Desktop Planted Nano

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    Hi,
    I thought I'd share with you a little idea that I have been thinking about for a while for a vertically oriented desktop planted aquarium. I need it to have a fairly small base since space is at a premium on my desk, so I was thinking of a tank with a base of 30cmx30cm and a height of 50cm to increase the viewable volume of the tank since low tanks generally end up with you staring at the choppy surface without a fish in sight. I used the glass thickness calucaltor available on MASA and I came up with 10mm glass for the base and 6mm for the sides with bracing at the top. Will that do?

    The tank is intended to be planted so I was wandering what type of lighting you guys would recommend- Bare in mind I am on a budget. I will be investing in some planting substrate like Seachem Flourite and I'll be using a DIY CO2 system. I am unsure about the plants at the moment, I would really like to keep some HC or glosso as a carpeting plant but I have heard that they can be a bit tricky. I'd like to take up the challenge of growing them but if it is unrealistic then let me know. I would also like to try phoenix moss tied to driftwood to give the tank an open and minimalistic but still green look.
     
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    Nice man sound interesting, personally I dont see the need for 10mm base and no need for bracing either.

    But if you want to go for it.
     
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    50 cm is quite high, I wouldn't go with anything other than LED but that will pretty much blow your budget.
     
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    Why dont you rather go 45 high this is much better for planted tanks.
     
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    I could go 45cm high. If I did would I be able to use T5's? And would a 6mm base be adequate?
     
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    Yes with 45cm high you can use t5 tubes and yes 6mm glass is used to build a standard 3 foot tank you could use 8mm for the base if you want to have piece of mind but personally I dont think it is needed.
     
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    Okay so I'll go for a 30cmLx30cmWx45cmH tank with 6mm glass all round. What sort of wattage should I be looking at in order to keep glosso at that depth?
     
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    Does anyone know from where I can get ADA Aquasoil or an equivalent?
     
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    You can get it at hillcrest pets, Eurospirit and northlands.
     
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    Thanks Sean J, I will stop off there this weekend.
    I got quotes for the glass- The summary of it is that it will be a little too costly to build my own tank. So instead I am going to use my old 46cmLx23cmDx23cmH tank as it has a nice small base and is a lot shallower so the lighting will be more effective.
    I also wanted to experiment with a mini sump made out of a 30cmx15cmx15cm tank to maximise space in the display tank, the only issue with this is the need for an overflow, any suggestions?
     
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    Okay cool man think it should work nicely for you, personally I dont think it is worth it using a sump for such a small tank. Just get yourself a hob filter and maybe a very small internal filter for extra water flow, plants need good flow so that the ferts can be spready nicely.

    Good luck.
     
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    I think you're right, I may be over complicating things. I have an old HOB filter and a few small internal filters that I use for my grow-out tanks. What kind of ferts should I get to start off with?
     
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    Yeah they will work nicely. Yeah dont over complicate things to much keep it simple. It all depends on your budget you could go the tropica specialized range which is a all in one fert cost about about R230 for 300 mil and for you small tank it will last a couple of months. Or you could go the seachem range nitrogen potassium and phosphorus, flourish comprehensive, iron and excel.
     
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    Thanks @hviviers75. This advice is really helpful. Any ideas for fish? I was thinking a small shoal of some kind of tetra or rasbora.
     
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    Pleasure dude, yeah keep it at one species of fish maybe a couple of micro rasboras or some cherry barbs.
     
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    I like the sound of those, I have also wanted to try getting a group of rummynose tetras but would my tank be too small for a school of 6 rummynoses?
     

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