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Re: [APD] Micro plant tank ideas?

Message: 6
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
cryps, etc.

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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