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This is a 2.5 gallon glass aquarium, and it is my first ever try at a nano.



and this is what you don't want to see after taking the rims off...


so I had to leave the bottom ring on (well...kind of.) this is what it looks like with the bottom rim on.


Today I finally found a place that sells 3M colorquartz...too bad it is only sold in 50 lb bags! so I only used about 2 or 3 pounds of the stuff. leaves more for other tanks in the future right?

here is what it looks like with everything finished.









I am in the middle of making a canister filter and a light fixture. all together I will end up having 16 watts over it. if not enough, I can go up to 24 watts. But that is all the fixture I am making will hold and still be be at the edge of the water. The bulbs are T5 at 12".

if the tank happens to spring a leak, I think I am just going to tear the aquarium apart, and position the glass where it is supposed to be, and silicone it correctly.

!ny advice, or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.
 

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Nice work. Like you, I just setup a 3-gallon picotope last week and is in the cycling process now. I'm planning this for a betta but cycling it with 2 WC Minnows and a bunch of Cherry Shrimp.

Looking at your tank, I'm thinking of getting a 2.5 gallon tank and remove the frames also as I need a second tank for the pair of bettas that are on their way here from Thailand.

BTW, I'm using 3M Colorquartz gravel for the tank also. I'll post the pictures soon. If you needed a little bit of the gravel, you should have posted and I could have mailed it to you for the shipping cost.
Thank you for the offer! however Ihave been looking for this stuff for a while and intend to replace sand in other aquariums with this stuff.

If you're making the canister filter and the lighting fixture, I'd be interested in learning more about it.
I will be happy to post in the DIY section how I make the light fixture and canister filter. I will insert a link here when it is finished. :)

What are the plants you're using for the tank and what fish do you plan for it?
the plants include the following:
Ludwigia arcuata
Poaceae sp. 'Purple Bamboo'
Pogostemon helferi
Glossostigma elatinoides
Vesicularia montagne (Christmas moss I think...)
Riccia sp. 'Dwarf'

as for inhabitants...possibly 2 male endlers and a few cherry shrimp. both of which I tend to usually have a lot of :p

Good Luck and thank you.

regards,
Ravi
Thanks for the response.
 

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Alright, yesterday I finished the filter. I tested it out today and it worked well. the only problem is I forgot to seal the wire for the pump...:( and I also found a small crack where the water will be coming into the pump from the aquarium. so I had to add a little silicone to both places and now I need to wait for 48 hours until everything cures completely.

on sunday I hope to have the light fixture finished... I have the metal, all I need to do is have someone cut it for me. (I don't like using electrical saws.) I will try to update everything with pictures on Sunday. so keep in touch!
 

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Thank you for the responses.

Everything is working nicely. I took both rocks out and replaced them with other larger ones to create a higher spot. Also added HC and will try for CO2. not sure where to pick up a nano CO2 system however :(

here is what I did to the filter to make the wire seal properly.

I used a slip to thread (1/2" and am unsure is that is the correct name) and a threaded end cap. drilled a hole in the end cap large enough for the wire, and filled it full of silicone.





The wire goes directly out of the canisters side with no problems. It has also been running for 5 days without gaining any air or loosing any power.
I hope to add layout pictures soon.
 

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let me know how it goes. I am always interested in what people create with aquascapes.

everything is still going fairly well. the HC is growing faster than I thought it would. I can already notice the 'plugs' growing closer to each other. The Downoi is growing faster than the HC, and producing a lot or healthy looking roots. (from when I redid the aquascape) hopefully by mid January I can get ADA soil in it!

Does anyone know of a good place to buy a cheaply priced CO2 regulator? (it is alright for it to be paintball tank operated.) I don't want to go ADA on an aquarium I only spent 10.00 or so for...I'll leave that for when I buy an ADA aquarium. :D hopefully I will take time away from my schedule to take photographs of how it is growing.
 

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Yes I did. I can rewrite it and post it in the DIY section...maybe tomorrow. I keep saying I'll get pictures up but I keep on getting busy with other things...soon!
 

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ok, so I have a few photographs as promised.

FTS


HC


high point


I think I am going to take the Ludwigia arcuata out and replace it with some other stem plant. I have Purple Bamboo, Rotala rotundifolia, Hygro Sunset, Najas 'Roraima' and then Najas guadalupensis. I don't want to use the last one...it has taken over one to many of my aquariums :D

I should have cleaned the top of the glass in the first pic...sorry was rushed for time.
 

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been longer than I intended to update, but this is what it looks like now.









I made a DIY CO2 system and have it goign through the outflow and dispersing that way. but in the next few weeks I plan on buying an ADA diffuser.
 

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actually the plants were doing fine with no CO2 and no fertilization. However I filled it up from one of my high-tech aquariums water. so f got fertilizers and CO2 that way. the quarts 'sand' was not fertilized, it was inert.

But recently I added DIY CO2 and I got 40-60 lbs of free used aquasoil so I redid it with aquasoil. (not that much in here though! :) )
 

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ok, time for another update!

I took out all of the Rotala because it was growing all over the place. (over the the other side of the aquarium and out of the water) so I decided to pull up some of the dying B. Japonica plants from my 50 gallon and try them in here. it may be a little crowded but in a month or two I think it'll look amazing. (or I hope it will at least!!) here are some photographs of it as of 15 min, ago.









oh and I found a lone flatworm...wonderful, and here I thought I was keeping the water nice and clean to prevent another outbreak. I'll have to start doing more frequent and smaller water changes to keep them from coming back again.


Sorry about the first photographs quality, I'll have to replace it tomorrow when i get the camera out again...not sure why it was so different from the others. (all taken with low ISO -80 so it should not have been so noisy...)
hope you enjoy!
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Ok, here is another update...for a rather out of date thread!











the UG will be coming out eventually as the HC encroaches on its space.
 

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Thank you BenBomb! The Moss is Weeping moss or so I was told.

Thanks Jay973, I'm glad you both like it. My first 99% successful Aquascape in my opinion. Though my endlers both jumped out a few nights ago and have since replaced them...
 

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catfishbi: I made my own light fixture. At homedepot they sell 12" Under cabinet T5 fixtures for $10.00 USD each. I don't have a full DIY for it so I'll just post the photographs here.


This is the metal I started with.


The viewable portion.


the light not turned on. (before I added a second ballast)


The two ballasts running at a total of 16 watts bringing my WPG to 8.

Chris: They are plenaria, a flat worm that is supposedly not parasitic and the fish will eat them. They have since vanished from my aquariums. They have only showed up in tanks with shrimp. it may be due to the added waste they produce.
 

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Yes, but T5's are 100% better than the CF screw in bulbs in my opinion at least. Plus...I had a lot of fun designing the light. ;)
 

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I'm sure it was fun, I just don't understand how they are any better, if anything they are fully the same except CFL bulbs use less watts.
CFL's are more of a spotlight effect, where as T5's are more uniform.
With the style of my light fixture I made it would be hard to fit two large CFL's in there.
The wattage would actually be more because I'd have to buy two of the lowest wattage CFL's which I think is 13 watts each bringing it to the total to 26 watts.
 

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Lol, yeah it does...I'm glad I don't have to worry about the size of my aquariums. being 2 gallons up to 75 gallons. ;)
 

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I am sad that my Blyxa Japonica is not growing much except for roots. here is the recent photograph

 

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Sorry Tex Gal, I missed your post!

Thank you very much for the compliment! I fell in love with the metal and needed to do something with it. Thank you.
 
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