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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-11-2009, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Nothing like stumbling on your next project. I was at Marshalls killing some time waiting for an appointment and noticed these nice sized glass cylinders and decided I needed to bring one home, it's about two gallons. The stump was collected while out hiking with my son last fall & it's been soaking in bucket of water along with some oak leaves I use for my dart frog viv ever since. The glass cylinder & the little stump looked like they were made for each other. I have a bucket of black sand somewhere that I had planned to use, but it was no where to be seen, so I decided to try out the white sand that had been recently removed from my son's Gecko tank (after a good rinse). I did a base of peat & a handful of the pre-soaked oak leaves, then covered it with the white sand. The plants are Anubias Nana Petite & Java fern with a little bit of Christmas moss. The lighting is an MR16 fixture with a 5 watt 6000K LED lamp. I'm hoping this will end up a low maintenance/low tech pico tank, but it may be a bit too much light. I've got another 3 watt LED I might use if needed. I'm thinking a few CRS would make a good addition for livestock and maybe a couple of male Endlers. Let me know what you think ...

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looks good, maybe add some marsilea minuta for ground cover and some small stems for the back?

You'll need a filter, though for anything but a betta or a couple RCS

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Did you add the oak leaves in order to get some organic nutrients in the substrate?
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looks good, maybe add some marsilea minuta for ground cover and some small stems for the back?

You'll need a filter, though for anything but a betta or a couple RCS
I like the idea of using marsilea minuta as a ground cover.

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Did you add the oak leaves in order to get some organic nutrients in the substrate?
Yes, that & to kick start the biological process in the sand. The oak leaves had been soaking in a bucket of water for months and have their own little bio-eco system going and are culturing springtails for my dart frog viv.


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Slight re-scape today

Added 1 red cherry & 1 Green Caridina Shrimp. Just wanted to try them out to see how shrimp do in this tank, hopefully one or both will do well.

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I really llike that litte stump. In the long run I think you will need a powerhead for some water movement though.

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I really llike that litte stump. In the long run I think you will need a powerhead for some water movement though.

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Hi Craig,

Thanks for the comments ... ... As soon as I saw the little stump laying on the ground I knew I had to start a project to highlight it.

I'm really considering a nano HOB filter or small canister filter, since I want to have a small number of both shrimp & fish.

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A little more re-scape & added frogsbit for a floating plant.
Frogsbit is also also supposed to suppress algae growth.

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What light is that? Looks nice


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What light is that? Looks nice
Thanks

The light fixture is a MR16 halogen fixture I pulled off an old display fountain, then I a wired on a 12 volt power supply.
And the bulb is one superbrightleds.com Seoul 5 Watt 6300K LED.
If you do a search for picture lighting some similar fixtures come up.

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very cool i was thinking of a cylinder shaped tank just the other day, you said you got it a marshals?, was is listed as a vase of some sort?
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very cool i was thinking of a cylinder shaped tank just the other day, you said you got it a marshals?, was is listed as a vase of some sort?
The Marshals I was in had a whole isle of different sized glass vases &/or candle holders. The one I bought was their largest size of glass cylinder and it was only $9.95. Marshals is pretty hit or miss because they buy overstock items, but you can pickup good deals when you find something you like. I think craft stores or even the craft area at a wallymart might have something similar.

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I made up an Aqua Lift sponge filter for the tank so I could have more shrimp & maybe a couple of fish to make the tank more interesting.

Here is a link with more info & pics.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...ge-filter.html

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I have been dosing 0.5 mL of Excel daily & 0.5 mL of Flourish micro trace supplement every other day


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beautiful tank!


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