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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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1.7 gallon hex - in need of ideas!

So, i have one of those little acrylic hex tanks from walmart.

It's currently unused, and i'm looking at converting it to a nice planted piece, no fish, might consider using it as a desktop lamp rather than the POS i currently use.


I have First Layer Laterite, sand and natural gravel, some soil and so forth.

Thinking of doing a very small Walstad type setup;

For plants, i have C. Becketti, C. Wendtii var. Tropica, Red and green Cabomba, Java fern, H. Difformis and Java moss.

any suggestions would be welcome.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-27-2008, 11:47 PM
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Sounds cool, for my 5.5g I'm just using a $10 desk lamp from walmart and it works quite well.

You could even throw in some shrimp if you want. Does the tank have a power filter?
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nah, no power filters or anything

if i do end up putting any sort of circulator in there, it'll be either a bubbler or a parastaltic pump.

Edit: If i do put a bubbler in, i may just go all out and get a cheap whisper 3i filter or something... i'm a cheap and without employment at the moment
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i think you're going to want some kind of circulation, stagnant water gets nasty really fast - i'd recommend the red sea deco art filter, crazy small HOB type that would be good unless you're using a hood
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Okay, the plan for the moment is to use an aerator.

Also thinking about making up a teeny tiny canister filter, i just need to find a way to pump very low volumes of water for less than a parastaltic pump would cost. Either way though, i'm thinking i'm going to do this in the Walstad/Barr style.

Still open for suggestions, especially when it comes to what plants to use.
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Fore mini canisters there are several very small pumps out there. If you did some google work you would find a diy picofilter. http://picasaweb.google.com/Phil.new...CanisterFilter
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I think having a small shrimp tank would be cool, but you probably won't be able to keep a whole lot, maybe 5 tops. You can use it as a juvenile outgrow tank though or something.
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Hm well if you're poor, canister isn't the best bet, a small internal (such as the elite mini, no airpump, rough same price as 3i, but IMO much better) or HOB (Red Sea Nano) would best suit that tank,that or you could do a DIY Canister.

A cheapie desk lamp would work great, pair that with a 27W bulb that's available from alot of places for a low price, you can grow low-mid light plants with that.

Edit: Oh it's a 1.7G, yeah 27W if you want to grow everything, but that wuold go towards the high tech side. Or 13/15W if you want to grow most things good.


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Well, for now it's going to live as a mini paludarium, going to plant a C. Beckettii and a stem of H. Difformis to start.

Actually going to make a DYI canister filter, there's a great design out there that i want to try. considering i already have a powerhead that will work for it, it should only cost about $10 to build, including media.
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