Low tech Office Nano

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    Hello

    Here is the nano I set up at the office to make the desk less grey and dreary. Its been up for a week and I'm getting a lot of positive comments. Its still cycling so no fish yet. Its been interesting to see how people stop and intently look for fish though.

    Tank: Boyu from Fish-etc. (Don't visit - its too full of wonderful tempting stuff)
    Dimensions: 30hx20wx25h
    Light: LED's built in to hood
    Substrate: Crushed volcanic rock
    Ferts: Root tabs to start with
    Plants: E. Tennelus, Lileopsis (I think, sold to me as eelgrass) and HM
    Livestock: I'm thinking of a few Endler guppies, but must still find them

    The lights look dim but I've read that with LED's although it looks dim to the human eye there is more light penetrating the water than one thinks. I'm going to see how the plants do and add more LED strip lights later if needed. Alternatively I might change this to a fern, moss tank and keep the lights as is. Because this tank is at work I want to keep it simple and easy.

    The tank came with an internal filter which I ditched as it was too ugly and created a bit of a hectic water flow. I am figuring out if I can modify the hood to allow for an HOB filter or if I can get a small canister or DIY a small canister. It doesn't look that hard to do. In the meantime I'm going with water changes.

    Here are the pictures. All comment and feedback much appreciated.

    This is the hood with the LED lights

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    Here is the hardscape

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    And what it looks like planted

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    hmm.. i dont see any LED light strips.. i do like ur scape though :)

    hmm maybe try one of those mini boyu canister filters? im not sure if you can get them anymore though.. but if ur lucky, maybe ur LFS may have one?
     
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    thats cool man!! :thumb:
     
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    With a tank like this at work I wont be able to concentrate. :laugh:
     
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    Doubt you'd be able to grow much under those. Does it get any natural light from office window perhaps?

    That center piece looks intriguing, is it a feeding hole? I'm thinking it could be modified to allow some high power LED's on heatsink or ditch the hood and use a desk lamp.
     
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    The center is a feeding hole. There are LED's built into the ring around the feeding hole.

    Ditching the hood would be the easiest way to go, also because the hood is very flat and it doesn't have enough height to allow me to use an HOB very easily.

    There is no natural light and my colleagues all want to keep the hood. The tank has been running for a week and the HM is growing. Everything else is looking healthy. So I think its worth seeing how the plants grow with the lighting I have before starting to modify. How long does it take before one can tell if the plants aren't getting enough light. I don't mind if they grow slowly, just as long as they are healthy.
     
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    When they start to melt is generally a good sign that the light isn't stron enough.. Or very leggy tall growth..
     
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    Im also for keeping the hood - more professional finish than an open top tank standing in an office....

    Maybe consider jerry rigging a 8W T5 under there for extra light,shouldnt be to hard to do - there is space...
     

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