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post #1 of 25 Old 02-26-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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3 Gallon Setup Log (lots of pics)

Hey guys. So I had some Red Cherry Shrimp in my 10gallon who were doing great, untill I added 2 new Sparkling Gourami's, who saw them as food . So I decided to set up a small tank just for them. Sadly I was not fast enough with the new tank and I dont think any of them made it, but I have new shrimp on the way.

I first bought a standard 2.5 gallon rectangle tank, and realized that those things are almost impossible to work with. you need to take the light and the glass off everytime you need to feed and its hard to fit airline and cords through the plasitc. Also I could not find a small enough heater and songe filter that would work well in the tank. Well today at my LFS I found the Marineland eclipse 3 gallon on sale and decided to go for it. Here is my quick setup log:

First, I painted the black back. I used Latex Enamel and a small foam brush. I have done this for a 10 and 5 gallon and found it to be quicker and eaiser than spray paint (at least on smaller tanks).



You will see brush strokes after the first coat and thats OK. I do the first coat very light, and use a fan to dry the tank. Im ready for another light coat in about 15 mins once it is dry to the touch. I did three coats. Not saying this method will work for everyone, but it works for me:




I modified the Eclipse filter with a utility knife. I removed the plastic that held the carbon and dumped that. I then could fit the "bio rings" (i think they are fluval brand) from an established tank where the carbon was.




I used a fluval edge pre filter over the filter intake so I dont suck up any babies:


I filled with black sand and Planted. Added a heater (tetra 15watt)






Wood is from established tanks.
Plants are:
Pygmy Chain Sword ( can anyone tell me what the "web stuff" is on the leaves" Hair algae?)
Anubis
Java Moss
Moss Ball

Im debating if I should add some MTS or not. I guess they would eat food the MTS would eat wich would keep my RCS population low.

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Looks nice. I also put my RCS in a 3 gallon, so my 5 gallon could be a QT tank. I do plan on getting rid of some soon however, as they breed to fast to keep them all in such a small space.

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Thanks! I hope to have many cause a friend may want some, or many I can trade them to the LFS.

I placed 1 shrimp pellet in the tank to give off ammonia and keep the bacteria fed untill the shrimp arrive. I don't know if this is necessary since all the plants will be enough to remove ammonia when the shrimp arrive, but I did it anyway lol.

I also need to figure out how many drops of flourish I need weekly as I don't want extra copper in there.
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Flourish Comp is 5mL to 60g, so that's 0.083 (repeating) per gallon. 0.083 (repeating) multiplied by 3 gallons is 0.249 (repeating). So you'll dose 0.25mL of Flourish Comp. This is how much I dose my Eclipse 3. Enjoy!

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Flourish Comp is 5mL to 60g, so that's 0.083 (repeating) per gallon. 0.083 (repeating) multiplied by 3 gallons is 0.249 (repeating). So you'll dose 0.25mL of Flourish Comp. This is how much I dose my Eclipse 3. Enjoy!
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So im just noticing the tank is about 84 degrees. I assume because of the light, and because the plastic tank is not as good an insulator as glass. Will this be an issue? I also assume the temp will go down to 78 at night when the lights are off.
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So im just noticing the tank is about 84 degrees. I assume because of the light, and because the plastic tank is not as good an insulator as glass. Will this be an issue? I also assume the temp will go down to 78 at night when the lights are off.
I think that will be a problem. 84 degrees is a bit too hot, and likely it's the big swing in temps that will also be a problem. I'd buy a florescent bulb. They make those, even with a regular bulb base. Check out a fish store and see if you can get a 15 watt max bulb that is not a incandescent bulb.

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Hmm . Well now im at a loss. The bulb is a t5 so there is not much I can do to fix this. It is generating a fair amount of heat. The bottom of the filter pump does sit in the water but that does not seem too hot.

I am propping the hood open with a few folded business cards to let some air flow into the tank. If this helps I will have to mod the tank somehow to create air slits
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Hmm . Well now im at a loss. The bulb is a t5 so there is not much I can do to fix this. It is generating a fair amount of heat. The bottom of the filter pump does sit in the water but that does not seem too hot.

I am propping the hood open with a few folded business cards to let some air flow into the tank. If this helps I will have to mod the tank somehow to create air slits
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I florescent bulb does not put out enough heat to cause this. You need to adjust your heater, and trying to heat a tank that small is always a bit dangerous. What type of heater are you using? Something is wrong, if your heater is fluctating like that. Are you sure you don't have it plugged in to an outlet, than goes "out" when a switch on the wall is turned off? Why else would you have that kind of temperature range from day to night?

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Looks really good, you got some nice live plants in there
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