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Choco's Fluval Chi Journal (updated 3/31/2014 FTS, fully planted!)

CURRENT FTS 3/31/2014

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So yesterday I acquired my first nano tank, a 5 gallon fluval chi!
First order of business was removing the filter holder.



I have no room anywhere in my apartment (with a 20 gallon and a 55 gallon), so this baby is going to sit right here on my desk. Don't mind the clutter.


I had this ryuoh stone laying about, so I decided it would by put into my nano.
I also have a bunch of ADA aquasoil, so in it goes.. and...


Front view


Side view

Hardscape? I am not totally sure. I was aiming for a cliff side type of thing.. not too sure if I achieved that effect. This is my first actual aquascape!

To come:
I plan on dry starting an HC carpet in the front. I also have to buy a 10" finnex fixture. And a filter.
I do have two AC20's around, so I'll probably use one of those in the mean time.
I plan on doing a DIY CO2 setup, which I already have running on my 20 gallon.

Planned planting:
HC
Blyxa japonica
DHG (perhaps)
Willow moss (undecided).

Stocking:
Shrimp (probably cherry)
Maaaaybe a betta. Maybe.

Please give me your opinions/criticisms/recommendations!

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I like the scape! I honestly would use Blyxa in a tank this small. It just gets so big. It's root system can be very expansive. Other green mid ground plants like Tropica 049, Downoi, and Hydro Japan would work well.


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Point taken. Downoi looks like a good alternative.
I just love blyxa though!
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I love the stones! It will look good once flooded though!
Good luck...

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Thanks horsedude!
I've actually changed the hardscape a bit, trying to add more depth.. and the illusion of a far off mountain cliff. Not sure how much of that was achieved, but here it is!



Tomorrow I'm expecting my two Finnex FugeRay's. More updates tomorrow, hopefully!
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The giant rock looks great in the background . Can't wait to see how planting works out in this tank later!
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Got a gift in the mail today! Two Finnex FugeRay, 10"!


I picked up two because I'm going high light, CO2 enriched, etc. Also planning a HC carpet.

Also, thanks to TAPS (The Aquatic Plant Society), which offered me some advice on my hardscape, I've changed it a bit.
Here it is with the lights on!



And a close up.



This'll be my final version of this scape, I'm done getting my hands dirty in the aquasoil!
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Looks great,

Just picked up a Chi on the cheap and looking for ideas.

What filter you going to use?
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I'm looking at the Zoo Med 501. If the tank was a little larger, say 10 gallons, I'd go for the Eheim 2211.. I just think my plants would be blown away if I went with that in a 5 gallon tank.
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DSM started

I know I said the scape I had was the last.. but my LFS got an ADA shipment in and I just HAD to look through the stones they got.

So I bought about 2lbs worth, here's my picks.



You can also see my pots of HC that I bought to dry start.
After planting and rearranging and replacing some hardscape, here is the result!



That's plastic wrap around the top. Gonna air it out probably twice daily, and see what happens after a month or so.

My new filter selection is the
Finnex PX-360 Finnex PX-360
, based on Youtube videos and reviews. Plus I am satisfied with my Finnex lights, so I have high hopes for the filter.

And an extra pic.. The light pollution from this thing is kinda crazy.. though when it's filled and full of life I probably won't mind.
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Random question: what movie/show/game is the toy robot on your desk from? I recognize it(I think)... but can't recall what its originally from...FamilyGuy did a parody on it as a school hallway monitor...
At any rate the tank looks awesome, can't wait to see the carpet grow in!
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Robocop! It's the ED-209!
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HC dry start, one week later: 3/8/2014

Front shot:


Top shot:


Compare to a week ago:


DSM has been a success so far. It's all growing really nicely. No mold that I can see, no algae. I don't see any yellowing or browning leaves, just healthy growth and runners all over.
Here's what I do.

I run the finnex lights for 12 hours a day. I have the tank covered with plastic wrap (completely) for all hours, except for two hours a day during the photo period when I remove the wrap completely. I let it sit for two hours uncovered. After two hours are up, I mist generously and cover again.

I've made a planting plan:


For the hairgrass, I'm going it mostly short, and having it rise to nearly the top of the tank in the back. I was considering going with e. vivipara or e. acicularis for the back, but I didn't want the species to mix. I still may go with another in back. Feedback on that?

I bought some Petsmart p. helferi that was in pretty bad shape at the beginning of the week. I figured "why not?" and planted what I could into my other 20g tank (which is mostly fish only at this point). I'm running DIY CO2 and dosing 1/2 EI, just to feed my ferns and the downoi in there. Here's a pic of the downoi tonight:


When I first got it, it was all white, small and withered. It had no roots to speak of.
It's showing some growth, and it's actually green now. This little experiment seems like it's on it's way. When/if it grows out, it's going into the Chi.

Anyway feel free to leave me some feedback! Thanks for reading!

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Time for another update!
HC is still growing in nicely. Here's a shot from tonight.



Comparing growth:

Last Sunday:

This Sunday:


I am noticing a little bit of yellowing and algae. Any thoughts?

1 and 2 show what I believe is GSA on my rock. I'll probably spot treat this.

3 shows that the HC has met the glass and is growing upwards.

The rest shows yellowing happening. I've read this is normal. I'll be flooding in a week or two so stay tuned!

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Looks great! Is this a typical technique to grow HC unsubmerged? I know it's a hard plant to grow so I always avoided it.
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