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Derek 01-13-2004 06:53 PM

Hello all:

I've just contracted the aquarium bug after my wife suggested a small tank for our 3-year-old to enjoy. I ended up giving him (well, me actually) a 10G with anubias on bogwood, crypts, java fern and vals on 10 lb of 5mm gravel and an 18W all-glass deluxe hood. It's in its fourth week and I love it - my own model lake bed!

Anyway, I'm thinking that a little desk-top planted tank for my office might be nice so I've been reading a bunch of threads and so far I'm thinking:

5-1/2 gallon glass tank
DIY hood with 1x13W AHSupply 6700K compact and reflector
25 watt heater (suggestions?)
10 lb Eco-complete
Aquaclear mini (opinions/suggestions welcomed) with output throttled
Low-light plants like I already have, or others
Oh yeah, a few fish (corys, tetras)

I really don't want to go much bigger than 5 gallon and I want to keep the light levels lower to negate CO2.

Derek

Nordic 01-13-2004 07:10 PM

You know, I cna remember the first aquarium I ever saw, and I was only 3 as well...

GulfCoastAquarian 01-13-2004 07:36 PM

The 13w AH Supply light sounds good.

For the heater, I'd probably go with a Via Aqua Preset 50w Heater with external temp control and stainless steel heat probe.

Aquaclear Mini sounds good. Eco-Complete, check. Low light plants, along with some faster growers, as well, to keep algae in check. Possibly a clump of riccia? It takes some work to maintain, but in such a small tank it should be very manageable.

Ray1214 01-13-2004 09:35 PM

I prefer flourite to the eco-complete but my wife reports no real problem. (I like the looks of it too), I agree with Sam, but I used water wisteria and cacomba to get ahead of the algaes and it seems to work well. I like utilizing Cherry shimp and a lot of plant matter for an active tank as well as Pygmaeus Hephasteus (Dwarf Cories). I am buying some rasbora masticulas for my 3 gall as well as I have a meeting at a petstore for the Reef club tonite that has some.

Ray

Derek 01-14-2004 05:45 AM

I saw a thread somewhere else on PlantedTank about one of you running an Eheim Aquaball internal filter on a little tank. Big Al's has a 2206 for $32.99 (Canadian) which is not much more than what an AC Mini goes for...

hypsophrys 01-14-2004 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Derek
I saw a thread somewhere else on PlantedTank about one of you running an Eheim Aquaball internal filter on a little tank. Big Al's has a 2206 for $32.99 (Canadian) which is not much more than what an AC Mini goes for...

I think it would be way too big for your five gallon. You can see it on Momotaro's 15g in the Photo Album forum.

Ian

Derek 01-14-2004 09:05 PM

Yeah, I visited Big Al's today (quite a place), looked at it, and decided that it would take up too much space in a tiny tank. I liked the idea of not having a filter hanging off of the back of the tank though, since it would allow me to place the tank right against the wall at the back of my (side) desk. Thinking about mounting an AquaClear Mini on one end of the tank since I'm planning to build a DIY cover and hood and I can notch the end of the cover.

Thanks for all the help so far people.


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