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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:19 pm Post subject: Help Needed : Nano planted tank project Reply with quote

 I  am  going  to  make  a  nano  planted  tank.  Tank  dimensions  will  be  1F(Length)  X  1FT(Height)  X  1FT(breadth).  It  is  going  to  be  fully  planted  and  a  cardinal  tetra  tank.  My  questions  are  :
 Should  I  make  it  acrylic  or  glass  ?
 What  filtration  shall  I  use  ?
 Where  in  kolkata  can  I  find  acrylic  sheets  ?
 What  type  of  hood  shall  I  use  and  where  can  I  find  it  ?
 Suggest  some  low-light  plants  ?
 Should  I  use  laterite  ?If  yes,  what  brand  and  what  is  it's  cost  ?
 Are  the  dimensions  all  right  or  what  dimensions  will  be  better  ?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:45 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed : Nano planted tank project Reply with quote

 I  just  setup  my  planted  nano,  and  so  I  would  be  glad  to  give  you  some  inputs.
 12  inch  cube  would  be  awesome  for  a  planted  nano.  So,  to  answer  your  questions:
 Should  I  make  it  acrylic  or  glass  ?  
 Glass  is  better,  as  acrylic  can  easily  get  scratched,  when  you  do  your  maintenence.  You  can  go  in  for  an  all  glass  tank  with  8  mm  thickness,  with  all  edges  of  all  glass  pieces  high  polished.  Will  look  damn  neat.
 What  filtration  shall  I  use  ?  
 In  nano  tanks,  as  space  is  very  limited,  the  best  would  be  something  external.  As  cannisters  for  this  size  are  not  available,  your  only  option  would  be  a  Hang  on  Back  filter.  You  could  go  in  for  an  Eheim  Liberty  2040[the  smallest  model],  as  it  would  cost  you  only  under  Rs.  1000.  Its  excellent,  and  will  do  the  job  for  you.
 Where  in  kolkata  can  I  find  acrylic  sheets  ?  
 Not  needed.
 What  type  of  hood  shall  I  use  and  where  can  I  find  it  ?  
 As  nano  tanks  are  very  small  water  bodies,  heating  could  become  a  major  issue.  I  would  advise  you  to  keep  it  topless,  so  heat  dissipation  is  at  its  best.
 Suggest  some  low-light  plants  ?  
 Why  low,  when  you  can  easily  light  up  a  tank  well?  Do  you  have  any  particular  reason?  I  would  suggest  you  install  two  36  Watt  PLLs,  and  you  can  forget  about  lighting!  That  will  give  you  72  Watts  of  lighting  over  7.5  gallons!  But  as  general  Watt/Gal  rules  dont  actually  come  into  force  in  nanos,  this  will  be  really  cool.
 I  would  suggest  you  try  to  grow  HC,  and  scape  the  tank  with  only  rocks.  Rockscaping  with  plants  is  called  Iwagumi,  and  you  could  google  iwagumi  for  resources.
 Or  you  could  use  one  real  nice  driftwood  as  centerpiece[slightly  offcenter  obviously].
 Should  I  use  laterite  ?If  yes,  what  brand  and  what  is  it's  cost  ?  
 Yes,  laterite  will  do  you  good.  Laterite  doesnt  cost  you  anything,  its  just  that  you  need  to  find  it.  You  need  about  a  teacup  full  of  laterite  for  you  tank.
 Are  the  dimensions  all  right  or  what  dimensions  will  be  better  ?
 These  are  absolutely  cool.  You  can  make  some  stunning  tanks  with  this  size,  if  you  are  inclined!
 Here's  some  stuff  for  inspiration:
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