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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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VJM's DBP 3g

Hi everybody! I finally (after 3 previous attempts) have a tank I am really pleased with, so I thought I better start a journal to keep track of how things go.

I just started keeping fish in February, and only got excited about it when I learned that you could have plants. I am now happily addicted, and having a great time. The learning curve is pretty steep, but I am slowly getting a handle on things.

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Tank: Deep Blue Profession Betta 5 (around 3 gallons, depite the name)

Light: Deep Blue Solar Flare 115 clip on

Substrate: Mr. Aqua Aquarium Soil (saw at my LFS, research told me it was OK, so I decided to give it a try. I am big on trying things).

Hardscape: dragonstone from TPT member Davesfish. Can't say enough about the stone, and about Dave. I explained my project and the challenging tank dimensions, and he sent a bunch of awesome stuff.

No co2, minimal fertilization once weekly with Flourish, Flourish Trace, and the API version of Excel. Any more ferts and I get mad algae, at least for now.

Flora

crypt parva (more coming to make a full carpet)
dwarf hairgrass from Petsmart (grew it in a one pint glass on the window sill because it was left over from another tank)
Pogostomon helferi from Petsmart
Staurogyne repens from Petsmart
erio cinerum from hn4. Not happy about being moved.
dwarf water lettuce

Fauna
10 yellow shrimp from SoothingShrimp arriving soon!!!
1 zebra nerite snail
looking at adding 3 male least killifish after the shrimp get settled


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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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With all the plants I currently have in there:
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that stone kicks some serious tail

your right this tank is a challenging scape, one for finding items to match the scale, but also stems that wont overtake it.

kudos

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Thank you so much!!

That is exactly what I learned in the previous version: most stems are just going to be too much maintenance for me in a 7" high tank, so I am better off choosing things that don't run wild.

Also, it is really easy to get too much light in this tank because of the height. I am keeping an eye on that this time.

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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-05-2013, 11:03 PM
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Looks like you're off to a great start.

Have you considered adding a background?
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Looks like utah dragonstone?
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Somewhatshocked: it does have a black background, I am just a terrible photographer

Meppitech: it is Utah dragonstone! Really a great look for so many layouts, and still fits this scale just right. I only wish I had remembered to really soak it throughly. Doh!

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Hehe!!! This is great! It looks a lot like my original scape in my 18". Nice work!

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Awesome man.
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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys! I read a LOT of stuff before trying this one, and went through a lot of rock combos in my janky "Rule of Thirds" mock up tank.
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Nice tank How is that light fixture doing for you? Plants seem happy?
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It is doing pretty well so far. Good growth on the stauro and the downoi. I have been fighting a bit of algae, but I think that is mainly because I don't have a ton of fast growing stems in there. As long as I keep fertilizing down to once a week right now, it is fine.

Had the same light on it before, and it was definitely too much when it was closer to the top of the tank. Where I have it now seems to be a happy medium.

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For anyone looking for info on the substrate, here is the bag it came in. The plants are definitely liking it, but the grain size is a tiny bit larger than Aquasoil, so expect some inadvertent floaters and replanting.

It for sure blows off ammonia. I set up the tank on 7/12, and it is still at 1.0 ppm (without Prime) on 8/7. Nitrates are at 20-40, so we are cycling, it is just taking longer than I anticipated using a completely cycled HOB.

I am pretty happy with it so far.
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I'm sure a light with any sort of power would create an algae farm close to the top. I have a weak single bright that still can cause some.

Keep this updated. Love it

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