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Nano Pandora boxes

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by biobio, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Recently I started new project: Nano tanks everywhere in my surroundings.
    They will be extreme and crazy: Extreme lighting, extreme setups, extreme tank design, extreme nuber of them,....

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    Already I am working on a few of them but in this moment this crazy tank below is at the top of my interests
    Named USB, less then 30lit, with top filtration and backscreen (I used old computer monitor that matches dimensions of tank)

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you hiding your next Aquascape here in Pandora's Box ?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    All nano tanks from this project will be Pandora's boxes: do not touch, do not open.
    I will try to make them low maintenance.
    It all started nearly 2 years ago with this sealed biosphere: shrimps, snails anubias. (1 Lit sealed bottle at my office desk)

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    Even befor (4 years ago) I made 6 lit nano (link below) and this tank is still running few years latter in low maintenance mode...
    These are attempts from the early stages of my nano Pandora project: do not touch concept and the first attempts playing with backlight

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    or unusual upside down setup (with green above)

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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Now that intrigues me very much. I can see its perfectly sealed how do the inhabitants survive?
    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I just realized that my creative nano madness had been present from the very beginning.
    More than five years ago in nano triptich topic (link below) I was playing with unusual positioning 3 tanks (not the same size) in the row and backlight effects.

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    Pandora's boxes were always somewhere close to me waiting to be open...
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    I even replied to that post then all those years back.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    This is called the biosphere - closed eco-system. If it is well-established than it is self-sustainable and only needs sunlight and proper room temperature...
    My was not totally perfect and shrimps died after few months, but snails and anubias were still OK.
    Google "small biosphere or ecospehere" and you will find a lot of interesting things about this topic...
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    We are longstanding ASW members communicating since prehistoric times...

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  9. biobio

    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hard scape done. Top opening is small 10 x 30 cm, so I use 6 small driftwoods and branches. Position find, superglued, lava, soil and brown gravel added...
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    The question is: DSM (I never did it before) or underwater start???
     
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    Not often I see DW in position and say to myself WOW this is going to look fantastic.

    DSM My suggestion would be open a new thread and ask that question as there are several members who have done the DSM very successfully.

    One concern at the moment how deep is your substrate and is it deep enough for your plants?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    With monitor on and marine big fishes behind tank looks a bit kitschy as it is with cheap aquarium back wallpeper..
    The secret is in motion images, not in a static photo presentation.
    In order to get impression this video with intro of fantastic Terrrence Malick film "Voyage of time" on a back screen will be a good start...

     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Another one done.
    Very nice dimension L*H*D 45*25*20cm, 22lit, open top, RGB+white 24 W LED, soil + brown/black gravel, 5pcs of driftwood glued, CO2 and plants (carpet) will be...
    Name: Look over the shoulder
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    A very appropriate name you have chosen.

    I like the way you have positioned the DW as every piece is pointing to some interesting point in your future Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Another done. Named "Hydra", with hexagonal front glass, approximately 20 lit. First I wanted this tank to be open top

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    Later I decided to cover it with glass.Tthrough the holes for hoses and cords I wriggle branches out and made outside part of setup.

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    This mythical monster

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    now looks like:

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    In Australia we call those tanks "Bay Windows" as used in houses
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    I prefer to open tank look as it looks very natural.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Aesthetically I prefer it also, but:
    Evaporation 1-2cm daily,
    Lime traces on the edge of tank (from hard water),
    Fish jump out of tank,
    humidity in the room,
    etc...

    I think that transparent glass cover is a good compromise
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    As we would say in Aust "Fair enough" in other words I fully agree with you 110% Practically over Aesthetics.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    biobio Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hydra filled with water and life...

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    I like the setting you have there that palm gives it the finishing touch.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cool tank!! I like how the wood sticks out!


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