Wanting to start with low-light plants, I foolishly bought some Crypts -- Lutea and Ciliata. Gadzooks they're HUGE in a 1g! The LFSs I went to today did not have a great selection, so maybe later I can get some smaller stuff from another LFS. This is fine for now though, mainly to determine if 4w of PC/CF is enough for 1g. There is also a mystery plant in the back that the LFS guy said would do "fine" in low light. Hmm well time will tell I guess.
I actually have the tank turned around backwards. It drove me nuts looking around the two 90 degree panes of the "front". Eventually I'd like to get a glass shop to cut some mirrors for those two sides. It would increase the lighting and perceived size of this little guy. I also noticed that this tank, sold as an AquaView Plus at Wal-Mart, is also Top Fin's AquaScene 1 at PetSmart.
Substrate is 1/4" of laterite and 1" of gravel. No heater -- temp goes to 66ish at night to 73ish with the light on during a 12h photoperiod. Circulation is provided by an airstone. I thought about skipping the airstone but due to the hood fitting so tightly I was worried about gas exchange. The tank came with it, so I figured I might as well use it. It had the special "Extra Noise" edition airpump though, so I built a muffler out of a film canister and hid it under the reef tank stand. The UGF got tossed.
The 3 White Cloud Mountain Minnows survived the trip home and a quick acclimation. I'll be testing ammonia almost daily and doing water changes as necessary for a while since there is no filtration. I scrapped the distilled + tap water idea. The water was really soft and had almost no buffering. Since the LFS keeps their White Clouds in straight tap, figured I might as well, too.
...and that's about it. Hope this works in the long term!
1g planted | Lutea & Ciliata Crypts, Anacharis, Hornwort, Micro Swords | White Cloud Mountain Minnows | 4w CF | unheated | airstone | laterite & gravel
2.5g and 10g saltwater coral reefs