Thursday, February 18, 2016

"64.8L Passionately Curious": Equipment Shopping Journey

Finally, I have gathered almost all important things this week. 

Tank and canister filter were ordered from Green Chapter and it was delivered to doorstep. Eheim Ecco Pro 300 (2036) and GUSH Crystal Garden 60M were chosen. Hopefully, I got the good choice. 

Eheim Ecco Pro 300 and GUSH Crystal Garden 60M
I really enjoyed "un-boxed" the brand new Eheim canister filter. Since that should be the "lung" or "liver" of my future aquarium, it deserves to be brand new one, isn't it? Eheim Ecco Pro 300 package includes: Canister chamber, hose, inlet/outlet tube, suction cups, pre-filters (coarse blue foam, white fine foam and black charcoal foam), mechanical filter media (Eheim Mech Pro), bio filter media (2 packs: Eheim Substrat Pro and Eheim Bio Mech) and of course user manual.  

Eheim Ecco Pro 300 package
Great feeling of unboxing
I brought CO2 cylinder to Nature Aquarium today for 1-to-1 exchange. It is so convenient that way! Just one minute and you already have the new tank set to bring back home, so I guess no need to have another standby CO2 cylinder anymore. I also took the chance to buy many stuff today from Nature Aquarium since I found that the shop sells aquarium stuff at very reasonable price and definitely cheaper than online store that I have sourced so far. I will surely go back there for future equipment, tools or accessories. 
Accessories from Nature Aquarium
Some stuff were purchased from Nature Aquarium:-
- Amazonia Powder Soil (9L)
- Seachem Prime
- Seachem Excel
- ISTA Snail Remover
- Easy-Life AlgExit
- Water Test Kit: pH, Amonia, Nitrite and Nitrate
- Tank Background
- ANS CO2 tube

I also found that some other stuff could be way much cheaper by purchasing from eBay, especially some glass or acrylic accessories. I have ordered VIV inlet/outlet pipe, CO2 drop checker and also set of curved tweezers & scissors. The only matter is delivery time will take quite long from 2-3 weeks. That does not really matter now since I am still waiting for the cabinet to be made. The supplier has sent me the sketch design after long CNY bream. Furthermore, I have more time to study about aquascaping before really hands-on on that. :)

Sketch of cabinet from supplier 
For now, time to study about the design of my future aquarium.  

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