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Old 10-27-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Unconventional Tanks.


I thought I would start a post for people to show off their unconventional nano tanks. By this I mean tanks that people have made out of decorative vases or bowls etc. For example I seem to remember someone attempting to use an old glass battery case (??) and I just read a thread about a pickle jar.

I have slightly selfish motive in that I am looking for inspiration for a new tank but it would also be cool to see everyones in one place!!
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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I bought a little jar for 2 pound B & M homestores. I added some peat on the bottom then topped of with pebbles added some marimo moss and java fern.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:32 PM   #3
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you have to check out this guy from APC:

http://aquaminiatura.blogspot.com/
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Old 10-28-2010, 02:15 PM   #4
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Those are amazing!! I cant read any of it but they look great. I love the one with his hand in the shot showing just how tiny it is.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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Great Blog. Try Google Translate. Subscribed. I was just staring at a tiny square glass 1/4 gallon container thats been sitting on a shelf doing nothing for months. Been thinking about throwing some mosses in there and playing around...
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:42 PM   #6
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Does he maintain them? or just set them up, take a pic? I would think its trickier to maintain. But still awesome.
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I saw some thread on aquascapingworld. A guy in mexico specializes in only nano, eextreme nano tanks and they are simply breath taking. Don't have the link handy though.

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I don't know if this counts, since it's not technically an aquarium yet...

I found a nice big glass globe, holds about a gallon, that in a previous life was meant to be used as a covering for a light fixture. I've got it at home in the bathtub; I filled with water to see if it can handle the stress of that much weight. If I don't end up with a tub full of glass I'll add a few rocks to see if it can take it, then maybe toss some moss in to keep the algae down.
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Does he maintain them? or just set them up, take a pic? I would think its trickier to maintain. But still awesome.
AFAIK, he maintains them for a time, tears them down and starts a new project.

I asked him to help with my monster but he wouldn't

His largest 'scaped tank was a 30gal I believe.

He had one called "beyond" which I fell in love with but I didn't see it on the blog site.. it was one of his earlier works.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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This is a little tank I setup couple of years ago. The tank is a candlestick holder from Pier 1 Imports. It's about 1.9 liters or 0.5 gallons.

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Cool thread, I've been look around for a square bowl or similar for a while to do a mini scape.

I guess you could put it on a window ledge to get some natural light and not use a light fixture at all.
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I don't know if this counts, since it's not technically an aquarium yet...

I found a nice big glass globe, holds about a gallon, that in a previous life was meant to be used as a covering for a light fixture. I've got it at home in the bathtub; I filled with water to see if it can handle the stress of that much weight. If I don't end up with a tub full of glass I'll add a few rocks to see if it can take it, then maybe toss some moss in to keep the algae down.
Yeah that counts. Let us know how it turns out!!
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This is a little tank I setup couple of years ago. The tank is a candlestick holder from Pier 1 Imports. It's about 1.9 liters or 0.5 gallons.

That tank is beautiful! Its the sort thing I am hoping to set up... eventually. I have been looking around for a square vase or something similar too but am not having much luck in England. I havent tried that hard yet though... Am a bit lazy...

Cheers for the reply guys!
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:18 PM   #13
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Hi SpamAllen have you tried TK Maxx? The one near me always seems to have all kinds of different glass vases and as its TK Maxx they are always nice and cheap.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:57 PM   #14
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I hadnt but now you mention it it seems the obvious choice, duh. I will have look. Cheers.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:50 PM   #15
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I had one a while ago that was a pasta cooker. It was a clear cylinder about 12" high and 4" diameter. It had two "covers" - a strainer and the lid to keep it closed. I just used the strainer part at the top, snaked an air hose through it and attached an airstone for water movement. I had some long thin branches, some rotala, some moss and a few cherry shrimp in it. No pictures unfortunately, but I'll definitely take some if I set it up again.
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