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Old 12-01-2004, 01:21 AM   #1
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Newbie with a creative (tank) question


Hi folks-

I'm new to this site and figured that you would be the perfect people to answer this question:

Does anyone have an idea about where I could find a 2-5 gallon clear acrylic container for use as a planted nano? I'm in grad school, so I'm trying to do this on the cheap. I would like to stay away from glass and the Eclipse/knockoffs since I don't want to have to worry too much about breakage during the many moves I have ahead of me.

With some of the posts I've seen on this site, I figure this ought to be an easy one for you guys

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:42 AM   #2
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Hey! Welcome to the board.

I think I remember seeing some 5G plastic aquariums!

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Old 12-01-2004, 01:51 AM   #3
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Mike-

Thanks for the welcome. Incidentally, we happen to have the same first name. Nice job.

Regarding the plastic 5 gallon tanks: I think you are referring to the Eclipse brand tanks or their knock-offs. I happen to own a hex version and I'm really quite happy with it as a little fish tank. However, I'm looking for something a little more sturdy given my new living conditions (grad school).

I would love one of the small custom tanks I see some companies offering, but I can't seem to part with $80-100 to buy one. So, I'm thinking there has to be something out there designed to hold a liquid, pretty sturdy, made of acrylic and mass produced so that it's pretty cheap. I just haven't found it yet...

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isuchopper:

I would recommend the 5 1/2 gal glass tank with incandescent hood. Tank+ hood should be ~$20. Unscrew the black plastic bulb mount and find the secret 2nd bulb mount. Destroy some plastic and drill a new hole to have 2X screw in PC. Mine is 22 W over 5 gal... As always DIY with caution...
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:54 PM   #5
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i saw this the other day while surfin the net. dosent come with lights or heater but it says u can get a sump on the back. This sounded light something u might be interested in.

http://firstclassaquatics.com/aquarium.htm#tank
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:19 PM   #6
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BlueRam-

I'm a intruiged by your suggestion, but I'm not sure I totally follow you (I'm still too new to this). Are you referring to the Eclipse-style tanks or a glass tank? I can only recall glass tanks as small as 10 gallons, but that doesn't mean my LFS doesn't carry them. Are there any threads that I could check out that might cover what you're discussing? Sounds like great light output.

Igotworms-

Awesome site! That is the type of tank I would love. I just have to find out how much they want for each one...

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Old 12-02-2004, 11:25 PM   #7
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Mike I visited that site also, I have a feeling those tanks don't come cheap.
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:02 AM   #9
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5 1/2 AGA combo
http://www.all-glass.com/products/ot...oncombos.shtml
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:51 AM   #10
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I have one of those custom acrylic nano tanks just like the one in the picture that you linked to. It is really just a little 1 gallon acrylic box. I have seen Takashi Amano do some amazing things with tanks that small and yet, I am not him. Currently, I have the remaining self-reproducing, self-sustaining brine shrimp colony that was part of an experiment to see if I could raise enough to feed my fish with just natural sunlight and the ensuing algae to sustain them. Turns out I can keep a colony of them alive, just not in large numbers.
Wait, where was I now.....Oh yeah! I paid $15 for mine. That's what I was responding to say, lol.
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isuchopper-

If u find out how much they charge let me know. I might be interested im one myself.
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Old 12-04-2004, 06:57 AM   #12
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BlueRam and Everybody-

Thanks for all the info and advice. It's been very helpful.


igotworms and anyone else interested-

I received the following reply from Paul from First Class Aquatics:

12" - $70 (Cube)
8" - $50 (Cube)

Prices do not include shipping. He has a 12" tank done and ready to go.


Aphyosemion-

Is your tank from the same vendor as above? Just curious given it's price. Sounds very cool.

Mike

P.S. In the meantime, if anybody does happen to come up with that elusive, cheap, acrylic container suitable for fish, let me know.
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