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Looking for someone that makes custom small tank

Does anyone know a place that will do an affordable small custom tanks? All Iíve found is places that will do 100 gallon tanks. I'm looking at starting a planted shrimp tank to fit on my desk below y bookshelf.

I'm thinking about getting something that has the same footprint as a 15" long with the dimensions being something like 24Ēw x 12Ē-13Ēd but only 10Ēh. Iíve checked out glasscages.com but they only have a 6Ē high or 13Ē and they wonít do customs on something that small. I know people make them themselves but I donít trust myself and I donít want gallons of water dumping all over my computer.

I love streamline look of the tanks without the black frames but I will settle for a standard black frame tank. I need a lid to keep the cat from fishing.

Any suggestions?

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Ya, I tried them and they won't do small tanks.
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Martina,

While this ... Finnex Aquarium ... is smaller than you were originally talking about, it has the 10" high dimension you mentioned and it seems to me that it would fit the bill for a planted shrimp tank. I've ordered one of them to go on the lamp table between my wife's and my chairs in the living room, and it's due to arrive on Monday. It will be set up as a planted shrimp tank.

I've currently got a 2 gallon (8"x8"x8") planted shrimp tank next to my computer desk.



It's small, and the moss wall hasn't grown in yet, but it gives me great pleasure when I look up from the 'puter and see the critters scurrying around.

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Ask your LFS if they do custom sized tanks. If you visit enough, you may get lucky to find someone who deals with custom sized nano-tanks.

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I bought there frames and made my own. Glass was to high priced to ship. Used a corner paint tool to smooth glue.
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Martina,

I was at Petco today and saw they have a 6.6 gallon "Bookshelf" aquarium set for like $50 ish? Acrylic bowfront w/ top light fixture. Dimensions were approx.
24" x 8" x 9", something like that. It MIGHT be just what you need. I can't find it on their site, but I did find this review on another forum:

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...d.php?t=120991

Looks like a great nano tank tank to me, with a unique footprint. I personally prefer this over a cube as it gives your fish more swimming room.

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Wow, i want this. I'd use it as a planted shrimp tank, rimless of course with hanging pendand lights.


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I bought one of those a couple months back to set up as an iwagumi-ish tank. I finally set it up "dry," planted with HC. Haven't even upgraded the lighting yet although I've got an AHS kit to do that eventually. Half the HC is doing real well, the rest that's in a bit more water, not so good. We'll see.

But if you've got the length as it's about 2 foot long I think it's a great size. My eventual intention is to make this a Betta tank, I've got it sitting by my computer also right now. It isn't rimless and it has a very slight bowfront. However the "rim" that's on it just lifts off and I was pleasantly surprised at the thickness of the acrylic used. You might be able to get away without the rim, especially since it's a somewhat low tank at a bit over 9" tall.

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Thats I have been thinking Im going to start making nano acrylic tanks. And also custom orders.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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Martina,

While this ... Finnex Aquarium ... is smaller than you were originally talking about, it has the 10" high dimension you mentioned and it seems to me that it would fit the bill for a planted shrimp tank. I've ordered one of them to go on the lamp table between my wife's and my chairs in the living room, and it's due to arrive on Monday. It will be set up as a planted shrimp tank.

I've currently got a 2 gallon (8"x8"x8") planted shrimp tank next to my computer desk.



It's small, and the moss wall hasn't grown in yet, but it gives me great pleasure when I look up from the 'puter and see the critters scurrying around.

Keep Smilin'
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Very handsome little tank John. I have to have a lid because I have a cat who has decided to take up the hobby with me. Tonight I was working on my 5 gallon and had the hood propped up. I left for two seconds and when I come back she knocked the light that was on into the aquarium. She has fallen into my 28 gallon tank twice while I was working on it. If I get anything bigger Iím going to have to make her walk around with swimmies on.

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Ask your LFS if they do custom sized tanks. If you visit enough, you may get lucky to find someone who deals with custom sized nano-tanks.

That is a good idea. I hadn't thought of that.

Thanks,

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Martina,

I was at Petco today and saw they have a 6.6 gallon "Bookshelf" aquarium set for like $50 ish? Acrylic bowfront w/ top light fixture. Dimensions were approx.
24" x 8" x 9", something like that. It MIGHT be just what you need. I can't find it on their site, but I did find this review on another forum:

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...d.php?t=120991

Looks like a great nano tank tank to me, with a unique footprint. I personally prefer this over a cube as it gives your fish more swimming room.

Good Luck
I have been looking at this tank. I like the layout and the unique proportions I just wish it were for less money without the crummy filter, plastic plants, and fake rock. I also heard that the plastic tank is kind of cheap and that some are scratched before they are even taken out of the box. So if you get one make sure you check it before you buy it.

I might still get it because the layout is neat. Thank you all for your suggestions.

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yeah,

if I were to get this, certainly check the tank before buying, and likely get a Tom's Rapids or Zoo Med 501 canister filter. Then of course, some new lighting

I guess $50 is expensive if you want it just for the tank itself.. but would a custom tank the same dimensions be comparable? hmm....

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