Hey everyone, I'm new here. Been looking at all these beautiful nano tanks you all posted and have finally gave into my urge and started my own. I am planning to have a simple clean scape with just a few rocks on a lush green ground.
Tank: 5 gallon AGA tank
Substrate: Eco Complete
CO2: DIY Yeast Bottle with Mini Glass Diffuser
Lighting: 18W 6500K U-Shaped Compact Fluorescent (Desk Lamp)
Heating: Ghetto Walmart 7.5W Mini Heater
Filter: Red Sea Deco Art HOB
Flora: HC, Dwarf Hairgrass
Wildlife: Haven't Decided
So I decided to take the top rim off the AGA tank. Used an exacto knife to carefully separate silicone from the trim. Was pretty easy to remove the trim off, but damn, did it take forever to scrape off all that extra silicone on the glass. The edge of the glass was a little rugged at certain points so I used a fine grit sand paper to sand the top edges nice and smooth. It helped remove the extra bits of silicone pretty nicely too.
I then tested the tank to see if it would leak or break. Seems fine. However, with the tank filled up, the thin glass (I believe it's 1/16") did bulge out quite a bit. About an eighth of an inch in the center. Pretty nervous about all the water making a big mess, but seems that many of you have done it and it is holding up fine.
Tank with the rim off:
I had picked up some rocks from the beach around sf. They seem to be this brownish gray granite stones. I'm not really digging them too much but will give them a try.
..pardon my old digital camera and my horrible photography skills -_-'
Now will get to planting the HC and Hairgrass. Update later. Thanks for looking!