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Cottagewitch 11-22-2010 11:48 AM

Jenna's Tiny Treasure
*Updated January 5, 2011*

3g picotope (back painted black)

Stock fixture but ordered a Mini Aqua Light 6700K replacement bulb.

Stock filter

Tetra heater

ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia I

CO2 and ferts:
DIY CO2 (no ferts as yet)

4 guppies (2 male, 2 female)
1 otocinclus
3 ghost shrimp
(several guppy babies that will move to another tank soon)

Anubias nana "petite"
Marsilea minuta
Mini Pellia
Java Fern
Narrow-leafed java fern
Staurogyne repens
Peacock moss
Java moss
Willow moss
Phoenix moss
Hygrophila Difformis (Water Wisteria)
2 other plants I don't know

Driftwood (found at local river but used in previous aquariums and terrariums)

Cottagewitch 11-23-2010 08:20 PM

I'm working on my DIY CO2 set-up while I wait for my aquarium and such to arrive. I'm not using plastic bottles. I'm using glass. Right now I'm waiting for some silicon to set on one try using a colored glass wine bottle and a pour spout. If that doesn't work I'll use a glass juice bottle. I'll be able to drill the lid like the plastic soda bottles are done. I'm having the air tube go into a glass Spice Islands jar as a DIY bubble counter. I've already drilled one hole in the lid and inserted and sealed in the "out" air tube. I also installed the check valve after the bubble counter. Friday I'll test the wine bottle for air-tightness with a water/sugar/yeast mix. If it's tight and works well, I'll drill the second hole in the bubble counter lid and seal it in. I'll give it a few days to set up then try the whole system. If all goes well, by the time I get my shipments, I'll be ready to get plants. When I'm ready to start using the CO2, I'm going to try the jello method. I'll just have to cut the amounts of everything to fit in my wine bottle.

Solid 11-23-2010 08:43 PM

You might try using rubber stoppers for lids, they will be easy to remove and come with holes in them to fit airline tubing or what not. I used to use them when i was brewing my own beer, which is basically a giant DIY Co2 set-up.
Heres an science site that sells them in all different sizes:

Cottagewitch 11-23-2010 09:04 PM

Solid, you truly rock!!!!! Those are perfect, saves me all this fiddling and are cheap. :)

Cottagewitch 11-23-2010 09:36 PM

I just placed an order for those stoppers. Again, thank you Solid for that suggestion!

FYI...if anyone else places an order with them for stoppers, it was posting a high shipping rate for USPS Priority and even worse for UPS. I called the company and they were happy to agree to shipping via First Class mail which reduced the cost of mailing by nearly half. Now my entire order, including shipping, is cheaper than the cheapest shipping method shown.

Cottagewitch 11-24-2010 04:01 PM

The ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia has arrived!!!! :D

Cottagewitch 11-26-2010 09:44 PM

My replacement bulb and rubber stoppers have arrived. Here's a pic of my DIY CO2 generator. I am doing a test run to see if its air tight.


Green Leaf Aquariums 11-26-2010 09:47 PM

Good luck with this pico. Im not sure how well those stoppers will work, but Im crossing my fingers for ya. Co2 generators can produce some decent pressure as days pass...

mistergreen 11-26-2010 09:58 PM

Yeah, you might need something to hold down the stopper like this wire thing on this beer bottle.

I took the wire off and watched the cork really fly off on its own.

Although the the DIY yeast does have an outlet so the pressure might not be that strong.

Green Leaf Aquariums 11-26-2010 09:59 PM

^^^^ Wow! Im thirsty:)

Cottagewitch 11-26-2010 10:01 PM

We'll see how it goes. Its producing about 4bpm at the moment. :) But its in the kitchen at the moment so if it blows its top, it won't be that big of a deal. Fortunately I have other glass options if this doesn't work. But those stoppers are wicked tight and came from a science lab company. These are used in science labs where they generate all manner of vapors and gases under pressure so hopefully..... (crosses fingers)

Cottagewitch 11-27-2010 09:45 AM

So far so good! The CO2 generator is up to 15 bpm and the rubber stoppers are holding strong. I put soapy water around the edges of the stoppers and where the air tubing is inserted and no sign of leaks. (keeps fingers crossed)

According to the tracking data, the picotope will be here Tuesday and so will the extra filter media. I'm not sure what's going on with the heater. I got an email with a tracking number earlier in the week but every time I try tracking it, it says there is no information available for that number. I'm going to email them today.

Would it be a good idea to put down a thin layer of aquarium charcoal on the bottom before adding the AquaSoil?

talontsiawd 11-27-2010 06:43 PM

The stoppers should work. I did a lot of home brewing in college and we used similar, you are basically doing the same thing in a small quantity.

Can't wait to see the tank setup.

Da Plant Man 11-28-2010 06:27 AM

I always wanted a 3g JBJ, hopefully yours can be enough to conveince me into buying one. Good luck and I might have to take that DIY CO2 idea from ya :smile:

Cottagewitch 11-28-2010 11:59 AM

Thank you Talontsiawd! That makes me feel a bit more comfortable. I was starting to worry. But to be safe, I've put a lot more yeast in the bottle to build more pressure just to be sure. LOL If it holds after this...then its a sure thing! :)

Caton, go for it! My problem was that my co2 generator is going to have to sit on the table near my tank. I didn't want to look at plastic bottles all the time. Its one thing if they are hidden away but a bit cheesy for being out in the open. Besides, I had the wine bottle and spice jar already so I was making do with what I had. :) I do hope that when I design the scaping that it'll be worthy!

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