Well, I decided I couldn't wait to purchase a new tank, so I grabbed the old hex out of the garage, dusted it off and got started on a mini project to pass the time.
When I do set up my 6 gallon long tank (or 12
) I'm going to want to do an emersed start, so I figured this would be a good tank to practice on.
The filter is an old Azoo Palm Filter.
I went with a florite layer on the bottom, sloping up to the rear. I wanted some different rocks, but could not find any in the sizes I was looking for, so the hardscaping is pretty minimal.
As I mentioned, I'm going for an emersed start for the tank, so I broke down some Micro Sword and Green Crypts that I had left from my large 150gallon after I sold everything off. They should fill in really nicely.
I decided to go with a layer of sand on top of the florite, i'm sure this will drop in between the cracks as time goes on. The sand is also covering the root tab ferts that I put in.
You can see the larger crypts are in the back with the micro sword in the front. I'm giong with the 10watt color/plant bulb replacement for the stock fixture. We'll see how it works out, may upgrade later. Here it is all set up. The light is on a timer with two 5 hour photo periods. 7am - 12pm and 5pm -10pm. I added the timer after the picture.
I'm going to be misting with a mixture of water and excel to help with root growth. I still need to do a little modification on the hood to accomodate the filter (make a small half moon cut), and then as well to the stock plastic lid (not pictured). I will probably just trim it down for the filter intake and return.
Now for some questions:
I want to use C02 on this tank, and I already have a DIY yeast reactor. Can I plumb the dispenser into the bottom of the Palm Filter so that it mixes witht he filtered water and returns to the tank that way? I've always used bubble counters before and this tank seems too small for any sort of in tank diffuser.
For Fauna, I was thinking some Horned Snails and shrimp. I'm pretty sure this setup will be too small for fish. Any thoughts?
How long should I go emersed? I was thinking 6-8 weeks depending on root growth.
Thanks for checking out my tank! Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.