I've been considering converting my 5gallon dwarf puffer tank to a planted tank for some time, and finally got around to it.
Here is what it looked like before:
The filter that came with it fit nicely in the hood but had starting giving me trouble and didn't circulate the water all that great. I went with the toms rapids mini canister. I read a lot of reviews on it and did some modifications that people suggested. I wasn't going to change the hoses but my cats bit a hole in the stock ones, so ehiem hoses it was. A couple of easy modifications to the hood and all fit well.
Here is the filter on the back, and the modifications to fit it through the hood:
I found some wood and small rocks from the lfs and here is my design:
(sorry the tank is old and has a lot of scratches, the camera unfortunately shows them better than real life)
can you spot the puff?
As you can see in the pics I may need more light. The problem is the light in the hood sits in the front of the tank, not the middle. I'm going to see if added a small mirror helps. If not anyone got any suggestions for a small light I could add to the hood?
On to the specs:
tank - 5g eclipse corner
filter - modified rapids mini canister
light -10w cf
substrate - eco-complete and sand
fauna -1 dwarf puffer and 1 amino shrimp
flora - needle leaf java fern, anubias barteri, anubias nana petite, marsilea quadrifolia, crypt wenditi red and green, and some java moss on the center rock.
comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome