This project is a freshwater to saltwater conversion of the Betta Paradse
aquascape in the Photo Gallery.
This 2.5 gallon desktop aquarium so far has
defied the rule that a successful saltwater
aquarium must be considerably larger.
In defense of the original theory though,
selection of tank mates for an environment this
small is rather limited without close daily
monitoring of water parameters.
The emerald crab above has done well in the
confined space. We're not sure what inspired
the upside down pose.
A diy "spice bottle power filter" made from a 3
.oz plastic bottle and a Micro-Jet MC320 power
head is tucked in the corner behind the
The visible portion is actually the bottom of the
bottle with holes drilled in the edge for the water
The power head is underneath pushing water
thru the bottle, which is filled with filter floss.
Activated carbon could easily be added
between layers of floss if desired.
The emerald crab has decided he owns the
natural coral centerpiece of this mini marine
While he's shown no actual aggression toward
his tank mates, he will wave them off with a
large green claw if they swim too close.
A 10 watt Marineland self adjusting
submersible heater hidden behind the right side
of the background keeps the water temperature
stable throughout the day.
Prior to installing the heater, the aquarium
temperature would change as much as 4
degrees each day. Not a good thing for any
Two 6500k led diy pendant lights are a
carry-over from the aquariums past as
freshwater mini-scape, but a lighting solution
designed to better meet the needs of a
saltwater environment is being researched.
For the time being, the lights are a good
temporary solution for their size and cool
do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional