My Wife recently found a few unnamed columnar hex 1.7 gallon, thin acrylic tanks at our local Goodwill. I've been using them as temporary drip acclimation tanks and water changer "buckets". They're a nano "kits" from Imagitarium, which is still being sold on Amazon
. They seem to have potential for a Pico tank.
There right now appears to be a good dozen or more of these cheap plastic, cheerfully easy to modify 1 gallon to 5 gallon, tallishly odd shaped tanks by Tetra, Koller, Aqua-Culture, and Imagitarium. Most of them start at about $17 to $30 and the bigger ones are in the $40+ ranges.
I'd like to propose a online challenge, Within a set budget, say $70~$110. You build up and chronicle your own Cheap Pico tank in this thread. The main rule will be you have to start with one of these kits purchased at a box store or online, doesn't matter. You stock and plant from your own larger tanks if possible. Or from purchased or traded plants and critters.
Creative use of DIY skills in aquascaping, lighting and filtering and plant and animal selections will garner likes. I don't see that making this a contest will make it that much fun I'd suggest that this be done in the spirit of sharing our experience, and keeping it fun and low cost with a focus on growing out a nice looking, healthy, tiny invert tank within a budget.
I suspect this will run a few months to a couple years time. What do you think?
Are You up to taking the Cheap Pico Challenge?