When I was over at Mr. Barr's house he had all these cool nano tanks that ranged from like half a gallon on up to this 10 gallon size. The 10 being a 2 footer fits perfectly in this narrow space I have in my hallway.
Since this tank is in public viewing space in the living room I didn't want to go with traditional lighting. Pop's and I built a nice 2 foot stained box and attatched it to the underside of my cabinet. Installed in the box are 3 -20 watt halogen pot lights. The box is 7 inches above the aquarium wich I was hoping would eliminate any heat issues but it still warms the top of the tank by about a degree per hour up to 4 or 5 degrees. I'm not sure what I'm going to do to address this.
Question 1 : I would imagine even with regular PC hoods there will be some heat issues. What would you consider a acceptable variance from lights?
Question 2 : Does any body know the real world length of a ash supply 1 x 55 kit? The web site says 22.5 in length needed and I have 22.6 or 7.
For the backround I went to Wallmart and bought a yard of felt for three bucks. I attatched it to the back of the tank with 3/4 inch ACCO binder clips and then took off the metal butterfly part just leaving the plastic clip on the back of the tank to hold it.
The Filter is an AC 20. This thing is puny. As a kid in the hobby I don't remember these things being so cheaply built. I dont think this little filter will be eough for the tank and I definitely need more circulation.
I originally bought 50 lbs of pool Filter sand that looked great in the store but in the tank it looked like compacted mud. Tore that out and bought some basalite pea gravel from Home Depot for around 3 bucks. Now I guess I'm going to go with more of a river look. I would like to get some dwarf pygmy cories down the road and I'm not sure if this will be the best substrate for them. Seems kind of ruff and maybe hard to find food in.
There are no plants or fish in the tank at this stage. I'm still trying to come up with a look. I went to a local stream and found some rock and wood but the look of the tank will change as I find better items more to scale.
I'm thinking of getting a small school of tiny fish like maybe neons or white clouds, a few dwarf pygmy cories and maybe some otto's.
Any suggestions on plants and whatever would be appreciated. The only thing I have tested so far is the ph after the water was filtered for 48 hours. The ph reading was 7.8 wich is alot higher than I was expecting.