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This is the starter thread for my journey into the world of "true" nano planted tanks. My 7 gallon is small, but this is even more fun. :D

It is a 2.5AGA aquarium with a DIY made hood and base. It isn't the greatest job, but not bad for a first attempt. I have a 13watt AH supply lighting kit in there to give me all the night I should be needing.

I have a .5" layer of flourite covered by an inch or so of tahitian moon sand. All the rocks are petrified wood and that's some african mopani wood I had left over from my old tank

My goals for this project were:
•Under $50 in setup costs (not including plants)
• Viewable on 3 Sides

So far I have spent $8 on the tank, and $26 on the lighting. Add in $7 for the rocks and another $7 for the Azoo palm filter (on its way) and I have suceeded in that goal! :D

The moonsand, flourite and wood all were free as they were for other projects. Hood was made for ~$20 as well.

Here are the pics:








My planting plans consist of a dwarf hairgrass (parvula) foreground under the wood. I am adding Xmas moss to the wood and the back of the tank, and petite nana growing near the rocks, as well as on top of them.

I'm considering planting cryps (willisi or lots of parva) on the upper terrace as well, but I am wondering how they would survive in the inert sand. Anyone with any advice?

I have cherry shrimps on the way for my 7 gallon, and a pair of endlers waiting for the completion of the 2.5 as well. This will be a fun project to watch grow. I plan on ordering plants within the next coupe days, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. More pics and postings to come as things start coming in!
 

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5" for hairgrass? Doesn't seem that dwarf to me ...

The hairgrass at my LFS is not more than just a couple inches high, so I am going to try and snag some of that if I can. :D

I still have a little bit of messing around to do with the sand on the rocks, so I'll see what I can do.

As of right now no CO2 injection, but I plan on using Flourish Excel. I'll also be dosing ferts with all the seachem stuff till it runs out and then switch to dry chemicals for both my tanks.

My vision with this tank was a grassy field leading up to a big hill, with an aged trunk haven fallen over many years before and eventually having become part of the hill itself, supporting the life around it. I think that if I can get the moss to cover the log entirely and give everything a real aged look (with some of the hairgrass purposly growing up a bit onto the slope, intermixed with petite nana and other plants) that I can fully recreate what I have going on in my head.

With the pair of endlers swimming around, it will be like two birds soaring over the wood, making it seem that much larger. The red cherry shrimp I am adding I almost envision as some sort of giant reptile still roaming the lands, we'll see how it all comes together. :D

And now that I am planning on parva ... I am cringing already at the cost of plants alone for this tank, lol!
 

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Yep, I know exactly where the shadow is casted by the wood in my tank, and hopefully it'll just add to the scene :D
 

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Finally an update:

Here are the three pictures, enjoy! :D







What has changed:

Have C. Willisi in there, as the stuff in my 7 gallon was growing so well. It now houses 4 Cherry Red Shrimp (plz breed!!!), 1 Amano shrimp, 1 Dwarf Honey Gourami and 1 Otto. I have all these tiny green crustaceans in there as well, resemble waterfleas, but aren't. They make nice snacks for my Gourami it seems, but their numbers aren't going down at all. (It's so much fun to watch him hunt through the grass! :D)

I have willow moss growing on the log as well, and that's starting to take root and grow in nicely. I do have to clean out some hair algae every now and then, but I hope with a regular lighting schedule and more shrimp that those problems will take care of themselves.

Comments are welcome as always, I'm just happy to get some pics up finally!
 
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