So I am setting up a nice nano tank for my nephew for his birthday. Well I have started to compile everything and I will be finishing it up this week. I wanted to see how affordable I could get a nano tank together for.
First comes the tank I found this gem on evilbay and bid on it lost out to the highest bidder by 50 cents. Which turned out to be a good thing as I scored one for $10 less the very next day. Which had a hob filter instead of the undergravel filter which I wasn't crazy about to begin with. So the tank cost me a grand total of $11.49! The tank is approximately 4.5 gallons it is acrylic and it is super clear.
The one I bought off of evilbay is all blue where the black is though. Which I am not a huge fan of but at this price you can't beat it. It included what looked like a single christmas tree light bulb. It was a joke to say the least. I took the light out. Took apart an old ott lite I had sitting around and mounted the fixture in the hood. So it is now sporting a 13 watt power compact bulb. I was even able to get the aluminum reflector to fit in the hood with it.
So grand total thus far with tank, filter, and lighting is $11.49! I am going with pool filter sand with oscomote plus root tabs. Because I already had the supplies and I am trying to do this on the cheap.
Any ideas on how you would scape this thing if it was yours? It has to be virtually zero upkeep as I will be doing the upkeep on it whenever I am visiting my nephews house. Which is about once every other week. So no stems I already have some c. parva I was planning on using as a foreground. Should I go stones, driftwood or a combination of both? What other plants would you suggest that don't require any trimming and stay rather compact. The only plants I can think of right now are crypts.
As far as fauna goes I have some yellow shrimp that I think I am going to be stocking his tank with. However I also wanted a small school of fish for him as he has mentioned he would like some fish as well. What fish is small enough to keep about 5 of them in this tank? I was thinking ember tetras or possibly celestial pearl danios. I am also not opposed to a pair of dario dario however the live food requirement is a no go. Has anyone else had luck feeding these guys flake food as they would be my first choice for this tank if it weren't for the live food requirement?