ccapasso

ccapasso's office Mantis Tank!

267 posts in this topic

I figured I would start a new thread as this is officially happening and no longer just a concept.

 

The tank you see below was built buy Aqua-Crylic (aka Aquatica). It is a deep blue 7.5 gallon (12x12x12) that has been customized with a false wall and media rack. The total display looks to be approx 5.5 gallons, but I need to measure to find out for sure.

 

Equipment:

 

  • Custom Deep Blue 12" Cube
  • 2 Hydor Evolution Pico 400
  • Custom Media Rack
  • BoostLED Par 30
  • Hydor Theo 25w Heater
  • ReefKeeper Lite

 

 

 

Pictures

 

 

Here is the media rack:

 

DSC_0764.jpg

 

 

Here is the back:

 

DSC_0769.jpg

 

Here are some top shots:

 

DSC_0758.jpg

 

DSC_0751.jpg

 

Front Shots:

 

DSC_0768.jpg

 

Tank Inspectors:

 

DSC_0746.jpg

Edited by ccapasso

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
:happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please ignore the fingerprints on the glass :). I haven't cleaned it yet. Also, ignore the kid toys and mess on the table :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool little tank.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys!

 

Any suggestions on what to put in the media rack? I was thinking Cheato on the top rack, but wasn't sure what to put on the bottom. What would you all suggest?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess chaeto on the top will work. Purigen next, then filter floss at the bottom.

 

Those little pumps work really well! I've got one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I guess chaeto on the top will work. Purigen next, then filter floss at the bottom.

 

Those little pumps work really well! I've got one.

 

Thanks!

 

The media rack only has 2 shelves (was meant to have 3 but wasn't designed that way). Anyways, I can either have another shelf added.

 

Or, can I simply put the filter floss at the bottom under the last rack where the water returns? Or will it flow into the return sections and cause issues doing this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm in that case I'd put filter floss on top, then purigen on the bottom.

 

Purigen, in little tanks, is much better at absorbing nutrients than chaeto.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hmmm in that case I'd put filter floss on top, then purigen on the bottom.

 

Purigen, in little tanks, is much better at absorbing nutrients than chaeto.

 

 

Ok, I can do that.

 

How much purigen should I get? I heard that it can be re-used by simply bleaching it/washing it out. Is that true?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ok, I can do that.

 

How much purigen should I get? I heard that it can be re-used by simply bleaching it/washing it out. Is that true?

That's true. Steve have small bags of it for like 11 bucks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, I took my pico to my office and after work I filled it up with water to do a wet test.

 

Pictures

 

New Home:

IMAG0438.jpg

 

IMAG0439.jpg

 

IMAG0440.jpg

 

Wet Test:

IMAG0436.jpg

 

IMAG0437.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We're the return pumps gurgling? Those chambers look awfully low :unsure:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I filled it up all the way first and then turned the pumps on. There was no gurgling.

 

I then unplugged them, took out a little bit of water and turned them back on. At first there was gurgling but then I added more water back in. This seemed to fix that real quick.

 

The chambers were a little low of water, but yet no gurgling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If that problem persists, especially with evaporation, you can snap off a tooth here and there to create better flor into the AIO section. At least that's what I did, and has worked pretty well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok. Thanks.

 

I wonder if another option might be to take it back to the store that made it and have them cut the holes a bit longer to let in more too?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

very nice i bought my mom one for a betta for christmas :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm going to pick up some live sand at lunch today. Will either add it and water today or tomorrow.

 

When should I add the media to my media rack? During the cycle or afterwards?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I picked up sand at lunch today. I was going to purchase live sand, but this looked a lot nicer:

 

IMAG0441.jpg

 

Thoughts?

Edited by ccapasso

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used that stuff in a larger grade and it was awesome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I used that stuff in a larger grade and it was awesome.

 

 

Awesome! Thanks!

 

If I remember correctly, I should have about a 2" Sand Bed right? If so, I believe 10lbs should be enough :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I picked up sand at lunch today. I was going to purchase live sand, but this looked a lot nicer:

 

IMAG0441.jpg

 

Thoughts?

 

I have that sand in my tank but i am having problems with the powerhead and the sand :(

 

And the filter makes holes on it

Edited by Natzareth

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now