Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > Show Off/Photography
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-15-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
My Office Tank

Ok, here is my 2.5g FW tank that sits atop my cube at work. It has 4 Fancy Male Guppies in it. No heater, just a Duetto 50 Filter that also aerates the water with a little snorkel on it. I never asked the boss to see if it was ok to set it up, but so far, the only thing anyone has said was that it was a great idea! I actually started with a discarded old glass punch bowl. That broke when I was cleaning it one day, so I went a bought this little rectangle one. I am right next to the copier, so people stop to look at the fish all the time. It has become quite a popular item.

I used flattened glass marbles as the substrate, but I am finding that uneaten food and poop ends up collecting down in the cracks. I am wondering if I should swap that out for some of the extra gravel I put in my new planted tank at home. I have been able to use a turkey baster to "pump" water through the marbles to get the junk floating and let the filter pick it up, but does anyone have an opinion on this, other than how it looks?
Attached Images
 
__________________

__________________
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2008, 11:09 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Karegg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 185
Send a message via Yahoo to Karegg
I have the same flattened marbles in my poor goldfish's bowl, and I run into the same issue.

That's pretty cool, though! I'd get another plastic plant or two - or anything else, really, to provide just a bit more cover for the fish.
__________________

__________________
Karegg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2008, 03:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Paty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 80
Send a message via Yahoo to Paty
Those flattenened marbles do become a hassle, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to swap them out. When I bought them for my goldfish's bowl I was just thinking they would look nicer than the multi-colored gravel, I wasn't really thinking about food getting stuck in the cracks.

So, it might just be easier for you to swap it! Looks good though, post pics if/when you decide to change it. : )
__________________
Paty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:34 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
marchmaxima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,209
Send a message via Skype™ to marchmaxima
that's a very cute tank!
__________________
Sharon : Melbourne, Australia
Me on Twitter
4x4x2 FW planted | 15g FW planted | 3.5g FW planted pico
marchmaxima is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2008, 02:41 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
Thanks! I think I'm going to do the gravel swap this next week, if I can find the time. I also plan to create a black background by cutting out a piece of Lawn & Leaf bag and sticking it to the back of the tank with static cling. It worked with my big tank at home, so I'm hoping it will work with this one too. I think I'm gonna get some small real plants and replace the little suction-cupped one that's in there now.
__________________
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 05:59 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
I just changed the substrate and got rid of the flattened glass marbles. I also added some real plants and a black background. What do you think??
Attached Images
 
__________________
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 06:02 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Paty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 80
Send a message via Yahoo to Paty
Looks good, maybe just a few more real plants, but I like it! And at least now you don't have to mess with those marbles, I'll be changing mine soon too. : )
__________________
Paty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 06:07 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
There actually are 2 Java ferns on either side that you can't really see in the picture. Their darker, almost reddish color really adds to the color of the tank. The bright stuff in the middle is Amazon Sword. Hopefully they will all grow and I can use them to plant in other tanks as MTS sets in
__________________
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 06:15 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Paty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 80
Send a message via Yahoo to Paty
Awesome! Like I said it looks good, can't wait to see more pics! : )
__________________
Paty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 06:25 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
warped1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Philly, Pa.
Posts: 364
Beautiful - I really wish I could keep a tank at work - but with the Neanderthals I work with I know something bad will happen to it
__________________
warped1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 11:00 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 72
NewB question... what does MTS stand for?!?
__________________
chadthedad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 11:14 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
Quote:
Originally Posted by chadthedad View Post
NewB question... what does MTS stand for?!?
Multiple Tank Syndrome. It's contagious...
__________________
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 12:23 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
pitt420dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh! Home of the 6 Time Superbowl Champs!
Posts: 1,048
Send a message via AIM to pitt420dude
**cough cough cough**

Spreads like wild fire.

Nice tank Catatonic. Simple. Thats a good thing so you're not tempted to always be messing with it at work. Maybe I oughta get a job where I can keep a small tank, lol.
__________________
Thank you so much for all your help. I'm back into the hobby with a new vigor!

