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JaybieFromTheLB 12-10-2013 01:47 AM

lowest possible tech aquarium
 
So I just upgraded my aquarium and I still have the old 10 gallon. I really don't want it to collect dust so I decided to keep it on top of my dresser. The only problem is I need to have this tank the lowest amount of tech possible. I have a limit on how much power I can use in my room (which is really my garage). I was considering a blue crawfish tank but I heard they grow pretty big. Does anyone have any suggestions? Preferably a setup that doesnt require heat.
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rsskylight04 12-10-2013 02:47 AM

I just turned my spare 10 gal into a dirt- base tank with sand cap. My vision for this tank is to be heavily planted with maybe a few very small fish or guppy fry. I don't know how cold your garage gets but platies are good down to about 68f. It wouldn't take much electricity to maintain 68 if your starting from room temp. If its closer to outdoor temp you would need a big (200 watt) heater and of course more electricity. If your really set on no heater, you might consider native fish.
I hope this helps you. Good luck with your new (old) tank.

Flint 12-12-2013 06:40 AM

You could get some rechargeable flashlights for lighting and use a heater or do a NPT. I just can't see many (if any) fish suitable for a 10 gallon doing okay without a heater. What about an Axlotl? Their minimum tank size is 10 gallons and as long as it doesn't get too cold in the garage, you wouldn't need a heater. They like cold water.
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