimmer is that Ocean Free?
    Hi bro Zlr,

    Thanks . Ya, that is Ocean Free surface skimmer. That was reviewed by Urban Aquaria previously. I find it is very useful to clear the oily film. Nevertheless, I don't put it in the tank at all time but move it to other tanks where needed. So just one device that can use for all tanks.


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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    At Week 6, plants had been settled and growing stably. I found the java fern is too big and congested space for other plants to grow in, so I moved it to other holding tank. Pogostemon erectus have been growing nicely but I would like to try some other plants in this tank. Hence, it was removed and shifted to my emersed growing project.

    It was very nice that I got some compliment plants from bro Branong here. So Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink' and Ludwigia 'Red' were introduced to the tank at the background. Some Rotala Rotundifolia 'green' also been planted and mixed in the background. It makes the interesting effect of green-pink-red that mixing there. Similar to what I see ADA they use Wabikusa balls at background.

    Photos update on Week 6:

    Hygrophyla Pinnatifida had been adapted well and growing very fast.



    Moss had been growing and spreading nicely on the wood branches. And surely shrimps love gathering around to find their foods.





    Rotala Rotundifolia 'pink'



    Overall looks of the tank was very interesting. And with its small size, I can easily enjoy watching it at close up distance. So cool to have 1ft tank on your desktop.




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    Treating blanched zucchini on Sunday.

    Have a good day everyone!




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    Re: "The Jungle Cube"

    Nice journal thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by lohsh View Post
    Nice journal thanks for sharing

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    Thank you.


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