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Old 07-17-2012, 06:36 AM   #1
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5 gallon low-tech dirt tank


Ive decided to fix up an old 5 gallon tank I had sitting around. Not sure on the flora or fauna yet but have a nice idea. I'm also trying to do this as cheap as possible. Im going to try dirt in this tank because I've never done one and it'll be cheaper than a bag of Eco complete or aqua soil. For lighting I'm going to use a small clamp lamp and a low wattage bulb (15-20w). I'll get pics up tomorrow/technically later today.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:23 AM   #2
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Ok heres the details on the tank

Tank itself is about 15"L x 8"W x 10.5"H however it is a pentagon shape and holds either 5 or 5.5 gallons
here is the tank


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I also picked up some soil at walmart for 1$ it looks ok says no chemical additives or fertilizers so looks good


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Can anyone give me a link to a cheap small HOB or internal filter perferably at Petco or Petsmart as those are the stores closest to me

also the rim is coming off so i will derim it
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:47 AM   #3
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OK im not sure so im going to need some opinions. Should i do a small riparium and do salamanders and fish or just do a normal aquarium? I want to get some ideas from other people and ill probably ask my friends and post some of my own ideas soon.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:24 AM   #4
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Ok ive got a hardscape going and will post pics soon. Im not sure what i should keep in here. I was thinking maybe either some guppies or some CRS to breed but i really dont know? does anyone know what i could keep in here with hopes of breeding?
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Ok heres some pics of the scape so far


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Any suggestions? Gonna get some plants and driftwood tomorrow!
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:11 AM   #6
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I like the shape. What's the white if u don't mind me asking. I would defiantly cap the soil with something so it's not too messy.. get some sand from home depot. I paid 2.75 for a 50lb bag.
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that white is sand that i had my friend pick up from florida. im going to get some black gravel tomorrow to cap the dirt with. Im really hoping that the contrast between the black gravel and white sand looks nice. And sorry about the picture quality I'm using my phone because my camrea is bad quality but its also out of batteries which I may also get tomorrow.
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Here is the most recent pic of the set up now with sand!



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