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Small tank for our chem lab?
Old 01-30-2010, 09:02 PM   #1
 
Small tank for our chem lab?

Hey guys, in addition to school, i work in a chemical lab. I was talking to my supervisor about fish, and he gave me a desiccator for a "lab fish."
Anyway, it holds about 1 gallon, so I was hoping some of you more experienced folk could make some suggestions as to what type of fish I could put in it? I have to take care of it, so hopefully something that's not too messy, and doesn't require a lot of maintenance!
Also, desiccators are interestingly shaped (for a tank), maybe you could give me some ideas- the holes in the platform are just begging to be used for something creative! (plants?)
Also, would silica gel be a poor substrate?

For those of you that don't know, this is what it looks like, although our platform is glass (so it's clear):




It's funny how they're supposed to keep stuff dry, and I'm going to fill it with water. xD
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
 
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I suggest you put substrate in it & plants and call it even.
For one most fish are schooling fish and a school of fish if the smallest one's are chosen and properly kept need a 10g. Despite what you see in cups in stores; there's not a single fish out there that you can permanently house in a 1g jug that's just simply not adequate.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:40 PM   #3
 
Bahaha, ok, what about shrimp then? Would those be ok?
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:32 PM   #4
 
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Exactly what are you trying to do with this 1g chem lab set up?
Pls don't get me wrong but its kinda like me asking "I have a 1bdrm house can I keep a horse in there"; Most people keep fish, shrimp, cray's, frogs etc to recreate a piece of nature to the best of their knowledge adequately inside their home...
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:47 PM   #5
 
Aesthetic appeal?
Its more of a decorative thing. We want a fish because it will look nice, and unique. It'll distinguish us from the other labs in the facility ;) (In a good way- we don't want to be like biochem 309 who are distinguished by their lack of productivity.)
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:51 PM   #6
 
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For a minimal amount, I suggest you and your lab mates put in some money and purchase a set up together. Say you all put in 25 bucks and IDK how many of you are in your lab, but say there are six of you...$150 dollars can you get real far...and all of it for 25 bucks a person.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:00 AM   #7
 
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Don't use the silica gel! I think if you filled that thing with water and had silica gel as the "substrate" you'd end up with a bowl full of fish trapped in jello.

I'm not sure I like the idea of using that as a fish tank. Other than that valve on top it looks pretty air-tight, which would be a bad thing.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:22 AM   #8
 
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For a minimal amount, I suggest you and your lab mates put in some money and purchase a set up together. Say you all put in 25 bucks and IDK how many of you are in your lab, but say there are six of you...$150 dollars can you get real far...and all of it for 25 bucks a person.
Yeah, well, we were just trying for something simple =p kind of like a goldfish bowl.. We'd rather not spend a lot of money, haha.

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Don't use the silica gel! I think if you filled that thing with water and had silica gel as the "substrate" you'd end up with a bowl full of fish trapped in jello.
Tee hee, I'm glad someone got it =p
Also, that lid comes off, so it's not airtight- so that'll be good.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:06 AM   #9
 
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One gallon is still really small. It could make a pretty nice shrimp tank though. Maybe a really small sponge filter, some plants, some cherry shrimp and a desk lamp with a good bulb for plants?
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:47 PM   #10
 
What do people put in those little nano cube things? Those are about 1 gallon.. I know some of my floormates have 3 fish in a 1 gal- even I said they must be cramped. They're each 1-2" >.<
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