12-14-2005, 11:17 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
| | Nano Tank Heating Question
I am exploring the possibility of starting a nano project and I've got a question about heating the little bugger or buggers... So, I'm thinking of doing an nano aquascape project that would entail having three nanos set up in a row- kind of like a triptych. I want to showcase different mosses and shrimp. I probably wouldn't have much filtration, just bubblers (although if I end up doing this with 3 eclipse explorer 2s then I'll probably use the filter that comes with and upgrade the lighting if possible).
My dilemma is heating. As I will be keeping shrimp in them I want to maintain a steady temp, so although my apartment is warm I would like the insurance of having a heater to maintain regularity. But, I'd rather not invest in 3 tiny heaters if I can get away with it- much less clutter up any room in these tiny tanks. So what do you think of this idea: having all three tanks- which will likely be acrylic, sit atop a sheet of glass (most likely a glass cutting board as they have convienent rubber feet) under which is mounted one of those under tank heating pads that are used for reptiles. Do you guys think this would work? Would the glass allow heat transference? I know it's kind of insulative. Or should I get a piece of slate? Or do I even need a heat source with these little tanks? I'll probably be using PC lighting if I upgrade so there won't be that much radiant heat, or so I'd imagine. Ideas? Guidance?