Figured I better start one of these, so here goes.
Tank: 6.25 Gallon Petco "Arc" Nano
Light: (2) Fluval Nano Aqualife and Plant LED fixtures
Filtration: built in sump style (media modified)
Heater: Aqueon Mini Heater 10W
Co2: Aquatek Co2 regulator and diffuser (paintball)
Ferts: Tons of Flourish Tabs, fish poo, some API Leaf Zone, some Flourish Trace, the rest is a work in progress...
Light/Co2 Cycle: Currently 10 hours, dropping down to 8 soon...
Plants: A bunch of Dwarf Hairgrass in front (eleocharis parvula), 5 Crypts (cryptocoryne wendtii), 2 Amazon Swords (echinodorus "somethingorother"), a bit of Cyperus (cyperus helferi) in back, and some duck weed...
Fish: Betta, 5 Rasbora Tetras, 2 ghost shrimpy...
For those of you that remember me, I used to run only dirt tanks...and I miss them. I love Angel fish and Betta's. I'm also riddled with A.D.D., and I'm terrible at photography. This is my first nano tank. So enjoy, lol
Here is the tank empty. I include this only because it is new to the market and a few people have been curious about it. Feel free to ask any questions. So far I love it, it comes with a lid, yet the tank is rimless. It's sturdy and the glass is pretty clear, and as you can see, it's got a large "sump" style filter.
Here is the built in sump. Sorry for the image being sideways...unsure about that. The two plastic pieces on the outside are my light mounts, more on them later. Anyways, I loaded it down with ceramic media...there is a porous sponge where you now see the ceramic from the factory. The sump is huge, for a nano tank. As you can see, I have a heater, the pump, media, a diffuser, a dropchecker (not visible here), a thermometer, and some room to spare.
Here is the sump from above. Now you can get an idea of where the cartridges go and how the system works. It comes with two, a carbon filter, then the media ball thing behind that.
Here is my entire setup from above. The lights are Fluval Nano LEDs. I think one would probably do it, but I decided to get two on a whim. They are very nice lights, but pricey. You can shop around and do better for a nano tank. If I had to guess, one would be low light, two is medium/high...but that is total speculation on my part as Fluval's "par" chart is ridiculous.
Here you can sort of get an idea of how the LEDs are situated within the fixture. Again, really nice lights, but they are pricey. That being said...the hairgrass is shooting runners in less than a week. They do run blue only for a nice night effect, but you have to flip a switch. If you have any questions regarding them don't hesitate to ask.
Here is the left side of the tank. I bought all my plants really small, so they are just getting going. Found all the rocks for this tank in my backyard.
Here is the right side.
The world's toughest shrimpy...
Again, my photography shortcomings become apparent. Anyways, here is a full shot...so you can get an idea of how things are situated.
The tank is just starting out, but I'm already seeing runners from my hairgrass. I hope to carpet the front area in front of the rocks, then have some crypts and swords behind the rocks for background plants. The random stem and duckweed are mainly there to help get things started...I hate stem plants, and they hate me back.
As far as the tank goes...the only thing I've done to it was replace the sponge in the sump with a ton of ceramic media. I didn't have to do that, but I'm a sucker for overkill when it comes to biological filtration. I also painted the back of the tank, where the sump isn't, black. Other than that and lights, it's all stock. Speaking of light...the light that comes with the tank is pretty weak. I doubt you would be able to do anything but the lowest of low light plants with it. However, when the tank only cost $65 bucks, it doesn't hurt so bad to go fetch a light.
About the Fluval lights...probably overpriced for what you get...but they are decent lights. The mounting system might put some off though. If you have a rim on your tank it might be problematic. They mount using some sort of 3m adhesive that attaches directly to the glass. The good news is it stays put, the bad news is it stays put...meaning removal will be a pain. Luckily the arm the lights mounts to is flexible, both up/down, in/out, and right/left...and they look pretty snazzy.
That's about all I can think to ramble about right now. Questions and suggestions are warmly received, so have at it.
Also, can anyone identify this Amazon Sword? I've never seen a red one...was at a LFS today and grabbed two of them 'cause they looked cool.