my first nano - 8 gallon finnex rimless ***NEW PICS 12/23*** now with glosso
I just set this tank up over the past few weeks.
8 gallon Finnex rimless glass tank
24W 7100K CF lighting
AquaClear 20 HOB filter (aka mini)
pressurized nano CO2 regulator/solenoid (Rex Grigg)
Rhinox 1000 glass diffuser
ADA aqua soil amazonia
ADA powersand special
a piece of old blackwood
9 hour photoperiod
pressurized CO2 at ~1 bubble per second synched 1 hour before lights
60% water change 1X/week
1/16 tsp epsom salt 1X/week
1/16 tsp KNO3 3X/week
~1/64 tsp KH2PO4 3X/week
~1/64 tsp K2SO4 3X/week
1 ml Flouish 3X/week (alternate days)
Midground plants attached to driftwood:
currently about 10 black lyretail molly fry
16 RCS in the mail!
I currently also have some filler plants until the ones I want for the aquascape fill in. I really like the size of this tank. :D Now for the pics. :bounce:
Only algae so far is a little GDA on the glass and this small clump of stringy/yucky stuff (since been removed):
Full tank shot:
that looks really nice! except the whole yucky algae stuff
Thanks, I manually removed that gunk with my water change today... it was really only present in the roots of the hydrocotyle and a little in the java moss. Hopefully it's just new tank syndrome, and won't be an ongoing nuisance.
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I just set up one of these finnex for my gf and yours looks awesome. I might have to pick up another one for myself!
very nice start, but you probably don't need a heater, unless it's in an office or home which turns the heat down to 60°F overnight.
Thanks for the suggestion. I generally keep the heat at or below 60, so I should probably use it for the winter. I may remove it for the warmer months.
I love that aquarium, where could i get one?
I think that would be perfect for a small RCS factory!
Occasionally they pop up on Ebay, and I haven't seen them for sale anywhere else. :(
I was initially worried that the 24W light might not be sufficient, but it's doing the job just fine! My Elatine triandra foreground has filled in nicely. :D I also have a batch of Red Cherry Shrimp in the mail for this tank!
Check out the new pics:
What can you tell me about the CO2 setup on this? Doesn't the CO2 degas because of the HOB filter?
Your pics are great. Joe...the tank looks top notch, and that L madagascariensis is certainly happy there!
I have my glass diffuser near the bottom of the tank, under the HOB outflow, so as the bubbles rise, they get dispersed around the tank. As long as I keep the water level high, the surface agitation isn't very much. I imagine some of the CO2 is lost, but as long as I keep the bubble rate at about 1 bubble/sec, the CO2 levels are good (confirmed 30+ppm w/ drop checker). These 88g cartridges only last about 2 weeks for me, so I'm currently looking for an adapter so I can use the 20oz tanks, which should last around 3 months and are refillable.
Please keep me in mind if you find that adapter. I would love to put a system like this in place.
You might look into a remote CO2 line like the ones they use for paintball guns. that should provide something you can work with for using the 20oz cylinders.
I have much interest in that small regulator tho. where did you find such a thing? what brand is it? where can I find one like it?
Tank loos great btw.
It's a Leland regulator I got from Rex Grigg. Very similar to the ADA nano regulator. See this thread:
I got a pin-actuating adapter for a 20oz tank. The other end has female 1/8 NPT threads. So I just need a coupler that fits the threads of the regulator (which I'm not sure of). On a related note: anyone know the size of the threads of the 88g paintball cartridges?
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