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My office tank - updated 06/02/08

Hi all, I have been a fish hobbyist for awhile now and never used plants in my tanks. One of my friends asked me to check out Aquaforest here in San Francisco and after I left that place, I wanted to try plants in my tank.

An iwagumi tank seems to be less maintenance and I like how the HC looks as groundcover.

Here are the specs for my office tank:
  • Tank: 3-gallon Eclipse tank (took off the rim, hood and filter)
  • Filteration: Zoo Med canister filter
  • Substrate: Aquasoil Amazoina II Powder
  • CO2: ADA CO2 System 74/YA ver.2 (1-2 bbs)
  • Heat: Marineland 25W heater = 74 F
  • Lighting: Home Depot Special 27W CF (9 hours w/timer)
  • Water Change: 1 gallon a week; pH ~6.8
  • Flora: Hemianthus callitrichoides & Eleocharis acicularis (before), Blyxa Japonica (after)
  • Fauna: (8) Golden Neons, (1) Otto & (8) Red Cherry Shrimps
11/28/2007: About a month old, HC hasn't filled in and hairgrass is too hard to maintain in this nano tank.


11/28/2007: I took out the hairgrass and replace it with Blyxa Japonica because it doesn't grow as fast as the hairgrass.


1/07/2008: HC filled in a bit and Blyxa is started to grow. Sorry for the phone camera shots.


1/29/2008: HC and Blyxa doing nicely.


2/05/2008: HC and Blyxa filled out nicely.


2/05/2008: Top View


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looks great

Looks good. I have to ask. Why don't you fill the tank to the top with water? Thats the only thing thats bothering me...
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Looks good. I have to ask. Why don't you fill the tank to the top with water? Thats the only thing thats bothering me...
Someone bumped my cubicle by accident and water spilled all over my paperwork.
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I love the simplicity of your tank. I am in the process of setting up my own 3 gallon and would like to put HC as a ground cover. Now that I've seen your tank with it I can't wait to get some. Great job!
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What type of lamp is that? Is it a fixture or diy thing with a some type of reflector...pic?
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What type of lamp is that? Is it a fixture or diy thing with a some type of reflector...pic?
Lighting: Home Depot Special 27W CF (9 hours w/timer)

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What type of lamp is that? Is it a fixture or diy thing with a some type of reflector...pic?
I'll try to take a picture of the whole setup tomorrow.
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I actually did the same thing with my eclipse 3 a few days ago, took of rim and hood, added small powerhead. I'm not using a heater, because the desktop lamp that I'm using for light gets the tank to a nice 75 degrees. If you lower the fixture a bit, I bet you could take out the heater... one less piece of equipment in the tank! It's really a peaceful little thing to look at, right?

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What about night time temps? You want the water to be fairly constant in temperature.
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What about night time temps? You want the water to be fairly constant in temperature.
I pretty sure the temperature here in my office in fairly constant ~68-75 F all the time. I don't think I need the heater, but just in case if the air conditioning goes full blast as maintenance problem.
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I have a tank in my office and anytime the light is on, the water temperature is a fairly constant 76 F - 78 F. I had a heater in the tank just in case, but after a few months (even through winter) I took the heater out.

You actually have to be more concerned with the water getting too hot. Our building HVAC doesn't run on weekends so water temperatures in the tank will sometimes get way above 80 F with the light-on.

The effects would be even more noticeable in a smaller tank (I have a 7g), with less water to heat up.
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it looks really good filled in good work love the tetras
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I pretty sure the temperature here in my office in fairly constant ~68-75 F all the time. I don't think I need the heater, but just in case if the air conditioning goes full blast as maintenance problem.
Walmart has a nice little whisper nano heater for $13 that is preset to 78 F. I have one and it works great for my nano tank. Petsmart sells a 50W hydor theo heater for about $22 , you can set the temperature and it also fits in small tanks.


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since you are using a canister filter, did you conside trying to put a heater inside it or using an inline heater.

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since you are using a canister filter, did you conside trying to put a heater inside it or using an inline heater.
How much do inline heaters cost and where would you recommend buying from?


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