Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"20.5L The Raintree Canopy": Preparation

I always wanted to create a tree canopy underwater.

Only imagine a cold-dry driftwood that transformed to a lovely tree with wide lush green branches, fish, and shrimps enjoying themselves under the canopy would make me feel so relaxed and inspired.

So here it goes.

The Bonsai driftwood piece was bought during my trip to Vietnam
It started when I happened to get a bonsai driftwoods from an LFS in Vietnam during the visit there. That piece of bonsai driftwoods with great canopy really made me dream about how to make it relive in the underwater world. I kept the woods for quite sometimes by putting it on my working table, where I can daydream about what I could do with it. J At that time, I already had three planted tank in my home and space was really limited to put just one more. The chance of having a bigger tank (i.e.3ft or 4ft) was slim due to the space limitations at home and also a “no-no” approval from “boss”. Alright, “happy wife, happy life”!  Nevertheless, I still looked forward to a space around the home to just get a nano tank, with the minimal budget of course. Hehehe…

A blank glass canvas that I can daydream every time :)
Tank size 36cmLx22cmWx26cmH
And the right time came. I saw a very good deal from an AQ fellow hobbyist selling 36cm crystal tank and Twinstar LED Light 360E. I quickly got the tank first and did a research for a few days before getting the light. The reason was this light was quite strong and would cause a headache due to algae issue later on. However, you never try, you never know. I would like to go ahead and got it for my own experience. It was a really good deal anyway. J

Tank, checked.

Light, checked.

Testing Eheim 2211 in progress
Filter. I got an Eheim Classic 150 (2211) as a spare filter in my storage. So, it was just nice to have it for this new nano tank since the flow rate of 300l/hrs was quite good for this 20L tank.

CO2 set was top-up at NA Thomson and now ready for the new tank
CO2 set. I also had a set of CO2 cylinder and solenoid valve spared. Just need to go for top up, get a CO2 diffuser and done.

Things all came at the right time, again. When I got most of the equipment that I need and looked for the place for the tank, I got another deal for a 45cm ADA Style cabinet from a carouseller. The seller was so nice that even delivered the cabinet to my block. The hinges were a bit rusty but it was functioning totally fine. 
Before condition of the cabinet.
After some cleaning and touch-up
It fits perfectly in my small corner of the room
Cabinet size: 45cmLx25cmWx80cmH
And the journey begins. :)

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