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Old 04-01-2006, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Well, I set out a while back to setup my first nano. Originally, I was going to use a 5.5g I had but discovered it was missing big chips just under the trim. So then I turned to a 2.5g I had laying around. Well, that was going pretty good until I tripped on a power chord while working on the LED lighting and pulled the whole thing on the floor. Luckily the next day someone gave me another 5.5g tank so I've basically started over. Here's what I have so far.



It's a 5.5g. I currently just have an old flourescent fixture passed down to me from my dad with 10w worth of lighting. The filter is an old Penguin 180 I had laying around. The substrate is just pea gravel and landscaping rocks I had laying around.
I used a fair amount of java moss since I've got a 55g full of the stuff. I was going to get some java fern as well but decided to experiment a little and went wit some watercress from the supermarket. I just tossed it in one of my 55g tanks and let it root for a few days before moving it to my nano. The two plants that reach the surface were originally only about 1.5-2" when I put them in there. The rest I added just tonight.
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Wow, it sounds like you've had some issues with your nanos. I'm glad you finally got another one!

You're the first one to every throw supermarket goods in a planted aquarium. That's an interestng twist. But it's all working out for you, so far it looks good! I especially like the rock formations. Too bad you didn't have a finer gravel, I think it would setup the bigger pieces quite nicely. But so far looking good.

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I would have prefered to use sand but since I was unemployed up until last week I had to use what I had on hand. I may redo it someday but since this is my first nano I'm going to just keep going with it for now.
I'm not the first person to think of using watercress. I did find a reference to using it in an aquarium on The Krib. It cost me about $1.60 for a big bunch and I figured both my turtles and my russian tortoise would appreciate something different. No one liked it so it all got dumped in my 55g to try and root.
I do like the idea that using watercress is not something that many people have done though. I guess I'll just have to see how it turns out. If it turns out nice I may use it in future tanks.
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FYI: play sand is something like 3 dollars for 25lbs at a store like Home Depot or Lowes. I would like to see a larger picture, but it does seem very rocky.
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FYI: play sand is something like 3 dollars for 25lbs at a store like Home Depot or Lowes. I would like to see a larger picture, but it does seem very rocky.
Yeah, and I can get pool filter sand for $6. I usually have some on hand as well. But I have been completely broke and was out of sand. The most I could spend was literally $0. I've basically had to make do with what I've had. Even though it's not perfect I'm satisfied enough with the way it's turning out considering I've spent a total of roughly $1.60 on the entire tank. At this point I really don't want to tear it down and start over again.

More pics: http://www.kilroysprojects.net/5.5g%20nano.html
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wow, if that isn't an inexpensive aquarium contest applicant right there, I don't know what is!

ah, bigger pictures. I think that maybe removing the big stack of rocks will help your scape too, there is just so much in such a small space. You should also invest in a background. I bought some black poster board for mine, only cost me a few dollars, and really changed the appearance of the tank.
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I like to paint the back glass on my tanks black. But alas paint costs money and I haven't had any. I did have some but I used it on the 2.5g tank I was originally setting up.

At this point it is going to stay as is with the exception of adding some livestock. I'm going to give the java moss time to grow in completely and see how it looks. If I don't like it in a year then I might take it down. The worst case scenario is I end up with a bunch of java moss covered rocks I can use in another tank. The best case scenario would be if it looks better when it fills out and I decide to keep it up for a while.
In the mean time I'll apply what I've learned from this experience to the next tank. I'll probably be doing either a 7g cube or possibly a 16g "stream" tank(6" deep X 36" long X18" wide run off a modified penguin or whisper filter). I still have a 55g planted tank project in the works as well.

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wow, if that isn't an inexpensive aquarium contest applicant right there, I don't know what is!
Yeah all my tanks I do dirty cheap. about 40% of my equipment was bought as part of a lot and about 40% were freebies. If I need something and it's pricey I generally build my own.
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