LOOK! A NEW LEAF!!!!!
pitt420dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 02:32 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
marchmaxima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,209
Send a message via Skype™ to marchmaxima
My own office here looks kinda ordinary with no pictures or anything. Just my desk and a small credenza WHICH WOULD LOOK AWESOME WITH A LARGE BETTA BOWL!

What were you saying about MTS?
__________________
Sharon : Melbourne, Australia
Me on Twitter
4x4x2 FW planted | 15g FW planted | 3.5g FW planted pico
marchmaxima is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 09:18 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Sahabo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 657
Send a message via AIM to Sahabo Send a message via Yahoo to Sahabo
It's looking real nice, Catatonic. I like the contrast with the substrate and the background. Excellent that you have live plants. Would love to see some close up pics!
__________________
-Heidi
10 gallon:1 Betta, 4 otos, 3 Rasbora hengeli
5.5 gallon: 2 otos and 3 Emerald Eye Rasboras
Sahabo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2008, 10:09 AM   #16
SW REEF 20+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,694
Very nice looking tank.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2008, 09:20 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
Hood for my 2.5g tank

I just completed a project this week. Since I put plants in my 2.5g tank, I wanted to be sure that they had enouh light. I just made a hood for my tank. It's designed to wrap around a cover the top trim of the tank. The top opens up to allow access to the bulb and the water. The outside is finished with glossy black paint and the inside is gloss white for reflective purpose. This is the third lighting fixture I've made, to allow me to use the standard socket, CFL bulbs. The other two are lined with aluminum foil, but are just fixtures that sit on top of the glass. This one is the first time I have made a complete hood. I know it's tiny, but it was kinda fun!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2.5g hood closed.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	99.2 KB
ID:	13525   Click image for larger version

Name:	2.5g hood open front.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	86.5 KB
ID:	13526  

Click image for larger version

Name:	2.5g hood open rear.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	81.2 KB
ID:	13527   Click image for larger version

Name:	2.5g hood bottom.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	79.4 KB
ID:	13528  

__________________
Remember - in Aquaria, nothing good happens fast.
Starting a new tank? Click here for instructions.
47g tall FW, 10g planted, 2.5g planted office tank
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2008, 10:14 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mom2reds's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Lubbock Texas
Posts: 1,802
I like your light fixture I wish I knew how to do stuff like that, I have a 5 gallon that I need one for. Your tank looks good.
__________________
mom2reds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
CatatonicBug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 607
Quote:
Originally Posted by mom2reds View Post
I like your light fixture I wish I knew how to do stuff like that, I have a 5 gallon that I need one for. Your tank looks good.
Thanks! It was really easy. I like woodworking, and I have some cheap tools. I used an old table saw with a regular blade and a dado blade, a sliding mitre saw, and a random orbital palm sander. That along with my power drill/driver and an exacto-kit was about all I used. I used scrap birch plywood left over from a bookcase I built for my wife's classroom.
__________________
Remember - in Aquaria, nothing good happens fast.
Starting a new tank? Click here for instructions.
47g tall FW, 10g planted, 2.5g planted office tank
CatatonicBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2008, 02:39 AM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
marchmaxima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,209
Send a message via Skype™ to marchmaxima
people who can build stuff annoy me.

only cos I can't
__________________

__________________
Sharon : Melbourne, Australia
Me on Twitter
4x4x2 FW planted | 15g FW planted | 3.5g FW planted pico
marchmaxima is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
10 gallon office tank rchbn Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 5 04-09-2009 08:09 AM
5.5 Gallon Office Tank Stocking Questions Korwin Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12 09-05-2008 09:33 AM
Office Tank, who has one??? beachbumin Nano Reefs 4 10-05-2007 01:24 PM
Yet another office pico tank log -- New pics 9/20/07 majolo Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 34 09-25-2007 10:44 AM
Office Tank grass nerd Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 48 10-05-2005 04:17 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.