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Old 10-30-2016, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New member, so I hope this is in the right spot! Mods, please feel free to move it if not

So a few weeks ago I was randomly chosen to win a wonderful little tank and some dragonstone from BucePlant. I said I would try to actively keep the forum updated on what I do with it.

Please bare in mind that I'm still new to planted tanks and I'm learning as I go - advice is always welcome.



This little tank is sitting on my desk right next to my computer monitors, where I will eventually get to relax watching the inhabitants. Right now the tank is cycling so there are no fish. I plan to eventually have a school of Celestial Pearl Danios and some blue diamond neocaridina shrimp.

The substrate is CaribSea SuperNatural white, and white Nat Geo sand for volume, because I'm working on a student budget. I added Flourish root tabs to the sand, broken into smaller pieces and spread evenly throughout the tank. The dragonstone is gorgeous all on its own. Right now the plants in the tank are spikey moss glued to driftwood, and some misc. stuff I pulled from other tanks to help jump start the cycling. I would eventually like to carpet it in dwarf baby tears, monte carlo, or anything tiny that will do alright with liquid CO2 dosing.

The filter is a Marina Slim S15, with an Aqueon 10w heater that actually keeps it a little too warm, at about 79F... i may have to switch it out for a smaller one, or just not heat the tank until the weather cools off a bit - ambient temperature in my room is mid 70s anyway as I am in Southern California, and even in winter it never gets too cold.

The light is a Nicrew blue/white LED bar I found on Amazon for about $20, and is currently lit about 8 hours a day.

I am dosing API CO2 Booster.

Any tips or tricks you guys want to shout out are more than welcome! And, again, I am very excited and grateful for this tank.
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Old 10-30-2016, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting your project. Both celestial pearl danios and Neocaridina shrimp like cooler conditions, so you can just take the heater out.
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nice tank
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Lookin good. Any updatess?
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I like the way your sand exactly copies the undulations of your substrate. How did you do that? Mine always come out kind of mish mash.
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I think it needs some Buces

Personally with inert sand, no co2 I would keep it to easy plants. Dwarf baby tears would be very frustrating and probably wouldn't do well. The root tabs won't do much for the attached plants. You can use some moss on flat rocks and place them at the base of the rock and they will eventually spread into the foreground.
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