Joined: Jul 04, 2003 Posts: 1133 Location: Coimbatore, India
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:45 pm Post subject: Re: Help Needed : Nano planted tank project
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 ?
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!
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