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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-04-2011, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Going Small.

Well guys, I've been doing the planted tank thing since November of last year, and I gotta say that I'm so hooked. I have a 15g tank, which despite a big learning curve, turned out pretty okay considering that I didn't know what the I was doing, lol.

So, I've been thinking of setting up a massive tank in my basement...something along the lines of 125 gallons or more. The major issue there is it's a project that's just going to have to be on the back burner until I can finish renovating my basement.

So, I figure, why not try my hand at a small tank? something along the lines of a 4-8 gallon rimless tank that can sit in my library, grow some plants and breed some shrimp in.

So, my question is for the guys here who have tried it, how is it different from doing other tanks?

I figure with a small tank, getting enough lighting would be a breeze. Would pumping CO2 even be necessary? How often do you do water changes on a small tank, and about how much do you change? What plants do you like to use on a small tank?

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Start reading up in the nano forum. Like all tanks nanos can be done high tech or low tech. The challenge with nanos is it is much easier to see a large change in your parameters versus a larger tank due to the low volume of water. One dead fish can cause a gigantic ammonia spike. In a properly cycled and maintained nano, water changes aren't all that different from larger tanks although most people probably end up doing larger water changes just because it is so easy and quick when you are only talking about a few gallons. Plant selection is definitely limited as you have to choose plants that are scaled to the nano. No tall or overly bush plants. A lot of stem plants are still usable, but most swords and crypts are too large. Carpet plants are really easy as they are quite close to the light source due to the typical 12" or less tank height.
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