I added a more recent FTS at the bottom of this post. Every time I update this thread I will include the most recent FTS here so you can see the progress. Not that anyone is looking or anything...
So when it gets cold I start to maintain my fish tanks. This inevitably leads to some long drawn out project that I usually give up on come spring time. Hopefully that is not the case with this tank. Thanks to this forum and others I have learned a lot that will help maintain my tanks and keep the inhabitants happy, healthy and growing. That will certainly help with the motivation to keep up on the maintenance.
I have a 65 gal planted tank that I am moving from my old house to my new house. I decided to set up a 10 gal tank to transfer the fish. Well, one thing led to another and now it is another planted tank with CO2 and a bunch of red cherry shrimp. Can't put fish in a shrimp tank DOH!
This is my DIY special. I made the canopy out of 1/2" MDF and used some regular keyless light sockets that you would use for a bare basement bulb. The reflector is made from a small section of 3" round duct that I pried open to make the proper radius. The reflector is attached to the removeable lid so I can take it out and work in the tank with the lights on. The three holes in the back are for heat ventilation. For lights I used two 23 watt daylight compact fluorescents.
The strange thing in the dead center of the tank attached to the back wall with the airstone under it is a parakeet feeder with the bottom removed. The airstone is hooked up to my 2 liter bottle full of water, sugar and yeast for my DIY CO2 setup. The airstone lets the CO2 fill the parakeet feeder to help maximize the contact time of the CO2 and water, thus helping it dissolve better. One of my buddies has this same setup in his 55 gal and it works great so I decided to give it a try. You can get a 2 pack of parakeet feeders at Petsmart for $3. Good thing they come in a 2 pack since I broke the first one trying to drill a hole in it for my suction cup, so I used JB Weld to hold the suction cup to the current one. If you look closely you can see the JB Weld spot lol.
About half of these plants will be transferred to my 65 gal tank, that is why some of them are still in the plastic pots. I plan to use the HC to create a nice green ground cover for the entire front middle foreground. The Riccia will be transferred to the other tank, along with the large mass of Java Moss to the left and the dwarf hairgrass. The plants that are staying are the short crypt up front (the crinkly crypt in the back will be going to the larger tank), the Rotala Indica, some of the Java Fern and the HC of course. I have some crypt Wendtii in the other tank that will go in here and maybe some ludwigia as well. I haven't settled on the scape at all thus far, other than the carpet of HC and the middle background using the Rotala to hide all the equipment.
The inhabitants right now are 20 red cherry shrimp (RCS) of varying stages of maturity. These guys breed like rabbits and should have the tank full within a few months. Unfortunately you cannot keep any fish in the same tank since the fish will eat them. Only the adults are large enough to not make a meal. Eventually I plan to move the adults to the big tank and keep this 10 gal as a breeding tank.
The large rocks are petrified wood and the substrate is Onyx sand.
The pics were taken with the lights on in the tank and the room lights off. No flash was used. If I knew how to do the camera settings I suppose I could make them look a little better, but that is pretty much how it looks when you are standing in the room. Those two little lights are pretty bright over that small tank. Once everything gets rolling, if I need more light all I have to do is run to Home Depot and grab the next larger bulb.
I would like to add a special thanks to sweetaquaticplants.com for all their help with the plants and shrimp.
Here is a FTS from 2-10-09: