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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Low Light 9-gallon

Starting a new 9-gallon that is replacing the 6-gallon fluval betta tank.

Going for a low light setup and hoping the ferns grow out and provide some shade for the crypts and anubias. Floating some baby ferns at the moment until they get big enough to attach to the wood.

Not sure what to put in the background yet. Might just use some clippings of myriophyllum mattogrosense from the other tank. Not sure if I want the dwarf sag in there either. I really like that plant but seems too big for a tank this size.

Eventual fauna: clown or lampeye killifish. Going to attempt to move a good portion of the cherry shrimp colony over here first, though. I'm hoping the shade and good growth of flame moss in the corner will be enough to keep the population steady once the killifish are introduced.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/loreley...n/photostream/


Also had a frustrating lesson in properly anchoring drift wood =T This was the original layout which I liked better but had to scrap it.

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* Do!Aqua Mini-L:45x24x30cm (approx:18"x9.5"x12"); 8.6 Gallons
* Hydor THEO Heater 50W
* Zoo Med 501 Turtle Canister Filter
* Archaea 4w LED strip (~8 hours a day; although it gets a lot of indirect light during the morning/day from the window before the lights turn on)
* Aquasoil & Eco-complete (just happened to have enough of both)

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-09-2012, 12:09 AM
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Looks nice, I like the layout of the big driftwood... I would relocate the smaller one to make it look like it belongs to the larger piece. If you give the anubias leaves a quick wipe-down, and hide some of the cables/technical stuff, it would be outstanding. Looking forward to see this develop.
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Thanks! I'll give the tank a bit of a cleanup this weekend.

When you mentioned the smaller driftwood, I wonder if you were referring to the couple of twigs sticking out near the center of the tank? Those are actually part of the the larger chunk of driftwood on the left side. They do look a bit awkward there but hopefully I get used to it haha...
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I'm going to look for a piece of black cardboard (or something similar) to place against the rear pane. Hopefully that will make the cables and filter junk less noticeable. Tied a few more ferns to the wood recently. The crypts are doing well and already have new shoots. I expected much more melt from them but I'm happy that they're already off to a good start. A friend gave me some of that myriophyllum brasiliense (?) and I like how it looks in here. So hopefully I get some good growth from it and can fill in the background with it. I'll probably add some myriophyllum mattogrossense after I get some clippings from the other tank, too.

The ammonia level is still high but it's starting to come together.

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The tank is coming along... no fish/shrimp yet but lots of strange little creatures swimming around at the moment. The myriophyllum brasiliense (can anyone confirm this is the right ID?) grows really fast. I trimmed it, replanted the cuttings, and it feels like it already grew another inch in a day. I like how it looks in the background and it sounds like it won't be long before I cover the background with it.

The upper left is a bit of a mess right now. It's a tangled clump of ferns and moss but I'm going to wait and let them grow out naturally and maybe it'll look alright.

And I wish that heater didnt have a reflective red label -_-

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I really like it!

Post the specs of the tank, including the manufacturer of the tank plz!
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That's a good looking tank.
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I really like it!

Post the specs of the tank, including the manufacturer of the tank plz!
Thanks! I edited the original post to include the hardware.


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Thank you!
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Cycling is done, woohoo! I tossed in some cherry shrimp and they seem to be enjoying it in there. I also received some free glosso and HC from a friend so I yanked out the dwarf sag that was on the right. I'm not sure if it goes with the overall look of the tank but who's going to turn down free glosso and HC? Hehe...

I've also noticed this strange bug in the tank. It's quite agile and mostly scurries around on the substrate. It looks like a grain of rice and has these two little antennae. I attached a picture of it next to a cherry shrimp. Any idea what it is?

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Added 8 lampeye killies (A. normani) and 1 scarlet badis (Dario dario)... unfortunately, they're all a bit camera shy.

Does anyone have tips for feeding the scarlet badis? I thought I'd have enough worms and fleas in the tank to keep him satisfied for a while but he seems to have eradicated all but the tiniest bugs...

I'm really loving how the lampeyes look... still pictures don't do them justice...


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Added 9x B. brigittae (although they kind of look like B. merah). All the plants seem to be doing alright. The glosso and HC seem healthy and have new growth... but it is very slow growth.

The thing I dislike the most is the parrot's feather in the background. It looks a bit messy. I'm thinking of maybe using some vals? Or anyone else have recommendations? Or Eleocharis acicularis, perhaps?

It's a bit crowded in there with 16 fish and a handful of shrimp. I initially bought the B. brigittae for the other tank which have 5 B. brigittae in it... but when I took a closer look, they looked like they could be B. merah because of the less vibrant color and broken black stripe down the side. But I wonder if it's just because they are young.

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Lovely tank
A sight to look at after a stressful day at work.
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A sight to look at after a stressful day at work.
Thanks! I definitely look forward to seeing it after a long day at work =)

And here's another update... I'm down to 4 of the original 8 lampeye killies (A. normani)... 1 jumped, 3 died from swim bladder issues. I may have overfed =(

But on the bright side, I found a fish fry (assuming it's A. normani) earlier this week!

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The thing I dislike the most is the parrot's feather in the background. Anyone else have recommendations?
How about some wisteria (hygrophila difformis).

I like this tank very much. I have saved it.

What is your light? What is the dimensions?
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How about some wisteria (hygrophila difformis).

I like this tank very much. I have saved it.

What is your light? What is the dimensions?
Thanks! I've thought about hygrophila difformis... I think it could work. But now that I've found a killi fry in there I don't want to touch anything haha...

I updated the specs of the tank in the bottom of the original post.
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