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eternity island 0.5 - ZEROedge type pico


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This project started out when I went to Petco to pickup kitty litter for my wife's cat & I saw these little Beta tanks on sale for $5., so I picked one up.


The little tank was collecting dust until I went to a black-friday sale at the mall and saw a fountain on a $5. sale table and the idea came to me to use the fountain with the Beta tank.



The fountain was pretty small so I picked up the wood bowel from the same $5. table. You see a theme here?









I cut out a hole in the wood bowl to insert the fountain base.



I then siliconed everything together




I also added a Simple Battery Powered Air Driven Auto Top-Off to prevent the bottom sump from going dry.



I drilled the bottom of the tank to insert a fitting to attach the pump.
The fitting has to be water tight to prevent the water from leaking out of the tank and flooding the fountain base if the power is turned off.





The 1st test with water.


3 Watt MR16 12 Volt LED lamp on an old MR16 light fixture for lighting.



The wood is a tiny manzanita stump & burl root.
I'm planning to have lower light plants growing on & around the stump.
I'll add updates as this progresses.

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if there was a notch on one side of the tank for the water to flow out of, it would make viewing it easier. but i think this was a really creative idea, i like it
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wow this is a great diy! Cant wait to see this tank filled
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This is soooo cool! It's like an eternity pool!

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VERY nice diy for a ZE tank haha
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This is one of the most amazing ideas I've ever seen. Is there any sort of filtration system?

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Nice creativity, looks like quite the job you did . Hopefully it'll turn out really nice too =]


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Zero Edge Aquariums has been using somewhat of the same idea now, here is their site
http://www.zeroedgeaquarium.com/

It's mostly directed towards saltwater though, but their tanks look pretty cool. Have you had and problems with visibility over the acrylic when the water is overflowing it? I'm sure it depends on how fast the flow is.
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That website is so cool! What an awesome set up

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we have a 0 edge at my work. I'm not sure how many gallons it is, but it's pretty sweet. We use it to house corals and sponges, and we really don't have any fish in it other than an occasional one with head and lateral line disease.

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Nice. Love the nano's that turn out to be one-of-o-kind
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Wow, really cool idea! I like it so far

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0.5G ZEROedge type Pico w-LED Lighting

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if there was a notch on one side of the tank for the water to flow out of, it would make viewing it easier. but i think this was a really creative idea, i like it
chris127,
Check out the link from Haagenize on zeroedgeaquarium.com, they are amazing.

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wow this is a great diy! Cant wait to see this tank filled
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This is soooo cool! It's like an eternity pool!
Hi Phoenix,
I copied the idea of using pebbles around the edge of the tank from an eternity pool that I had the chance to visit that overflowed into rocks. Iíll be adding a lot more pebbles all around the bottom edge when I get the bugs worked out.

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VERY nice diy for a ZE tank haha
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This is one of the most amazing ideas I've ever seen. Is there any sort of filtration system?
Hi ya Dollface,
I might add a sponge in the fountain base, but I donít imagine any fish or shrimp are going to stay inside a tiny overflowing tank for long, so it will likely just be plants.

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Nice creativity, looks like quite the job you did . Hopefully it'll turn out really nice too =]
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Zero Edge Aquariums has been using somewhat of the same idea now, here is their site http://www.zeroedgeaquarium.com/
It's mostly directed towards saltwater though, but their tanks look pretty cool. Have you had and problems with visibility over the acrylic when the water is overflowing it? I'm sure it depends on how fast the flow is.
Hey Haagenize,
Thatís where I got the idea. I was looking at a Zero Edge Aquarium at a LFS and was amazed at how it made it looks like a big cube of free standing water.

This tiny of a tank seemed perfect for a nice down view with plants growing mostly out of the water. I donít think the water flow is available to overflow all four sides, but I like the totally ďfull of water lookĒ even with just the waterfall front. The water flow is low enough that you can actually see thru the water flowing over the front quite well. If it becomes a problem Iíll just tip the tank enough for the water to overflow the back instead of the front. Iím hoping that the very direct down lighting from the LED will cut down on algae growing on the sides of the tank.

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Nice. Love the nano's that turn out to be one-of-o-kind
Thanks ridingreen03


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I've been slowly working on this little project.



I created an island using a mix of peat moss & silicon. Talk about a messy adventure. This the second island I made, the first one I used some old silicon and it did not dry correctly.



I planted the island with Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite', Riccia sp. ''mini'', Dwarf hair grass, Christmas moss & terrestrial mosses from my yard.



I also placed Christmas moss under black mesh on the bottom, then sank some tiny oak leaves on top of that. I'm hoping the Xmas moss grows up thru the leaves.



I don't know if you can tell by the pictures, but part of the water output from the pump flows out from under the stump and over the Riccia sp. ''mini'' in the center of the picture.



Any suggestions or comments are welcome.
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