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    I've been resisting buying a second tank for my study/office/man cave. I succumb at the weekend. Bought myself an AquaNano 40.

    It's a 40cm cube giving aprox 15 gal/55L. So not a nano as the name might suggest but still compact. I really like the design. It has a segmented down, up, down, up, sump style filter that consists of the whole back of the tank, about 1/8th the volume divided into 3 chambers with flow channels to force the water down through the sponge to the bottom of the tank, up a channel and down through the ceramic media, then up into the pickup well where the pump and heater are.

    I added some mature media, a mature sponge to the top of the filter, 4ppm ammonia and 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Set temp to 30C and 24 hours later ammonia 0, nitrite 5, topped up to 2ppm ammonia. Cycle shouldn't take long with the mature media.

    Ordered some plants, rocks, substrate and wood, should get here today / tomorrow. Depending on the how the nitrites do I could be stocking it next week!

    Stocking ideas include:

    Cory + Celestial Pearl Danios + Shrimp
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    Guppies

    I already have a livebearer free community tank, so I'm tempted to make this a live bearer tank. Another community tank with different species is tempting though.

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    May I ask what the baking soda is for?

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    It is always a good idea to cycle with at least some seeded filter media, it sure can speed up the process

    I am also interested what the baking soda if for as well ?
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    I like your first choice, Cory's + Celestial Pearl Danios + Shrimp.

    I third the baking soda question. Never heard of it being added before, please do tell.
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    ooooooooooooooops !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by eltylT; 08-07-2013 at 12:20 PM.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    I would like to know myself what the baking soda is for . Please tell us .And congrats own your second tank. Keep us informed , I thought MTS only made us want or get Bigger tanks!!!!
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    Thanks guys. Baking soda is a carbonates source: Sodium Bicarbonate.

    The organisms all consume carbonates as they multiply. I live in a soft water area. 2dKH. Without it, the cycle may slow and the pH may crash.

    It raises the pH to round about 8.2 and fixes it there until the carbonates are consumed.

    Obviously I will not be adding it after the fish go in, unless I choose hard water fish, which is unlikely.

    This morning stats were: Ammonia: 0 - Nitrite: 0.25

    I accidentally topped it up to 4ppm instead of 2, but not to worry, looks like it will be fully cycled in a mater of days anyway :)

    Aqua-scaping on Friday morning. Baltic rock and wood soaking in weak bleach solution for an hour and then until Friday morning in chlorinated water. Plants unceremoniously dumped into the tank in their pots, except the moss that is sitting on top in it's tub slightly under the light.
    Last edited by paulca; 08-07-2013 at 06:46 PM.

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    Photos:
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    Hard to take a photo of the filter, I'll get a better one when I empty the tank to aquascape (err plant it).
    You can just see the pick up well with heater and powerhead and the ceramic rings bay, beyond that in the distance is another similar sized chamber filled with a huge sponge, you could use it as a travel pillow!
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    C00L setup! That sh0uld be a sweet little tank when up t0 par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eltylT View Post
    I thought MTS only made us want or get Bigger tanks!!!!
    My MTS had me going from a 75 gal community to dual 29 gals! I guess MTS can evolve in many ways............
    75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
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