So, I have this small wooden tank I built. It's about 6 gallons, and originallt I was planning plants only or maybe cold water, with no equipment. But now I want it tropical, and that means filter, heater, co2...
Problem is, I hate equipment being visible in the tank. So I have decided to make a new back wall out of thin plywood. I figure I could set it about 1 1/2" in front of the "old" back wall. So this "compartement" will hold all the equipment.
For now, the plan is to have a 1 1/2 x 1" hole for draining in the top right corner with a strainer, and a small hole in the top left corner for output from a small submersible pump. Maybe even attach a spraybar here.
I plan on dividing the new space in two, about 4" from the right side of the tank with a divider that stops 1 1/2" from the bottom. That leaves 12" on the left side. The small space will be room for filter media, and the larger will hold the heater and pump.
So, to the questions:
Will this work?
If so, what color should I paint the plywood? Black? Blue? leave it as is? maybe stain it darker?
Any good ideas to get som DIY CO2 into this?
Any other ideas / improvements?
Remember, I'm doing this because I'm on a very tight budget, and because I like making things myself
But I could really use some help from more experienced people...
Oh, and let me know if this was too confusing. I could try to draw a picture or something...