I'm thinking of making a 10-12 gallon custom tank using starfire 1/4" glass. It will be made to be a cube type design. More than likely finishing it off with a basic wooden rim/frame on the bottom and a matching wood canopy on top.
Centrifugal Universal Pump (hydor maybe? and one that is highly adjustable so I can tune the flow to the tank)
ISTA Max Mix Co2 reactor (cheap and easy. I use one in another tank and I actually really like it)
Aqueon Pro 100w heater (use them for all my tanks as they are reasonably priced, accurate, and lifetime warranty)
Planted+ light (no reason needed....)
Fluval 88g Co2 setup and add on a solenoid (I want small so it will be this or something similar)
- 1st area: media stack will be simple consisting of a sponge, 100ml bag of purigen, another sponge, then a big bag of bio media
- 2nd area: I'm thinking an Aqueon Pro 100w heater. I'm also considering building a little sealed box (dry) into this area that I can hang fluval 88g co2 setup into and add a solenoid onto it. Not ideal but I want the tank to be pretty much a contained box and since this middle area is just for a heater and water pass through I figured I could seal the box off and have a small dry area to save space vs. hanging the co2 setup off the back. Didn't draw this into the picture.
- 3rd area: Water will be pulled into the pump which will push the water into a ISTA max mix Co2 reactor to dissolve the CO2. The exiting water will be sent back into the aquarium.
I figure for the divider between the main area of the tank that will have the overflow I can use some sort of black plastic that I will have to locate. The slots I can cut out w/ a router. Then the dividers I can just use cheap glass.
My goal is to build a contained tank that can sit on top of a dresser and look nice. Nothing on the market is really catches my eyes right now. Wanting this tank to be highly planted and house 2 dwarf puffers, 2 otos, malaysian trump snails, and some cherry shrimp (assuming they puffers don't get a taste for them).
The actual size and dimensions of everything will have to be decided once I get all the equipment so hopefully the volume I'm shooting for will work out w/ the equipment layout I'm wanting to do. Since its going to be a pretty small tank I don't really see it being that hard to put together. Just a lot of planning and slow assembly when I get the time and the motivation.