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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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My 3.5 gallon lowtech labor of love

Hi guys. This is my first tank ever, planted or otherwise. I set it up directly after receiving it this Christmas, meaning that it has been up and running for over 8 months now. Now, on to the specs:


Fluval Nano LED lamp, 8w


Zoo Med Nano 501 External Canister Filter
Tetra Whisper PF 10


1 x Anubias (not sure what variety)
2 x Java fern
1 x Water sprite


1 x Spotted Cory
1 x Panda Cory
1 x Albino Cory
1 x Oto
4 x Amanos
and a whole mess of ghost shrimp

I recently removed all of my plants and fish and replaced the petco gravel with fluval substrate, and scrubbed all of the massive amounts of algae off the walls.

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Now, I turn this over to you. Do any of you planted tank gods have so design suggestions for this painfully nooberific noob?

I can't wait to get some feedback from you guys!!!!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-12-2013, 06:31 AM
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Thank you for sharing your labor of love! I know how challenging it can be when starting out with a planted tank. If you are having a problem with lots of algae, its important to consider your lighting. If direct sunlight is shining into your tank, this can lead to algae.

As for aquascaping, with just those three plants it might be a bit challenging, but I would put the taller java ferns along the back, and the anubias in front. Though I'm not sure I see the water sprite in the pictures, it looks like you have Brazilian pennywort. You could plant a bunch of those stems in the back corner, then let them grow up and trail across the surface a little bit.

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