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another Nano build

Well I had some spare stuff laying around that my buddy gave me.. I was at Walmart today and found a round vase.. estimated.. around .5g (half gallon).

total price of tank+bulb= 14 bucks.

I'm going to be using a Philips 15w spiral bulb with a plant growing light (huge reflector with socket)... I have a whisper air powered filter from a 2g.. It kind of fits (a little too tall) but I can cut it up and get it to fit.. should I do this? Or should I just use the air pump to power some kind of air stone or something?

This is mainly for fry.. possibly 1 or 2 amano's I have laying around and a large amount of floating moss (storage and growth).

Anything else I'm missing?
I figured i might not need substrate since I don't plan on planting.. but i have half bag of eco complete left over that I can throw a layer in..
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I say, make a moss based iwagumi, and i'm sorta opposed to the filter idea, as it is too large, and me, i just have a dislike of butchering stuff xD .

But if it's for fry, go for it .!


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... estimated.. around .5g (half gallon)...
Unless this is a typo, that is pretty small and will pose some challenges not to mention risks in maintaining stable long term water parameters even with aeration and filtration.

I am not saying it cannot be done. I kept a peppered cory cat fish and dwarf frog in an unplanted 1 gallon at my workplace for 7 years. I had to use dual filtration, feed minimally, and keep on top of weekly water changes. IME, larger bowls and tanks are just more forgiving when S*it happens and you get major instability. Personally I would not set up a nano with anything less than a 2.5 gallon filtered tank, preferably 3-5 gallons.

You might find these articles interesting. Like I said it is possible. In most cases though, I don't believe anything less than 1 gallon was used and the fish were super hardy to begin with and more tolerant of abuse than most fish.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/fishbowl/fish.html
http://chetday.com/bowlfish.htm
http://www.petfish.net/articles/Aqua...nano_plant.php

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That is not a typo =)

I don't plan on keeping any full size fish in the tank.. just to keep fry from getting eaten. I have seen fry being kept in those hang over QT/breeding containers so I assume they will do fine in a .5g
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