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post #1 of 200 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Axeria's Aquatic Adventure

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I got my Aquarium today so I thought to make this journal so you can follow me on my Aquatic Adventure ;) And ofc as a reference for myself as I am terrible at remembering stuff. So keeping a journal with water perimiters and such will help me maintain a stable and healthy aquarium in the end :)


Today we are doing a water test on the aquarium, making sure that it holds water after being shipped in the post. I have it temporarily set up in the kitchen without any of the equipment installed. I want to read all the instructions and make sure it holds the water before setting it up in the living room and adding light, filter and heater :)


Some specs:
  • The aquarium is called a Cocoon6 by Aquatic Nature. 30L or 8US Gallons
  • The filter is a Flow200 biological HOB also by Aquatic Nature
  • The light is a Solar Duo Boy at 6500K with a moonlight function again by Aquatic Nature
  • The heater is a Jäger 50W from Eheim.

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Filter: I notice some sort of carbon replacable filter media in the filter chamber, this I will save for a rainy day. I have figured that much from reading online that a carbon filter only is necessary if you have been using meds and the like to clean the water from chemicals and that it is disposable as it will start to leak the chems absorbed back into the water after a time.

Light: I know 6500K is not great, it is however good enough for low light plants as is what I am going to keep. Easy low light plants suit my needs the best.

Heater: While I understand some might think that 50w might be a bit overkill for a 8g (30L) aquarium, it is fully adjustable and suits aquariums ranging from 25-60L, so if I wanted to upgrade in the future, I wont need to buy a new heater. This brand is also considered the best in aquatic products where I live.


The aquarium with filter and light was bought as a kit, but there was not included a heater so I had to buy one separate. Just as wel really as that gave me the perfect excuse to buy one of the best :)



That was all for now, updates will come when I progress setting up my little 8G betta-pad. I hope you will enjoy following me on my wet adventure :)

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Good morning all! I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, been worrying about the tank leaking while I was asleep and afraid to wake up to water all over my hardwood floor :p

I was happy to discover when I rose earlier that it indeed holds water! Been sitting with water in on my kitchen table since yesterday, so I would say that the water test was a sucsess :D

Here ya see the tank, without equipment and lid tho I bet you get the idea ;)
I like the clear silicone where the plates of glass is conected, and that the front and sides are one big sheet of glass bended to form the front corners. It looks really smooth!

Lol please ignore Heike's tail :p
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Lol I just had to snap this pic of our dog Heike while I was eating breakfast (mmm chicken and pasta salad ^_^) I think he wonders why we have a big glass box full of water on our kitchen table :p lol! Or maybe he is looking forward to getting a betta like his mother ;)
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So I am laying on my sofa looking at the empty tank wondering about substrate, I seem to be incapable of making a decission... I dont know why I am having such a hard time choosing... Its... Wierd!

I have several types that I like picked out at several favorite online petshops, all dark, but I can not choose between sand or gravel.... The only black sand I can find is crushed quartz which is quite coarse. I wont be keeping corys (Although I would if I had a bigger tank!) so I am guessing it does not matter for my betta as they dont siw sand or roam around on the bottom with their wiskers in the sand :) So maybe I will go for the black sand...

But then again I do really like the look of the bigger grains in gravel and even riverstones that I have been looking at in several tanks online lately!

Riverstones or pebbles are ofc not very dark, but I do like the natural clean look it gives, so maybe go abit lighter with the substrate after all? But if I go for something lighter I could use a nice natural sand as I think that looks great with plants and makes the tank more light and natural looking. But bettas prefer darker substrates I am told so then I am thinking black sand again....

Gaaah! Why can I not just decide already! >_<

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Subbing! Black sand and River Rock substrate are both really nice

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Aww my first subscriber! Thank you! :D

I to like the look of both , so its sooo hard choosing! xD

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Maybe compromise? A sand substrate with a rock formation? Something like this..
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Yeah I am planning on using rocks found locally and driftwood for hardscaping :) but that picture gives me tons of ideas and inspiration! Thanks :D

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Sure! Heike is so cute!!

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Haha thanks! He is such a mamas boy, follows me around all day ^_^ No privacy in this house as he opens doors :p

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