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Re: Tiny plant tank

> Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 14:15:40 +0000
> From: Jessica <jminier at adhoc_com>
> I hope I'm sending this to the right place:). I'm new to the list and
> have a question (or five) for all you plant-y people. I'm thinking of
> using an old 5 gallon tank I have as an office tank. I'd like to put my
> 3 danios and an algae eater in there with some plants, but as my only
> experience w/plants is on my 25 gallon goldfish tank, I have numerous
> questions about this setup!
> 1. The "hood" holds two incandescent bulbs. I've seen those pink "full
> spectrum" incans in my local hardware store. Would those be any good?
> What does everyone think I should try using? The tank is so short, no
> flourescent would work over it unless it were suspended and as our
> office has 30 foot ceilings...

You could try a compact fluorescent from your favorite hardware store.
I have a 9w one in a garage-sale incandescent hood.  They don't always
fit, so take the hood to the store and try it first.  I've seen special
ones for plants for more money, but the common ones work well despite 
the yellow color.  I've got mine on my 15-gallon quarantine/breeding
tank which is now choked with Java moss, hornwort, Java fern and duckweed
with this minimal amount of light.

> 4. Filtration: I was thinking about a Penguin Mini w/biowheel. Anyone
> know anything good or bad about them? I've heard they are about
> dollhouse size :), which would be perfect. I have an Aquaclear mini on
> my ten gallon, but it seems awefully large in comparison to this tank.
> Any other small filer ideas?

You probably don't even need a filter.  Change a few quarts of water
weekly - use the old water to water the office plants.