Thought it was time I got myself in the world of planted nanos, and I must say it's been awesome thus far. I started with a four-pot purchase of HC....and quickly killed off 90% of it via some stupid manuever I'd rather not go into. A pict of what I had left:
After trying to build a 12 x 12 x 12 glass cube with some panes purchased at Lowe's, I was left with something that was sufficient at best. It held water, and served it's purpose for about 2 months of HC and MM (taken from my 46G tank) growing, but ultimately I tore it apart piece by piece and bit the bullet with an ADA Mini-M.
Right when I got it out of the package I was happy with my decision. My own homemade tank was a nice cube, but I felt I couldn't trust it to hold water long-term and my silicone seals looked like they were done by a child.
Here's a shot of the tank just after I transferred my HC and MM, complete with dirt (a pond soil I found locally - LOVE it. 25 lbs for $4!!) If you look closely you may be able to see the 'seams' where I transferred full blocks of dirt and plants from my homemade tank to the ADA:
These picts were taken about 2-3 weeks ago so look for frequent updates with pictures!
In the meantime, what are everyone's thoughts?
My current parameters:
ADA Mini-M, standard clarity glass. Approximately 5.5 gallons.
Unknown brand but great pond soil. Very fine grains, minimal embedded debris. Only issue: random plants grow out of it!
Not on, but it has been hot glued under the substrate: 7.5W Hydor Mini Aquarium Heater.
Not on because of no water: Red Sea Nano Hang-On Filter
Jebo 13W clip on flexible light (JB13) with a desk lamp with 27W bulb supplementing as I try to get my HC to form a full carpet. I love the look of the Jebo so I think I'll get a second one down the road. Note this Jebo light is not shown in these initial pictures.
None in these pictures, plants are grown immersed with cling-wrap over top, daily misting.
Thanks to everyone that is/will be showing interest in my tank!