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Re: [APD] Micro plant tank ideas?
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 19:03:01 -0800
From: "Jared Morris" <jmorris at infostations_com>
Subject: Re: [APD] Micro plant tank ideas?
To: "aquatic plants digest" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
I personally think the mini bow 2.5 makes a great micro plant tank. I work
at a LFS, and have set up two of these as plant tanks in the past couple
Here is what I've done to make them suitable:
1- Replace the Whisper cartridge with a sponge and some good bio-media like
Ehiem efi-lav or the like. keep the water level above the outflow to reduce
excess surface agitation.
2 - Replace the standard incandescent light with a screw in 5500K cf.
3 - Use Florite or Flora Base as the substrate, and input carbon using
Flourish excel carbon.
4 - Choose smaller plants like pygmy chain sword, corkscrew val, small
5 - Buy a 5 watt submersible heater like this http://tinyurl.com/2ybum
All good except the last suggestion. The heater is just an unregulated
5W resistor in a *plastic* tube. The effect of 110V hitting the wet sand
when it fails is more than just spectacular.
It does *not* automatically regulate to 76F, AFAIK, and you can get them
from Wally World for less than the shipping cost in the ebay ad cited!
I strongly suggest you use a low-Wattage glass heater with a thermostat
(25W 6" units are available) and avoid this plastic hazard.
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