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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Completed 1g from fake aquarium update 29/07/05

Hi all,
I am thinking of starting a 1g planted tank using one of the "tanks" which are used for the fake aquarium thing, which is battery operated and has fake fish.

A few thoughts I have are to create lighting by using an array of white LED's. The tank would therefore have enough light to grow crypts and other low light plants. (inspired by thread in other forum).
Further, It would be very low maintainence, meaning water would be changed not often, and no filtration or pumps. Think it's possible?

Any ideas / comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Well I thought I would post some pics to what the "tank" looks like.

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I'd give it a whirl. You ARE gonna take the stuff out right?

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You ARE gonna take the stuff out right?
Well... a toothbrush would make a fantastic ornament for java moss but I think I will clear it all out as there is very little space.

Any recomendations for small low light plants?
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Well, I thought I would show some updates
Before:

After


The lighting - this is a tester:


Note it is a larger circuit board, and will only have white led's (15000mcd).

Will fill tank and add plants once lighting is completed. Just waiting for parts...
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Completed 1g from fake aquarium

Well I built the light set up and am overall happy with the project. The lighting is very bright, and so I reduced my LED's to 10, not 20 as originally planned. Overall cost was $17.45 AU but with all my spare parts left over, it would be approx $8.00 AU .

Now I just have to see how it goes in the long term, in terms of growth of plants and algae.


Here are the pics of the lighting and the overall tank.
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Looking forward to see how plants will do under LED light!


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Im confused, I dont get it
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Dude,

How much did the tank cost you? I'm thinking of setting up something tiny like that for the office, but I want to do it cheapish. I've seen the Azoo razzles for sale, but I don't think it's worth coughing up the money for one. How did you waterproof the base (and electrics) operating the motor turning the fake fish?

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For the lighting, I just hot glued a piece of clear plastic on the lid, sealing off all the lights. Since the lights should last for 10+ years, I don't think accessability is much of an issue.
The tank itself detaches from the stand, and therefore the electrics of the motor are already sealed. I left the previous electrics so that I could easily revert back to how it was (not likely) plus I could always add those fake fish and turn the motor on causing water movement without a pump.

Another benefit is that since the tank is detachable, I can change the water very easily.

The unit costed me $20 AU many years ago, but now you could find these for about $10 AU at cheap bargin stores.

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Wow it's actually looking pretty good Can't wait till you get the plants in there!

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Currently I just tossed in a little bit of Riccia and a few rocks. I never done this before so I want to choose the right type of plants. Imagine an Amazon Sword growing in it!!!
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Well I just added plants and substrate. Bottom layer is Kitty Litter followed by very small gravel.



Plants are:
-thin val
-rotala indica
-small growing crypt, name???
-banana lilly
-riccia

I just put them in here because that was in my other tank.

What do you think?
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The picture doesn't show up
Sounds impressive, I'll have to post pics of my nano tank now that i changed a few things in it too
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Can anyone else see the picture?

If not, here is the url directly:
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