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Re: [APD] your miniature tanks

If the tank is only about a gallon or so, consider doing
something along the lines of what Karen did in her 3/4g --
instead of substrate, use a stiff mesh or small "egg-crate"
cover with a ground cover plant. I recall that Karen used a
stiff mesh such as is used for counted-cross-stitch--
sometimes called plastic canvas or free-form mesh


Then the whole thing can be lifted out for cleaning. It's
hard to take water out or put water back in a tiny tank
without disturbing the substrate.

A small tank is one place where Monosolenium tenerum
(formerly misreferred to as "pellia") can be used without
the usual problems -- there isn't enough tank for it to be
blown about by water currents ;-). Slow growing crypts can
work well, such as C. undulata or C. walkeri (lutea) if you
keep them trimmed back. Echinodorus Parviflorus 'Tropica'
can work, since it grows so slowly and stays so compact
unless given tremedous amounts of light and food.

If you can't any E. parviflorus let me know and I'll check
whether my are decent enough to go out of the house.

With a small tank, it's easier to find small hang-on
filters than canisters. Small clamp-on power compact work
lights are one thing to consider. Or one or more of the Red
Sea lights for their tiny tanks -- for example:


The colors are gaudy tomy eye but other than that, they
work well.

If you're going to heat the tank, a mini heater that fits
in the filter or that can be tucked out of view 



 -- else, consider a temperate tank.

If you put in shrimp, be sure to cover the tank ;-)

enjoy life in gallons,

--- Liz Wilhite <satirica at gmail_com> wrote:

> Hey Yall,
>  I hope to be in a new job within the next few weeks and
> would like to put a
> tiny tank on my desk -- a max of 3 gallons, min of
> something approaching a
> gallon. I've looked at what Karen Randall has posted on
> her site, and her
> tank is beautiful. I know that some of you have tiny
> tanks, and was
> wondering what works and what doesn't. Richard posted
> info about some
> unusual containers he found to use as tanks, and I'd be
> interested in
> knowing what you use whether "standard" or "creative".
> I'm particularly
> interested in how you light your tank, filter, dose, etc.
> If you don't have
> a tiny tank but have read info on products that are
> currently available that
> you think might be useful, I'd love to hear about that,
> too.
>  I'd also love to know what sort of plants you use to
> aquascape your tank,
> or plants you think would be appropriate. Do you use
> Excel? What sort of
> fauna? I might sound like a woos here but I think I want
> a shrimp only tank
> because I'm concerned that any fish would find the tank
> too cramped or would
> be a community fish that would be lost without a shoal to
> hang out with.
> Opinions?
>  Thanks,
> Liz
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