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NEW WORLD HABITATS 4g.....

Well I have had a planted 125 gallon tank for a few months and all is great. I have seen many NANO tanks but the price has always kept me at bay. But the need for a quarantine tank that can be taken down at a whim has pushed me to buy a small tank. Namely the NEW WORLD HABITATS by Penn Plax. 14.5"l x 9"w x 9.75"h BTW it has a bow front.

I first bought a 1.5g from tetra with an LED light but it was to small and the light was lame. So I quickly returned it. I decided to go with a AGA 2.5g but the Rectangular tank looked to simple upon second trip to the LFS. Thought about maybe removing the black trim but I remember someone mentioning that AGA tanks have unpolished ends. So I decide to look for an Acrylic tank and what I ended up with is:

4 gallon Penn Plax tank removed the top
1 Elite Mini filter
1 15 watt Tetra heater
1 old unused 10 gallon light fixture

I was a bit worried about the water with such slim walls but once filled it felt very sturdy so only time will tell.Will post a picture some time this week.

I will probably keep a beta and some ghost shrimp when not occupied by newly purchased fish.
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honestly, kinda looks like one of those
critter keepers... hope it turns out good ^^
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I just bought a 4 gallon(Finnex) myself yesterday, so I am anxious to see what you do with yours.
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That's correct , it is a critter keeper.

That is part of the reason I posted it. Since it is "CHEAP" I knew many would stay away from it but I think it looks nice. The depth is appealing and for the price $13 bucks I couldn't pass it up.

I put some SMS from my 125g tank for substrate then filled it with RO water. Everything seemed well till I thought of trying a carpet yet once again. I've no luck with Glosso in my Hi tech tank so I thought maybe in a smaller scale it may work. So I decided to search on line for info on HC instead of Glosso.

I stumbled upon this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...lgae-free.html

So I emptied the tank and planted the HC into the substrate. I just did one corner since that is where I want the main focus of the HC to be.

I will post a pic tomorrow morning.

BTW. The total tally was
Tank = $13
Light = $0 unused 18watt fixture
Heater = $14
Filter = $10
Fertz = $14
HC = $6

Total $47

Tom Barr makes a comment in the thread that motivates me to try this method of dryscaping,

"So even if you brand new/stink etc at aquarium keeping, but can grow weeds in a dry tank, you could potentially win and beat well experienced aquarist with high tech stuff.

Oh that would hurt........... "

I have spent so much time and money on my 125g planted tank that If I succeed at planting HC in a "Critter Keeper" tank, I will be ROFLMAO!
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Here are the pic's, BTW I am spraying NPK from a spray bottle, since it has no nutrients in the soil.
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Looks good... I may end up trying something simillar... I have a couple 5g terrariums that can't hold water...

Cool.
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Just letting you know, you might run into problems later. I spent a very long time propagating an HC foreground. It disappeared in 3 weeks when I filled it. Make sure you have adequate lighting, CO2, etc. Basically, make sure you have what it takes to grow HC normally. Also, SMS sucks. It's really really light, so when your HC (or in my case, algae) starts to pearl, it might lift up the entire chunk out of the substrate.

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I'll be using Aquasoil and don't have intentions of filling it with water... That's if I go ahead and dig out the terrariums. We'll see.

You post gave me some ideas anyways... hehehe
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I followed your progress on the thread Fishscale. So sad to hear yours turned bad at 3weeks. I know filling will be a pain but I plan on taking it slow. After reading your post I may just fill it slowly over a period of Days.

I was planing on just dosing and Excel instead of CO2. Since the tank is in my kitchen counter I am not in the mood and my wife would kill me if I popped some holes on the counter top.

As far as the light goes I am using 18watts and I think it will be fine, cross my fingers. It just sucks waiting for weeks to see if it works out.
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