Thursday, February 18, 2016

"64.8L Passionately Curious": Equipment Shopping Journey

Finally, this week I have gathered almost all the important things needed for this project. 

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

Eheim Ecco Pro 300 and GUSH Crystal Garden 60M
I really enjoyed "un-boxing" the brand new Eheim canister filter. Since canister filter will be the "lung" or "liver" of my future aquarium, I have decided to get a brand new one.  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 the 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 other stuff today from Nature Aquarium since I found that the prices at the shop are very reasonable, and even cheaper than some of the online stores that I have sourced so far. I will surely go back there for future equipment, tools or accessories. 
Accessories from Nature Aquarium
Some stuff 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 downside is that the delivery time will take quite long, from 2-3 weeks. Anyway, I am ok with that since I am still waiting for the customised cabinet to be ready. The supplier has sent me the sketch design after the long CNY break. Furthermore, I have more time to study about aquascaping before really do the hands-on project :)

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

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