6.6 gallon....I guess this is a nano - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
6.6 gallon....I guess this is a nano

Hi everyone. A few months ago, I decided to venture into the realm of live plants for the first time and I came across this wonderful site. Below is a picture of my very first planted aquarium, a 6.6 gallon bookshelf tank. It is 2 feet long, 8 inches deep and 9 inches tall, if I remember correctly. Specs and contents are below the picture.



6.6 gallon bookshelf
Small HOB filter that came with the kit
Flourite substrate (switched about two weeks ago from black gravel)
Hagen NRG yeast-based CO2
15 watt fluorescent light (Zoo Med Flora-Glo bulb)

Micro sword
Dwarf hairgrass
2 Banana plants
Moss ball
Anubias nana
Brazilian sword
Java fern

1 male crowntail betta
3 Otos

Ever since I made the transition to the Fluorite, I've had a few leaves melting, but it's been mainly associated with the sword, which I have read doesn't like to be replanted. So, I imagine in a few weeks that will go away. Growth has been good so far, though. And I have had a little bit of algae show up - BGA on a few leaves, some of the hard spot algae on the front glass and two different types of long, flowing algae, but it has stopped growing since I made the substrate change and added the CO2.

Anyway, thanks for reading and I'm always looking for ways to improve. Any suggestions or comments are welcome with open arms.

Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:06 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
DarrylR's Avatar
 
PTrader: (43/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: maryland
Posts: 399
nice crowntail.
DarrylR is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarrylR View Post
nice crowntail.
Thank you. It was one of the best looking at the pet store the day I bought him. And the best part is he has a great attitude. He always swims up to the front to greet me when I walk up and he seems to be very inquisitive.
Sierra255 is offline  
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:43 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 302
You might want to get a black background.

Anyways, it looks great!
trfjason is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
Quote:
Originally Posted by trfjason View Post
You might want to get a black background.

Anyways, it looks great!
I thought about a background, but it's on what I would call a bar, and I like being able to look into from my kitchen, which is what you see in the background. I do agree that it would make it look much better from the front, though.

And thanks for the compliment!

Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 05:16 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 70
Beautiful beta, and nice start on this tank.

As for the aquascape, I think it looks a little flat. maybe prop one piece of driftwood up against the other? Or just make a bit of a mound in one area or the other in the fluorite?

Keep us updated, and good luck!

-Jared
j_m_lizard is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 10:30 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Kayen's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 883
this tank has a great footprint.. 2 feet in only 6.6 gallons...
nice crowntail...
good luck with the plants
Kayen is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 01:46 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Canoe2Can's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Indiana, PA
Posts: 766
I like it. Where did you find this "bookshelf tank?" I've seen a lot of them on this site, but I've never seen anyone sell them. They're kind of neat.

Also, if those dimensions are accurate (24 x 8 x 9), that would be 7.5 gallons.
Canoe2Can is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canoe2Can View Post
I like it. Where did you find this "bookshelf tank?" I've seen a lot of them on this site, but I've never seen anyone sell them. They're kind of neat.

Also, if those dimensions are accurate (24 x 8 x 9), that would be 7.5 gallons.
I found it at Petco, and it's made by Aquatic Gardens. I swore I would never buy anything else made by AG after a heater I bought for my 55 gallon almost cooked my fish the first night, but I'm happy with it. The little HOB filter is actually completely silent and has good flow, along with a flow adjustment knob. I couldn't find exact replacements for the filter inserts, but I found some Top Fin inserts that seem to fit pretty well, so I'm going with those for now.

As for the size, I could be off a little bit. I thought those were the dimensions that were printed on the box. After doing a few calculations, if you take a half inch off of each dimension (23.5 x 7.5 x 8.5), you wind up with 6.5789 gallons. I think they must have rounded the dimensions up to get 24 x 8 x 9. My theory anyway.

Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-18-2007, 08:50 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Canoe2Can's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Indiana, PA
Posts: 766
We don't have many Petcos around here, but if I'm ever in one again, I'll look for one of those. I wouldn't mind having a small tank for my office.

Actual volume for pretty much any aquarium is slightly different than the named size. Even more so if you actually measure the internal volume. Most are slightly less, some are slightly more. In this case, the manufacturer might have given a pretty accurate figure.
Canoe2Can is offline  
post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 04:45 PM
Planted Member
 
alohamonte's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Atlantis
Posts: 245
Your tank looks great! I like the moss ball.

I also have the 6.6 bookshelf tank. It's an ideal space because fish prefer length to height.

no hijacking the tread, just praising the decision to purchase this tank kit.

the HOB isnt bad, i think it's 80/gph. I I use a bubble wand on the opposite side of the tank to break up surface film. The HOB is a nice size, and a 7.5w heater fits into the basket without blocking the filter media.

Let me know how that Florabulb works would you? I traded the 15w setup for 28w Coralife fixture because of my dwarf baby tears foreground.

Nice tip on the Top Fin media... i didnt know where to get refills either... I'm considering going straight filter floss though.

http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?image=66tank2kp6.jpg



By alohamonte, shot with L-500V at 2007-10-15

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

20g Tall Low Tech Planted
alohamonte is offline  
post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-19-2007, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
I like the way you have yours laid out alohamonte. Makes it look much bigger than 6.6 gallons. I've only had the Flora-Glo bulb for about two weeks, so I can't say much about it, good or bad. So far I love this little tank. It's been my favorite by far, especially lately. And I've got a 55 gallon in the same room. But it doesn't have plants. Plants are much cooler.

Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-28-2007, 04:53 AM
Planted Member
 
alohamonte's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Atlantis
Posts: 245
I needed more circulation because the length of this tank plus my curio wood create plenty of dead spots, so I replaced the hob that came with the kit with an AquaClear 20 rated at 100gph. I estimated the kit hob at 70-80 gph, would you agree Sierra?

I'm also battling algae as a direct result of the 28w lighting. I've got a strong algae cleanup crew of ottos, shrimp, and snails and its not helping. I'm going to have to go CO2 or drop back down to 15w.

Hope you're having better luck than me... mike

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

20g Tall Low Tech Planted
alohamonte is offline  
post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-29-2007, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
I don't know what the little filter is rated at, but it does output a stronger current than I would have ever thought it would. With it being off to one side, it does create dead spots on the other side. I wish the plastic cover had a section in the middle to take out to make room for the filter. I think it would work much better in the middle than off to the side.

And I'm battling algae issues as well. I still have the 15w light, 3 otos, a few small snails that I've seen (plant hitchikers), Hagen yeast-based CO2 and algae is still a bit of a problem. I have some of the hard green spot algae on the front glass and a lot of filamentous algae. Nothing seems to eat these two kinds. Not sure what will help, but I think my plants would be healthier if I dosed some macros in addition to the micros (Flourish). I don't think the Flourish alone is making them as healthy as they could be, even though I am getting some good growth. But this is a first for me, so I'm being patient and trying not to do too many things right now. If I go too fast, I won't know what works and what doesn't.

Take care.

Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2007, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Sierra255's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dickinson, TX
Posts: 306
Here is an updated picture. I took out the long piece of driftwood because it took up too much space and didn't look right. I also took out the dwarf hairgrass and the banana plants. The banana plants weren't growing real well and I wasn't real happy with the hairgrass. It didn't seem to be growing, though not dying either, and it was collecting algae. The only other change I may make is adding another clump of microsword to speed up the process of getting it to form a carpet.

Oh, and sorry for the annoying lights on the left side. It's light coming in from in between the slats covering my sliding glass door.

Enjoy! (I hope.)



Kevin
Sierra255 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome