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Tihsho 11-04-2015 11:20 AM

Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
Originally this thread started over at TPT, but due to the overbearing administration that "run" the site I no longer plan on posting publicly on there.

I'll be migrating the thread over here bit by bit as a Journal and proceed with discussions I was having there over here.

Due to some issues users were having with load times I've split the 6.5 project off here and created a new thread for the emersed part.
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Equipment List:

Tank - Mr. Aqua 6.5 Bookshelf (24" x 6" x 9")
Filter - Eheim 2213 and DIY 'Sump' fed with MAME Overflow
Substrate - Brightwell Aquatics FlorinVolcanit XF (Extra Fine)
Lighting - Current Satellite Freshwater Plus 24" & EcoXotic E-Series 24"
Heating - 200w Hydor Inline Heater w/ Finnex HC-810M Thermostat
CO2 - Injected via 5lb tank
Regulator - Milwaukee
Diffuser - ADA Inline 'knockoff'

Current Status - DRY START (Started 10/30/2015)

Initial pic of when the tank arrived:

First addition to the tank while waiting for other hardware to show up in the mail:

The addition of Tillsandia actually inspired the overall scape which you will see in a bit. I'll get into this further on when the tank is a flooded status.

My initial set of lily pipes came in. Well they looked great in moody shots, but I don't think the outflow 'fit' the aquarium dimensions. Regardless, here's a pic:

Finally was able to find spiderwood to fit my tank at a LFS.

And because it looked like a jumble of wood I figured I'd test out a hardscape with some Fluval Stratum I had laying around.

Finally the hardware I had been waiting on shipping gets in!

Also, started sketching out the wiring/hosing diagrams of how I plan on automating this entire system once it's all up and running. Check it out!

Only took a month for me to get around test filling the tank. Figured I'd give the Tills a good soak too while I was at it.

Also, moved the hardscape in with the new Brightwell substrate that showed up.

In my need for more glass (be it lily pipes or camera lenses) I added another piece of hardware to the project. Will allow me to hide the hardware for automation in a mini sump as well as increase flow and overall volume past the tanks 6.5 gallons.

While picking up a box of plants up at my small town's Post Office (see my emersed thread) there was another package in my name... I wasn't expecting anything, let alone had a tracking number saying something was showing up...


One of the two things I've been most stoked about showed, and I'm fairly impressed for it being a 'knock off'

Just waiting on the 13mm pipes that were back ordered to come my way now.

Ended up having to leave for work since a call came in... But good news was this was waiting for me...

Decided to paint the back of the tank for contrast with some PlastiDip. Figure I can remove it if I don’t like it.

Flipped 180 and taped the sides and top off:
BAM! Done. Not bad if I say so myself!

Just like a very promising date that was on a roll, one thing led to another...Y'all Ready For This?

Yep, planted the first round of stuff for the dry start! Lets start with a tour of the current layout:

On the right, you will see the ever so lustrous Staurogyne Repens as it creeps the base of the spiderwood. Behind it the mystical reds and purples of the Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'. Slightly to the left is the delicate ruffles of the Pogostemon Helferi 'Downoi'.

Here you can see the center of the tank with the 'field' of Marsilea Crenata:

To the left we can see the final carpet being started with sprigs of Utricularia Gramnifolia:

Tihsho 11-04-2015 11:31 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
<11/1/2015 Dry Start Day 3>

<11/3/2015 Dry Start Day 3>

I'm not sure you can see it, but the Marsilea Crenata is turning a bit brown. I'm not sure why. It's moist and doesn't get scorching hot... I'm clueless on the issue. Thoughts?

I've been pulling out the stringy mold that's been growing on the wood. Gave it a bit of a dose of excel in hopes it kills the mold. We will see.

Also these showed up in the mail from GLA. Thanks guys!

Michael 11-04-2015 12:05 PM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
First of all, welcome to APC, we are happy to have you!

For some reason I can't view most of your photos, but what I can see is really interesting. Maybe it is in one of the photos I can't see, but I am very curious about the wood with the bromeliad.

Tihsho 11-04-2015 12:21 PM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
Hi Michael! Thanks for the welcoming to APC. I think I had another account here years ago, but I forgot what it was.

I can see all these pictures clearly, are you on the mobile site? Just as a heads up I'm using Chrome and can see everything I put in. If I need to change anything to get them to work, please let me know.

Michael 11-05-2015 05:13 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
I'm viewing on a desktop using Mozilla. I suspect my Avast anti-virus software is causing the problem. Is anyone else having difficulty?

BruceF 11-05-2015 05:52 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
They work fine for me but it takes do so long to load this page I can't be bothered to read it. I don't mean to be rude but it is a bit much.

Tihsho 11-05-2015 05:56 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
BruceF, I'm sorry for the overload of pictures. Keep in mind that I don't plan on posting this many pictures at once like I did, this was only done as I'm migrating my journal from the TPT here. I actually thinned out a handful of pictures that I posted on my TPT thread. If other users agree and would like me to thin out the pictures on the initial post I will.

BruceF 11-05-2015 06:34 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
Well I just wanted to see what you said in response and this time it crashed my chrome version. Again I don't mean to be rude but you may want to lighten this load if you want people to post here.

Tihsho 11-05-2015 06:55 AM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
BruceF, I've pulled out the parts of emersed growth and plan to make a standalone thread to that which I will link back and fourth to save the users on load time. Only pics (still a lot) that I have on here are related to the tank. I was having quick load times on Chrome and Mozilla previously and it's even faster now.

The emersed thread can be found >>here<<

Tihsho 11-08-2015 03:56 PM

Re: Mr. Aqua 6.5 (Overkill)
Well this is my 3rd attempt at posting on my thread here at APC. Lets hope third time is the charm!

<11/8/2015 Dry Start Day 10>

As this is my first attempt at a DSM, I'm pleased to say all is going well with little assistance from myself. I'm noticing some plants showing odd red characteristics, but rather than explain them take a look.

P. Helferi showing some odd reddening.

S. Repens showing some very odd reddening and almost a few leaves as if it's a variegated sp.

The U. Gramnifolia that I picked up from GLA has shot out tons of runners from it's in-vitro state. Now it's starting to show it's fine emersed form.

Even my Tillsandia Sp. enjoyed the addition of the E-Series light. Sadly I missed one shot of the dual blooms she had with this being a hectic weekend.

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