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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-28-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Planted Pickle Jar Aquarium?

Has anybody used a 1 gallon pickle jar for a nano planted aquarium?
If so, what type of filter system did you use?
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You could use a zoo med mini canister filter, or you could just do wc's to keep the water clean. Maybe a small powerhead for movement could be added.

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You could use a zoo med mini canister filter, or you could just do wc's to keep the water clean. Maybe a small powerhead for movement could be added.
A zoomed would be excessive overkill.
Go for a small internal, or even at that size an airpowered sponge filter...
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I've been eying the 1gl pickle jars for a while now, but the closest I've come yet is half filled 5gl buckets for plant prorogation and temporary fish holding. Most I do is add an air stone for circulation. If you have CO2 you don't want to gas straight out, check out the Tunze Mini 5024.04 powerhead.
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I had used a tea jar as holding tank for new fish, the spigot makes water changes a breeze !

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A zoomed would be excessive overkill.
Go for a small internal, or even at that size an airpowered sponge filter...
I said zoo med because it wouldn't take up any space in the jar. An internal filter would take up too much space and a sponge filter would take up way to much space I don't think that a zoo med would be overkill. I have 900 gph flow on my 55 gallon tank and 2213's on my 5.5 and my 7.2 gallon tanks and I love the flow. I kinda want more on the two smaller tanks though. I contemplated putting the 2217 on my 7.2 gallon tank (the 30c)...

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I'm with cl. A Zoo Med positioned correctly would be perfect.
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MAN! I have so much to learn... I have to look up everything that is sugested! LOL
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This is how we all start out

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Idea for a light for the pickle tank, LOL
Sorry, it just sounds funny.
I am thinking about taking a small LED flash light and drilling a hole in the pickle jars lid and mounting it in the lid. Then take an old cell phone plug or one with the right voltage and souldering it to the battery leads. The trick, will be doing it in way that looks good.
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Idea for a light for the pickle tank, LOL
Sorry, it just sounds funny.
I am thinking about taking a small LED flash light and drilling a hole in the pickle jars lid and mounting it in the lid. Then take an old cell phone plug or one with the right voltage and souldering it to the battery leads. The trick, will be doing it in way that looks good.
That sounds cool, but I don't think that it will be enough light. You would probably want at least a one watt led to light the tank, depending on how tall it is.

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Sounds good.
Probably need a few LEDs and widely spaced apart. The light band tends to be quite narrow with LEDs and if it's on the lid, they'll be pretty close to the substrate.
I've got ten individual LEDs on what amounts to a rice bowl-sized tank and it is barely adequate.
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I'm using a jar and natural sunlight to grow Glosso at the moment.
The only 'filter' I have going in there is snails and water changes every week or when I remember.
It's nice and easy, and there when I want it, and healthier than it ever was in my tanks!
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