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  1. Default My, not so new, Oceanic 38 Gallon Cube


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    Good Day Fish Friends.

    So I discovered this site while doing research into my used tank. So I thought I'd post something about the end results.

    To begin; Months back I discovered this awkward tank and stand on garbage day. It was on the sreet and mostly full with water and snow, so I knew it had'nt been significantly cracked yet. I got my wagon and dragged it home.

    After everything melted and aclimated, I began inspecting the tank for problems. The only issue I found was some algae growing underneath the scilicone. So I immediately knew wht this tank was trown out. Bad seals. After resealing the seams, and letting it cure for three months, I began liquid testing.

    All was well so I decided to design a simple filter and air flow setup. I swear by the UGF principle; Although I dont like the plate style ( I'll beat that horse later on ). I also decided on a focal point plant to sit dead centre. To do this I made a sort of diaphram reservoir for the air with a perforated platic plate. That will bubble though a terrestrial plant much like hydroponic setups.

    I prefer live plants. Also prefer local plants. Much of mine were harvested near Wassaga Beach in Ontario, Canada.

    So here are some pics of the design a month into stocking. and nearly 8 months of work, on and off.

    (sorry about rotated pics)
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    Last edited by dennismbird; 07-15-2014 at 04:49 PM. Reason: pictures

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    to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
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    Hello and welcome to the forum. That was a great find you got there! Looking good.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    My UGf is compeletely home made or DIY.

    I am well aware of the drawbacks to the general comercial UGF setups. Plate filters, yes they are horrible. I use a way which maintains ease of maintinance and longevity.

    Standard plate filters leave behind poisionus muck which can not be easily cleaned. I myself, use a complete tube setup. I only plumb one simple perimiter open end loop. meaning from uplift tube to uplift tube is one long system. Once balanced between uplift tubes, equal vaccum is assured across the system. I dont cross loop because of flow complications. KISS ( Keep It Simple ). I also try and balance the intake holes more to the front of the tank, meaning there are less holes per inch the closer you get to the uplift tubes.

    I also built into the tank, a pneumatic gravel agitator. A simple pressure diaphram which raises and lowers the gravel and creates small fluctuations in the substate.

    This perticular setup is newer in design; However, I have been using this design in tanks since I was a little boy, Now I'm 30 and still use it. It is tried and true. Yes it can be finicky for elaborate and needy fish. But It is only one part of the entire filttration setup. I also try and use plants too.

    For a good 70% of tank keepers out there, this kind of setup is easy to use and long lasting. There's no plate muck, no problems with plants rooting, and very little chance of pest invasion. Plus when ever you might need to remove it, you only need dig up the perimiter to service and clean. Much better than a plate system indeed.

    PS: Once I begin to add more fish, I may put the smallest available power filter to supliment the system.

    I dont use powwerheads. I simply use open lines to create uplift bubbles.

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    to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on 3,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 A Cory for Mr 3,000 - steeler58 
    you could be famous! - SeaLady For following through on a dare! - steeler58 For having a big heart and caring :) - steeler58 Have a cup of joe for the good converstion this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 

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    Fascinating. A very interesting and unique way to filter a tank. What are your plans for stocking?
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    There is one show beta for now.

    I plan on a pair of angels and a school of neon tetras.

    I'm not sure of the names of my plants, 6 types now. I do know however that the centre plant is a Spider or Airplane plant. Shouldn't survive submersed. But I have compensations.

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    to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on 3,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 A Cory for Mr 3,000 - steeler58 
    you could be famous! - SeaLady For following through on a dare! - steeler58 For having a big heart and caring :) - steeler58 Have a cup of joe for the good converstion this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 

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    I know you like native plants, but a plant that I have always been fond of and would love to grow would be a Crinum natans or a Crinum calamistratum. Would look great in the center of a cube tank.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    I know you like native plants, but a plant that I have always been fond of and would love to grow would be a Crinum natans or a Crinum calamistratum. Would look great in the center of a cube tank.
    What a great plant. When the spider eventually rotts that'll be a goood one.

    What would you reccomend for hiding my uplift tubes? I'm banking my two species of Rotala Indica to flish out and cover them and the background.

    I also have these small kelp like stalks. like a broad leaf rotala. Not sure of the name though. Its wild (Next Pic).
    Last edited by dennismbird; 07-15-2014 at 05:45 PM.

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    BTW any advice on naming this plant in the picture below?
    2014-07-15 13.37.55.jpg
    Last edited by dennismbird; 07-15-2014 at 05:44 PM. Reason: Photo

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    indeed fascinating. You should have taken some photos of the setup before filling it. Would of been an interesting visual to see.
    29 Gal: 1 Blue Dwarf Gourami, 6 Brilliant Rasbora
    10 Gal: just sitting here empty looking lonely
    5.5 Gal Betta and Ivory Snail

    55 Gal empty waiting to be set up.

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    Super interesting. Can't wait to see what you stock

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