Hello planted tank community,
I’ve always had an interest in aquariums since I was a kid, there’s something otherworldly about them that still memorizes me to this day. I’ve experimented with salt water and freshwater and sizes ranging from 30-17 gallons. About 10 years ago I discovered the wonderful Iwagumi style and It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of an aquarium. I attempted a traditional Iwagumi tank with a 17 gallon rimless and all the fancy trimming of glass Lilly tubes and such. I loved it! Although the initial set up can be expensive I did find that it was surprisingly easy to take care of, only about hour a week to maintain.
That was about 2 years ago and I’ve been tankless since. Due to the restrictions in my apartment building I am limited in size, so with those restrictions I decided to truly explore the possibilities of a nano tank. For this tank I’ve set a few ground rules for myself.
1. Keep it as low of a budget as possible with still incorporating the things I find important. ( Light control, general ascetics, minimal equipment showing)
2. Tank must bee under 5 gallons
3. Tank needs to be easily maintained
6.6 Top Fin® Engage™ 5 Gallon Aquarium (Petsmart)- 40$
Aquaclear Biomax 50 galon biomedia 5$
Rhinox Nano CO2 Diffuser 6$
CO2-Proof Tubing 10$
Mr. Aqua N-MAR-066 1 L Fine Pet Habitat Water Plant Soil 16$
Aquarium Heater 22$
Fluval Hagen Biological Enhancer for Aquarium 5$
Armour Etch 2.8 Oz Etch Cream 10$
Windbells Aquarium Thermometer 6 $
Hagen Fluval Plant Bluetooth Nano LED Aquarium Light 85$
Tools I already had
Co2 Paint 1 liter canister with regulator
Tweeters for planting
Scissors for timing
Nano Syphon for cleaning
2 gallon bucket
I selected this tank because of its affordability and the fact this it was quite eye catching. It already had a unique design with is semi rimless appearance and it’s white background where the filtration and heating elite could hide. I knew that I would need to modify the plastic lid to instal my own light and did so with a dremal tool and some sand paper. For an added touch of finesse I etched the top 3/4 inch of glass to create a fogged effect to hid the harshness of the light entering the tank and to hid the fluctuations in the surface water level.
One design change is the interior of the tank. it does have a more narrow weigh since about 1 1/2” is take up by the back filtration wall. this should be interesting to scape