Short on cash and can only afford a nano tank? Now that I put these together I am! Don't use oak if you want to make the stands on the cheap... Here is my first attempt at creating a nano or planted tank. I am sure I will have lots of questions as time goes on. Let me know what you think!
Tanks: 2.5 gallon Deep Blue Professional
Stands: DIY oak Victorian trim from Menards w/ Minwax"Riverstone" stain and 4 coats Polyacrylic
Lids: Lowe's glass cut to size with small crescent shape I removed with glass cutter (hint: buy more glass than you need!)
Light: Finnex Fugeray LED w/ Moonlights held onto glass with black hair ties and airline suction cups
Filter: Azoo Mignon 60 w/ Fluval edge foam and biomax
Substrate: Caribsea Crystal River large grained sand
Rocks: Not sure, from my yard
Shrimp Tank Flora: Purple Cabomba/Cabomba pulcherrima, Moss Ball & Microsword/Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Betta Tank Flora: Crypt wendtii & spiralis
Shrimp Nano Fauna: ~30 Cherry Red Shrimp, Horned Nerite Snail, male Scarlet badis/Dario Dario "Tiny" (In search of female)
Betta Nano Fauna: Male Double-Halfmoon Betta "Monet" aka "Shrimpslayer"
Additives: Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Iron
Water: Well water through Kenmore water softener
3/1/13: Combating hair algae in the Betta Nano. The stuff is growing 4+ inches every day and covers everything if I don't keep up with it. By someone's advice, I am adding 5 mg Flourish Excell after doing a 50% water change daily. Also reducing light to two 5 hour periods daily. I hope this helps! Shrimp Nano with everything the same except differing flora and fauna remains fine.
Issue mostly resolved. I still need to find a good nano magnet cleaner.
3/1/13: Tiny will only eat live baby brine shrimp and continues to ignore the frozen daphnia. Doing the whole large scale 2-liter hatching setup is a pita for one little fish so hoping to find an easier way of doing that.
He seems to be fine with giving him bbs once or twice a week. They live in there a while and he hunts for them. I also bought black worms I am building the courage to chop up for him. We'll see how that goes.