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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?

Left side:

Right side:


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.

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Anyone know of a good way to get some of the scratches out of the tank? Or any suggestions for taking better photos of the tank?


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I can help you with the lighting, unless you get rid of the good and get a reading lamp, but I can help with your full take shots. Try turning all the lights, including the cameras flash off, while keeping the take light on, The take the picture. Doing that really helped me with my FTS. Nice take BTW!
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Try turning all the lights, including the cameras flash off, while keeping the take light on, The take the picture. Doing that really helped me with my FTS. Nice take BTW!
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That works with most my tanks but didn't seem to do the trick for this one, those pictures were taken as you described. Thanks though.


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I've got the 5 gallon hex, and it scratches up something fierce as well. They used a pretty soft plastic for these tanks. I even got the small mag for acrylic aquariums. Still scratches the crap outta it.
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I have the 5 gallon corner tank and I use the Novus 1, 2, 3 kit to get scratches out. It takes some practice to get the right pressure, but it does a good job. Make sure not to work on the inside with water and fish in the tank.

Clean the outside with Novus 1 and an old tee shirt; never use glass cleaner or paper towels.
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It really doesn't look that bad in person, just in the pictures. I think I'll probably just leave it. It would just be nice to be able to get some good pictures.


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