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post #151 of 363 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 04:00 PM
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They're beautiful! Sorry I never even noticed the bees they're so white.

What water do you keep them in? Awesome job. Very jealous of this tank. I may just say screw it and buy one lol.




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Thanks.

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They're beautiful! Sorry I never even noticed the bees they're so white.

What water do you keep them in? Awesome job. Very jealous of this tank. I may just say screw it and buy one lol.
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Yep. But also got a couple new macro lenses that I'm itching to try out. The rings do a pretty good job, though. Especially for tank stuff.

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Thanks.

Water parameters and such are scattered throughout the journal.
Found them. Awesome. Your ph is so low. I wish I could get my ph that low .

You're a real genius with this tank. I'm following!


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Genius? HAHA! Hardly. But thanks for the kind words.

I just stuck a leftover piece of wood in there. The only thing I did was smear glue on it and rub leftover moss on it. The whole thing was put together in no time flat with very little cash.

I think I'm going to test parameters tomorrow during water change to see how the pH is holding. Haven't checked it in a hot minute and it'd be nice to know.

One time I have for a tank like this: definitely go with smaller grain substrate.

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Found them. Awesome. Your ph is so low. I wish I could get my ph that low .

You're a real genius with this tank. I'm following!
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Why do you like smaller grain? I've been using Fluval shrimp stratum lately. Just experimenting. I want to try a cool scape soon but it is a slight bit harder to work with


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It's a small, shallow tank so smaller grain size seems to keep with the scale. Definitely wouldn't go larger than Fluval Shrimp Stratum.

My advice is just to find a nice, twiggy piece of manzanita and glue on a bunch of fissidens or other moss. Easy, near-instant scape with little maintenance.
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It's a small, shallow tank so smaller grain size seems to keep with the scale. Definitely wouldn't go larger than Fluval Shrimp Stratum.

My advice is just to find a nice, twiggy piece of manzanita and glue on a bunch of fissidens or other moss. Easy, near-instant scape with little maintenance.
Yes. Yes. Yes. I can't find any good wood though! I might even have to turn to some stones for scaping.


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Hit up Tom Barr (plantbrain) in the For Sale/Trade section. He has tons of wonderful manzanita. He'd be more than happy to sell you a box of it for a nano tank. Cheap, too.

A tank like this would look cool with pool filter sand and larger black lava rock with moss on it.
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Hit up Tom Barr (plantbrain) in the For Sale/Trade section. He has tons of wonderful manzanita. He'd be more than happy to sell you a box of it for a nano tank. Cheap, too.

A tank like this would look cool with pool filter sand and larger black lava rock with moss on it.
I will do just that. . I messaged him earlier, but I couldn't find a good example of what I was looking for.

I'm also possibly going to pick up some seriyu (can't spell it lol) stone. Not sure. Maybe lava rock :P.

Rock you can change with a hammer. Driftwood just kinda is what it is.

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He typically will ship you a box full of twig-like stuff (big enough for these tanks) for a set price. There's always enough to put something nice together.

And remember that it's easy to put moss on whatever you choose. Just smear on some super glue gel and them toss on the moss.
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He typically will ship you a box full of twig-like stuff (big enough for these tanks) for a set price. There's always enough to put something nice together.

And remember that it's easy to put moss on whatever you choose. Just smear on some super glue gel and them toss on the moss.
Never thought of superglue for moss. I just stuffed around and what stuck stuck. Good idea!

And I'm not a huge fan of the skinny twig appearance. I like stuff that's thicker at the base with an interesting shape forming upwards. If you were me would you recommend Mopani, Malaysian or Manzanita?


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When I say "twig"? It's a twig in maybe a 75gal sense. A "twig" looks like a full-on branch in a tank this small.

I'd go with Manzanita all the way. It's about the only thing with scale that's appropriate.
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When I say "twig"? It's a twig in maybe a 75gal sense. A "twig" looks like a full-on branch in a tank this small.

I'd go with Manzanita all the way. It's about the only thing with scale that's appropriate.
You have been instrumentally helpful lol. Thanks so much, jake.

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Couldn't get the babies to come to the front of the tank for photos. Will try again later today.

In the meantime, here's a shot of some seed shrimp checking out an almond leaf skeleton:

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