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Going Old School with an AGA 5.5 Gallon


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So I am diving back into the game with this AGA 5.5 Gallon project for my new office at school. I flirted with the idea of going with a Fluval Spec V but decided to go a bit old school instead. Please enjoy plans, specs, and the first picture (sorry for the rough iPad pic) below.



AGA 5.5 Gallon with blacked out back

Custom built canopy and "cradle" painted with Rustoleum Stone Accents paint



10W Epistar 20,000K LED Pendant



Aquaclear 70 with inTank Media Basket

Filter floss and 50W Hydor in the first chamber

Chemipure in the second chamber

Macro in the final chamber



Fish: One clown goby (just love these guys)

Inverts: Mix of Turbo and Nasarrius snails, a couple of Blue Leg Hermits, and a Peppermint Shrimp

Coral: A healthy mix of zoas and softies. I plan to stick to bright easily kept corals for this office project


All of the filter items and the 10 lbs of dry rock from BRS are arriving Wednesday so I hope to get water in it to get everything going either Thursday or Friday!


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Indeed...I am lucky to have a master carpenter as a grandfather in law so we made the canopy and then made the cradle to match and make everything look nice and symmetrical. I am a big fan of simplicity and kinda keeping as much hidden as possible so I wanted to keep everything out of sight as much as possible. I really hate I don't have a nicer camera as the paint and the canopy look really nice.

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Water and aquascaped last night. Checked everything this morning and all is working great. InTank Media Basket was a beautiful fit! BRS rock came in and is very nice. Now time to sit back and let her cycle through and then get started!


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