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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Dymax IQ3 1.2 gallon planted nano

This is the smallest tank I've ever tried to plant. It's a new Dymax IQ3. The LED light comes with it and the filter is built-in at the back. I think that it holds about 6 litres of water, including the water in the filter, and the tank itself is about 1 to 1.2 gallons. About 8 inches square at the base.

I have planted it using Eco-Complete as a substrate.

I set it up the day before yesterday and now I'll be interested to see how the LED light works for the plants, as I've never tried LEDs before. So far, there are only plants in the tank, no fish or shrimp. If the plants remain healthy, then I may keep a few baby endlers in there eventually. Some of the endlers that are in my 8 gallon rimless are pregnant...
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Looking great for such a new setup....

I also will be interested to hear how the LED works...it is only mentioned briefly in this article: https://www.plantedtank.net/articles/...anted-Tank/14/ and not at all in the light bulb review which is linked to in the article.

Suggestion (if you decide to disturb anything) would be to try the front to back trick of more inches of gravel in the back, it adds to the sense of depth perception...

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Thank you, Fishydaze! That's a great suggestion. And I'll check out your link.

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tank is looking nice.
As these new set ups pop up I am being more tempted to get one.
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That's what happened to me, Jeffvmd. I gave into temptation! Although, when I ordered it I thought that it would be bigger than it turned out to be. I thought the "3" stood for 3 gallons. I'm really enjoying it. However, it is probably small for most fish, which could easily jump out.

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As these new set ups pop up I am being more tempted to get one.
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@Morainy - I'm still convincing my wife about this one.
She asks me why i need another tank to set up. currenty I have a 10 gallon community tank, and the planted fluval edge with RCS and CPD's. I was thinking of setting the IQ3 as a planted blue pearl or CRS tank.
As for the jumping issue, I was thinking about that too with regards to this tank if one would put small fishes in it.
I was thinking maybe a clear mesh cover of some sort can be customized. Kind of those mesh covers used in this site. http://www.manhattanreefs.com/forum/...ank-cover.html
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Hi Jeff,

Thank you for the link describing a mesh cover. What a great idea! I think I'll try something like that.

Your wife might like to know that the IQ3 is a very attractive tank. It can really fit anywhere, it's not like having an aquarium at all because the filter is discreetly part of the tank. I think of it more as a vase with very short plants in it... One of my kids calls it an aquarium diurama!
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She saw the tank and thinks its cute but she gave me "the look" which says don't even think about it.
Anyway, do a search on ebay as there is a seller of the mesh.
Type in search: 1/4" Wide Clear Polypropylene Mesh For Tank Screen Tops
its $1.45 a square foot and shipping is at 5 bucks.
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The look. LOL!

Thanks for the tip about mesh. I'll get hold of some. My endlers had babies today! (In another tank) Maybe I can move some of them into this one...

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She saw the tank and thinks its cute but she gave me "the look" which says don't even think about it.
Anyway, do a search on ebay as there is a seller of the mesh.
Type in search: 1/4" Wide Clear Polypropylene Mesh For Tank Screen Tops
its $1.45 a square foot and shipping is at 5 bucks.
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wow nice little setup. Curious to see how that LED fairs.

Are you putting endler fry in it? Wonder if they will get into the filter?
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I thought I read that LED's do not have the proper spectrum to support plant life?
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Hi Downshift and Wendyjo. I don't know if the LEDs will support the plants, but the manufacturer says that the light should work. Big Als Rep is trying a planted setup using 3 of the LED lights, but I thought I'd try my experiment with 1. So far, the plants are growing.

I am thinking of putting endler fry into the tank but not until I understand the filter better. The way that the filter works seems to be that water is sucked into the back part of the tank through a small hole in the acrylic divider, and then it is sucked through dense foam into another area where the pump is, and it flows back into that tank from that area. Unlike an AquaClear or Liberty filter, there is no intake tube. Just that little hole. The dense filter foam presses very firmly up against the hole, so I think that it would be fry safe or as fry safe as putting a foam prefilter on an AquaClear. But as I haven't tried the tank with any fish yet, let alone fry, I will start with one adult endler. I'm going to let the tank be with just plants for awhile, though, to see how the plants do.
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How are your plants doing? Are they growing healthy?
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Hi Jeffvmd,
My plants are doing really well! I'm surprised that they're all growing so well. They're not growing so rapidly that I have to prune, but the red-leafed plant has grown about 3 inches and is redder. The hygrophilia siamensis 53 B is doing very well, and so is the marsilea.I'm not very good with plant names, I'd have to look them all up to recall what's in the tank.

I am only using one LED, so I expected to have problems, but it's great.

The problem I had with the tank at first is that the water coming out from the pump was brutally fast. I put a couple of male endlers into it and they were blown against the glass. But then I called BigAlsOnline and the person who set up their tank told me how to adjust the flow of water. Now it's doing well. I've got 2 endler fry in there. I don't think that the tank is really big enough for adult endlers. It would be great for shrimp, though.
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Looks like this tank is worth looking into.

Does the flow have adjustment controls?
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