I'm starting up a college nano tank. It's finally time to put the aquarium tools I've been hoarding to use!
This tank is likely not going to run a filter. I've got a roommate who's a very light sleeper so I don't want to keep noises down to a minimum. Hoping that the plants and bacteria will provide enough chemical and biological filtration. Slightly concerned about the lack of water movement though so we'll see what happens. I've got an Azoo mini HOB sitting around just in case. So if it really comes down to it, I'll work something out with him.
Still not too sure about that plants I want to stock. I have a list below of considerations but we'll see what happens. I might just buy a diverse variety and go for a see what grows mentality. Any plant suggestions?
As for fauna, I'm either going to eventually add a pea puffer or dwarf shrimp. Haven't decided, but it'll be something to mull over when/if this tank takes off.
Overall expectation: minimal, densely planted, low maintenance tank
2.9 ral rimless tank (29x18x21cm)
1/4" galvanized pipe light fixture
10 in. Finnex Fugeray
Kellogg Raised Bed and Potting Mix
Pool filter sand
Possible Flora in Mind
(Super tentative; don't know what I'm using or not using)
- Salvinia minima
- Red Root Floaters (To make sure iron levels are low; prevents some algal growth?)
- Anubias barteri var. nana petite
- Some kind of Bucephalandra
- Pilo Moss
- Fissidens fontanus
- Mini Christmas Moss (Already have some on hand)
- Blyxa japonica
- Hygrophila angustifolia
- Hydrocotyle tripartita (I really like it's growth pattern)
- Some other kind of stem plant
Set-Up and Hardscaping
- Staurogyne repens
- Eleocharis parvula
Adding in soil. I have no idea what the actual depth was. I'm guessing it was somewhere around 3/4". Pushed it away from the walls a bit so it won't show once the sand cap is placed.
Sand Cap. Sloped it towards the back from ~1" to ~2". Slightly worried the front cap is too shallow. But with such a small tank, I want to avoid having a deep substrate level. Second image for a better view of the gradient.
Hardscaping. I'm pretty pleased with this. Hoping that the flora will grow in nicely (when I get them) and hides any eyesores from the hardscape that may or may not be there.