Aqueon 2.5 gallon tank
(3) Current-USA Powerbrite 10k LED lights
Hagen Elite Mini internal filter 58 GPH
Marineland Shatterproof 10w heater
3M ColorQuartz T-grade black sand
Azoo CO2 regulator/solenoid and 5lb CO2 cylinder
This project started as a free tank that I was going to setup for cheap. I picked up the tank and glass top on store credit. I liked the silicone work of the Aqueon tank compared to the Topfin tanks. I had the Hagen Elite Mini sitting around because it used to be my CO2 diffusion method in my 40g. Everything was free so far, great! Too good to be true..
For light I wanted something really low profile. I didn't want a lamp, the bedside table this resides on is too small for that to be practical. I didn't really want power compacts because of the potential heat they could transfer to such a small tank. The logical thing was LEDs. I looked at some DIY stuff, but for such a small tank size I thought an off the shelf solution would be best. I decided on the Powerbrites, 4x1w LEDs sounded promising. And just incase they were I decided to get three of them. Oops #1. And as long as I was ordering online I picked up the mini Marineland heater. Hopefully it's good, it was a preset thermostate of 78 degrees and is rated for 3 gallons. Should be nice in a 2.5 gallon tank. I especially liked it for it's small form factor, way smaller than the stealth heaters.
Then I was listing something for sale on Craigslist and happened upon a CO2 setup. It was the Azoo setup from Dr Foster's along with a 5lb tank for $130. I talked it down to $80 and at that price it was impossible to pass up, especially when the CO2 cylinder was a newer aluminum tank to boot. The tubing is garbage, and the glass diffuser was damaged, oh well. And this was Oops #2 for the "free" tank. I guess if I need to feel better about the money spent I can just go to Craigthor's thread and look at all the ADA stuff. I look like a thrifty bum in comparison!
The goal here is really to test spin the LEDs and see their usefulness to planted tanks. That's why I got 3 so I can play with various light levels, along with CO2, and report back with the findings.
For now I think I'm going to create a little background forest of bolbitis fern, with mounds of moss infront, and a little twisted piece of manzanita that looks like a fallen tree. I'll get pics up once the remaining equipment arrives.