So after the 70 Gallon
proved itself unsuitable for shrimp, I decided to set up a nano tank.
As it turns out I still have piles of useful equipment laying around, all I was missing was a tank. I traded a couple of older Tunze powerheads I had laying around for this kit:
The kit itself is nothing fancy, just your average hagen tank. But hey beggars cant be choosers. This was collecting dust in bosses garage and had never been used. He was happy to trade.
I hate the lid. I mean, I really really hate it. Its also incandescent so its virtually useless to me anyway.
Pleasantly surprised to discover its a rimless tank under that lid!
So now I have a rimless tank (for the top edge anyway). I may leave the bottom trim on for rigidity as the desk that it will be going on has less support on one corner (but is more then capable of supporting the tank weight, I'm just concerned about long term potential warping)
Now, with no lid I need to think about lighting. Decided not to use my 24 LED panel I have built as I think it will be too bright, and I want to save it for a cube tank down the road.
As luck were have it, I still have a first gen Marineland Reef Bright LED fixture. I won this fixture at Macna 2010 and used to use it for growing Mangroves in my old reef.
Now for control and automation. If you have ever followed my threads you'll know I'm kind of mental when it comes to my toys. I love automating things and this tank will be no different. For automation I decided to go with a Profilux II Light (which I already had laying around). This controller has a temperature probe, 4 x 0-10V sockets for controlling things like dimmable lighting, and 4 x controllable power outlets.
This controller will simply turn the lights on and off, control the temperature (by turning the heater on and off), and will dose Flourish excel automatically every day (by turning on an aqualifter connected to a reservoir of flourish excel). I will have to fertilize manually, but in a small tank that's pretty minor stuff.
This should look ok I think. Nothing too crazy, but will be fun as a scrounge project. All I need is to buy a bag of eco complete and this thing will be ready to go. Already have the Wood, and HC to start it off.