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ianiwane 11-21-2005 09:02 PM

Nano 8x6 inches (update 4/21/06 on last page)
 
what do you guys think?

11/21/2005
http://usera.imagecave.com/ianiwane/nanocubesmall.jpg
No filter on yet. Ordered a nano filter, and coralife mini aqualight. It is an ocean free tank thanks to Boun. Substrate is ada aquasoil.

Update 12/03/2005
http://usera.imagecave.com/ianiwane/nano120205.jpg
Got the mini aqualight (18 watts) no filter yet. Things look like they are growing. Soon I will take out some plant species. Any opinions on what I should take out or leave?

Plants
Juncus repens
Polygonum muricatum
Hygro sp red
Hemigraphis trian
Downoi
Utricularia sp.
weeping moss
Ammania sp Bonsai

Fauna
Cherry shrimp
Male endlers

Ian

Raphael 11-21-2005 09:07 PM

No filter? No light? You can't cycle your tank without a filter. Other than that, your tank looks good for a start knowing that it's 8x6".

ianiwane 11-21-2005 09:10 PM

I have a temporary light on it right now one of those screw in power compacts.

Raphael 11-21-2005 09:13 PM

Ok, just out of question. Why don't you buy a filter from your LFS?

daFrimpster 11-21-2005 09:33 PM

I am Just curious why a tank wouldn't cycle without a filter?

Raphael 11-21-2005 09:43 PM

Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.

turtlehead 11-21-2005 10:21 PM

I have no nano filter and only do 2 water changes a week.

ianiwane 11-21-2005 10:40 PM

am getting a filter from bigals, getting it from there because I need to get other things, and things are a lot cheaper than in my lfs

Marc 11-22-2005 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raphael
Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.

That's not really true. In nature there are no filters...everything is a cycle.

Plants will naturally take in ammonia and nitrite. If there were no plants in there- that would be a different story.

ianiwane 11-22-2005 01:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raphael
Well, you can but it's not recommended, you need a filter to keep it going and you'll find yourself doing water changes very often without one.

the only thing a filter will really be doing is mechanical filtration anyway. But like I said I am getting one. Plus the endlers and cherry shrimp don't have much of a bioload, I put one flake it and they do not finish it totally.

Ian

shuks 11-23-2005 04:57 AM

you dont even need a filter. I didn't use a filter on my 75 gallon. If the plants are growing, they are filtering the water. If you do 2 waterchanges a week you shuld be fine. IMO, no nano tanks should have filters. They are too big for such a small tank,and make it look ugly.

Goldfishcrazy11 11-24-2005 03:55 AM

I made a homemade filter for my 5 gallon... I simply found an empty fish food container, punched a hole in the center of the lid, stuck a tube connector on a tube, put it in through the hole, opened the lid, and added gravel from a cycled tank. You could also add filter floss to this. I then connected the tubing to an air pump.

I careful hid my "filter" in 10 lbs. of gravel. You could get an air diffuser (sp?) to slow down the flow.

No tank should be without a filter, besides betta tanks (since they don't like a strong flow).

gw11ucb 11-24-2005 07:36 AM

i have my nano 1 gallon running now for almost three weeks without any filtration or waterchange. it has a 9 watts over it. the plants are growing well. I beginning to see algae on the glass. I think I will have to clean it soon. I did ordered a nano filter from bigals just didn't have time to p ick it up from my friend yet :)

figgy 11-25-2005 03:17 PM

Maybe a matter of taste, but to my eye, there are too many different plant species in there...

Fig

ianiwane 11-27-2005 10:13 PM

i hear you figgy but I am also trying to see what will grow in the tank.

Ian


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