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Lately, I've been enjoying planting nano-sized tanks. Here are 2 of my recent set-ups.

The fist photo is of a Dymax IQ3 nano tank. I got it from BigAlsOnline.ca. It's really tiny -- approximately 6 litres, by my measurement, including the water in the filter. (I think that the tank itself is about 1 to 1.2 gallons) One of my kids looked at it and said, "Oh, how cute! It looks like a miniature aquarium diurama! Even the plants are tiny!"

The IQ3 is planted with plants from Tim Burton (AquaFlora), and Scholz gave me the nano-sized driftwood and rocks. The light is an LED and it comes with the tank. The filter is built into the tank, too.

The second tank is an 8 gallon rimless that I got from Corwin (Munster Tanks). I have already posted this picture on a page in the sponsor section, but I thought I'd include it here. The plants in this tank are also mostly from Tim at AquaFlora, with a couple from Stuart (CRS_Fan). The light is a 15Watt Macro-Glo from BigAls and the filter is an Eheim Liberty from Island Pets.

Both tanks have Eco-Complete as a substrate. The 8 gallon rimless is home to a few endlers and cherry shrimp but the IQ3 has only flora at this time.
 

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Thanks! The IQ3 is so small that now I never need to be without an aquarium, if I don't want to. I can just tote it to the breakfast table...

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Thanks! The IQ3 is so small that now I never need to be without an aquarium, if I don't want to. I can just tote it to the breakfast table...

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that IQ3 is pretty cool would like to get one myself, luckily I have a tank on each side of my table already lol
 

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The plants in the nano IQ3 tank are:

Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite'
Marsilea quadrifolia (looks like tiny shamrocks, reportedly an easy-care carpeting plant)
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B' (1 stem at the back)
Alternanthera reineckii 'Pink' (roseafolia) (1 tiny stem, kind of hidden at the moment)
and a bit of: Ammannia ssp. 'Bonsai'
 

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Thank you, everybody! (beaming proudly!)

Scholz, I laughed when I read your comment, that you loved what I did with the driftwood. All I did was stick it into the tank and perch some anubias onto it. I put it exactly where you had suggested. It sat there obediently.

Then, it drifted up and flipped belly-up.

I spent several minutes pushing it back into the substrate as it floated up, each time having to also tuck all the surrounding plants back into the substrate again. It was a bit like trying to stand a feather on a table in a tornado -- all the plants were going round and round because my hand took up so much of the tank space. In the end, cacaphony. But fun! And I like the way it turned out.
 

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It'll water log pretty quick as i had it water logged allready but then it dried out some. Give it a week and it'll do as it's told...

You picked the place and which one to use all i did was stand there....

It may grow some white fuzzyness around it for a bit... this will go away with time and is nothing to be worried about...
 

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It was mostly floating up because my hand was disturbing things in the small space. It's sitting quite nicely now, helped along only a little by a few plant weights. :)

I really love that little piece of grapevine! Thank you so much!

It'll water log pretty quick as i had it water logged allready but then it dried out some. Give it a week and it'll do as it's told...

You picked the place and which one to use all i did was stand there....

It may grow some white fuzzyness around it for a bit... this will go away with time and is nothing to be worried about...
 

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Two great nano setups , good job.Looks like smaller setups are becoming more popular these days with most aquarists.Stores , offices, schools, peoples homes and so on are few places i seen them at.Best of luck with them , keep us updated.
 

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Thank you, Luke! I like the nanos because they're fun to plant and I'm hoping to keep one of them on my desk. However, I wouldn't make anything smaller than 5 gallons a permanent home for any fish. I am hoping that a few baby endlers might enjoy the 1.2 gallon tank while they're very little but I've got a 12 gallon in the wings as a nursery!

Maybe some cherry shrimp could live permanently in a tank that's only 1.2 gallons. What do you think?
 

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Nice nano planted!!

The iq3 is a great tank, makes me wanna get one for a Saltwater pico reef.....
 

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Wow, these tanks look very nice. Now if I could just get the right plants for my 8 gallon I would be good to go. I am still looking for the special carpeting plant for it.

Good job, Maureen :)!

Stuart
 
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