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Dear fellow planted tank enthusiasts,

I need your creative ideas for what to do with some unique retired laboratory glassware.

(Pictures soon)

I have in my possession a triad of tall glass cylinders with the following measurements.

H = 18 inches OR H = ~45 cm
R = 3 inches OR R = ~7 cm

~8 liters each

One thought I am entertaining is:

Fauna: One Dwarf puffer in each cylinder placed side by side by side with a population of multiplying snails for a little fun and additional sustenance.

Light: A long single light spanning the top.

Filter: Small submerged nano. Heater small submerged nano

Plants: Glosso, tall leafy plants...Driftwood maybe….

I think 3 of these in a row would look pretty cool and definitely prevent me from getting any work done in my home office…

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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3" isn't much, so obviously stay w/ smaller, skinny plants and smaller fish.

3x bettas. Maybe some shrimp for each? A filter probably isn't a big issue with either of those.
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one person thought of using vals in a simular set up, somehow hiding a pump in them to make sure that water circulated from the bottom to the top (to keep the vals in motion), They were considering a bigger cylinder with overhead lighting - not sure how well the light will penitrate the val.

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Any thoughts on the dwarf puffers? I have read they like small tanks to themselves....
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Most things I have read on Dwarf puffers advise 5 gallons each fish.. so I wouldnt do it.
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I wouldn't confine a dp to a little tank...but then again, I don't think I'd confine any fish in that size...my dp's like to dart around and certainly seem to appeciate being able to hide in amongst the plants, but sometimes just hover out in the open.


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There are some fish species that are primarily vertical swimmers instead of lateral - but even then you'd want to make sure that they're a very, very small & sedate species (otherwise it'd just be cruel, IMHO); perhaps freshwater Pipefish or Eels might be an option, the latter especially since they tend to stay put and not need too much space. However, these species are obviously also not quite as common among hobbyists, so finding resources may be a challenge.
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OK so no go on the dwarf puffer.

The freshwater pipefish sounds really interesting but may prove difficult to obtain.

I was trying to avoid another beta tank but it might end up that way.

What about frogs? Would that be cruel or cool?
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Dwarf frogs - yes, might be kinda cool.
Clawed frogs - no way, they get too big.


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What about a bumble bee goby? Do they need to be in pairs?
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Those are a brackish tropical fish, they may not do well long term in nano tanks.


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Originally Posted by JenThePlantGeek
Those are a brackish tropical fish, they may not do well long term in nano tanks.

I've heard this/read that about the gobies, but before I was more educated, I had two of them...and over a year and half later, I still have them...Is is possible to them to live in non-brackish conditions that long? Is this about the time I get home and find them dead? They eat very well, and are fairly active for me...


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I have 2 of these cute little guys in a 15 g planted tank. they have been happy for almost a year now and love to hop from leaf to leaf. They get a little more excited when I add a little salt to the tank but so far no problems yet either.
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