Today is Saturday, October 25 2014.

Have you done your weekly water change yet?



My 14 Gallon Planted Biocube My 50 Gallon Planted Tank
                        14 Gallon Planted Biocube

This Biocube was created to mimic pure nature with a messy overgrown scape, as such unlike the neat Iwagumi style
the goal is to have a high tech low maintenance setup and let nature take its course. Very little thought process
went into planting besides the basic foreground/background separation then it's hands off and let the plants fill
in naturally.

Due to time constraint, the maintenance requirements are to be no more than 10 minutes every 2 weeks max, which is
the reason I went with this easy layout - biweekly topoff and nutrient(macro/micro) dosing, monthly 10% water change
and trimming. Everything else is automated.


Plants:
  • Dwarf Sag (Sagittaria subulata)
  • Anubias Nana
  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • REMOVED:Ludwigia Repens (although the red leaves created nice contrast, the plant just grew too fast
    and also developed unsightly massive roots everywhere, at the end not worth the trouble)

Livestock:
NOTE: This tank is very overstocked and copying such high bioload is discouraged
  • 24x Zebra Danio (Glofish: red, yellow, and green)
  • 4x Cardinal Tetra
  • 2x True SAE(secondary algae control)
  • 5x Nerite Snail(primary algae control)
  • 25x+ Cherry Red Shrimp(secondary algae control)

Equipments:
  • Oceanic Biocube 14 Aquarium
  • 48w 10,000K Daylight Bulb + 2x Coralife Digital Power Center Auto Timer
  • Marineland 75W Stealth Pro Heater
  • 5lb Aluminum CO2 Canister + Azoo Regulator(2 bubbles/sec)
  • CAL AQUA "Double Check" Drop Checker + Bubble Counter
  • Modified Hagen Elite Mini CO2 Reactor
  • 2x Mopani Driftwood
  • Eco-complete Substrate
  • Tropica Plant Nutrition+ (note: this product is not sold in the US, i had to order it overseas from UK,
    the advantage over Seachem is it has everything(NPK+Iron+Micro) in 1 bottle versus 5 separate bottles, saving maintenance time.


Updated 2010/02/28!










(WARNING: Eco-complete may increase ph level signifcantly during the initial 4 weeks, left vial is after Eco-complete, right vial is before)

Day 1 Initial Planting: 2009/12/04