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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow bitFUUL's 3g High Tech Toilet Tank - (UPDATE - Iwagumi HC with PICS!)

I've had ups and downs with this tank, but we're still going.



Original Post from 2010:
Last week I spotted a good deal on a Mr. Aqua 3 gallon bow-back tank and an eheim HOB filter.
Decided that I didn't have enough tanks in the house, and now my guest bathroom needed one.


Tank: Mr. Aqua 3 Gallon Bow Front Aquarium
Filter: Eheim Liberty 100 HOB with sponge intake
Lighting: 27 Watt 6500K hampton bay light
Substrate: Seachem Black Onyx Sand
Plants: Riccia and HC
CO2: DIY


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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-28-2010, 03:11 PM
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I'm thinking 2 different ways.. 1 uses the plants to sort of blend with the background. Some light greens making people really look at the tank. The other uses light greens with a couple reds that stand out amongst the background...oh ya, and some rcs would be pretty cool in there as well.

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Hiya! New here & just curious as to how come this is called a toilet tank?



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Hiya! New here & just curious as to how come this is called a toilet tank?
Because he uses his toilet to do automatic water changes every time he flushes.
Just kidding.

Put some plants in this tank, bit.

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post #5 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 02:30 AM
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prob cause it's near his/her toilet (guessing in front of it).
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I have that tank too! But anyway, I'd be worried about a white substrate getting dirty. But that's because I'm pretty lazy and wouldn't feel like cleaning it from time to time. I think a black substrate could look nice with the contrast against the white it's on. I also agree that a green plant for background would look nice against the wall. Maybe a darker green, though, is what I'd say. I'm partial to dwarf hairgrass, myself. HC is always nice in a nano.

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After a few days of this thing sitting empty, I have come up with a few ideas. Going to run with the black onyx sand from my other tank. Also have some riccia, HC, and Glosso coming in the mail any day. Also, I like the ideas of finding a color combo in the BG to mess with the green paint in the back... Will see what I can come up with..


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nice start! dont you think that light is a bit too much? haha
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Added some rocks in the center, Riccia in the back, and some HC in the front. Within 24 hours of putting the tank together, my CO2 is already bubblin' the Riccia.







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Decided that I didn't have enough tanks in the house, and now my guest bathroom needed one.
I like your thinking sir.
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That's interesting how you did the sponge in the Eheim HOB 100 filter!

I did something similar, but put a very coarse "pre-filter" bit of sponge inside the strainer part of the intake tube (to keep baby shrimp safe). I found it kept clogging up and needed frequent attention. It never occurred to me to just put a wad of sponge in place of the strainer part.

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Are you using window light?
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No window light, just the desk lamp. And I was experimenting with the sponge filter in the intake. It does need a bit more attention, and does slow down the flow of water a bit; but overall it seems to be an easy/cheap way to keep the lil shrimplets safe...

And yeah, gotta love the Eheims!


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Last photo before tank breakdown.



This tank will be redone, probably emersed HC.


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This tank will be redone, probably emersed HC.
Yeah, I think a nice HC carpet would look great. But I love that scape, so try not to make it TOO different.
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I sure love those little tanks. Never got around to getting one. Looking forward to the new iteration

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