I had an empty space in the corner of the living room, so I decided to set up a low tech nano tank after convincing the wife it'd be look a lot better than a little table with a boring lamp LOL
Almost evertything is a DIY project, except the tank, the lamps and the filter.
I called it 'Crypto Island' because I like Cryotocorine Wendtii Brown a lot and it's the center piece of the tank.
Here the specs :
Tank : 12"x12"x12" 6 mm. glass, I painted the back with 10 coats of black acrylic water based paint.
The ca-nano-py : Aluminum frame with 6 mm. glass to prevent moisture in the CF lamps, with a dark walnut varnished pine wood cover.The cover has a mirror for reflection.22 Watts. 6500 K CF lamp. I put two extra sockets in case I want/need increase the light power.
The Filter is an Azoo Mignon 60, it's designed for 4 gallon aquariums, but I just need little watter movement, if I see the need of another one I'll buy it later
No heater, the room temp is 70-74, so it's enough for my intended population (shrimp an some snails)
No Co2, but I left some space in the lower part of the stand for prevention.
Stand : 100% pine wood with dark walnut varnish.I put a piece of styrofoam between the tank & stand.
Substrate : 1 bag of regular Seachem Fluorite. I rinsed it like mad, this thing is hard to wash, hehe. I used a vegetable strainer on a 5 gal bucket and ran water through it.I've always used this method, but this is my first time with fluorite.
ON EDIT: Repeted pic