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post #1 of 273 (permalink) Old 12-08-2016, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys!
So for those of you that don't know, I had to move back home (San Diego) for some family stuff. I sold my tanks cause I didn't want to move them from CO. So I'm back in with my mom and I've gotten custody of her 300gal koi pond/water feature and my sister surprised me with a fluval spec 5gal! I'll try and post some pictures of the pond in a bit, I need help getting an ID on some of the small fish we have in there.
But here we go on the fluval!!!
I've had an interesting time finding a decent store here, but yesterday I went to Aquatic Warehouse and was pretty surprised by there stocking on everything (including pond stuff, yay!)
So I'm not gonna do any upgrades on any of the stock hardware, keep it simple. I got some spider wood and dragon stone yesterday. Here's the current FTS!!

The rock is only on the wood while it's water logging
I also couldn't resist getting a little dwarf lily, she's just hanging out in there for now
Planning on a betta and low maintenance plants, crypts, anubias, and ferns mostly.

I'll update when things start moving! Thanks!


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Won't that poor lily starve without any mulm or ferts to live on?

Also, obligatory dirt plug: have you considered dirting this tank?
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Won't that poor lily starve without any mulm or ferts to live on?



Also, obligatory dirt plug: have you considered dirting this tank?


Dirt plus BDBS is awesome, and cheap second the dirt plug
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Dirt plus BDBS is awesome, and cheap second the dirt plug
lol we are becoming the Jehova's Witnesses of Dirted Tanks.

"Have you heard the good news about dirt?"
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The substrate I have in the tank is black fluorite, I'll dose CO2 when I get things going a little bit.
I've thought about a dirted tank before, I might do one eventually, but that's not gonna be this one! Sorry guys haha.


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Dirt plus BDBS is awesome, and cheap second the dirt plug
True that. Dirt plus Menard's black blasting sand for me.

Op can try it in a little vase first if anything.

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The substrate I have in the tank is black fluorite, I'll dose CO2 when I get things going a little bit.
I've thought about a dirted tank before, I might do one eventually, but that's not gonna be this one! Sorry guys haha.


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No worries higher tech is cool too I'm just a poor med student and I've now become a dirt believer.
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True that. Dirt plus Menard's black blasting sand for me.

Op can try it in a little vase first if anything.

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That's how I've started. Jarrariums are great. I'll stop hijacking this thread now. Carry on
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post #8 of 273 (permalink) Old 12-10-2016, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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I got plants!! And the wood is surprisingly waterlogged already!

I took the easy route and got stuff from petsmart. I got it all 50%off though so that's nice. There are so many stems in those packs, I had so many extra plants.

Here's a FTS! Can't wait for stuff to fill in!! Officially on the hunt for a betta!



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Nice congrats!

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I'm glad to see your back at it and it looks like your tank is off to a great start

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Looking good! Are u gonna get another saltwater tank going?


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I'm glad to see your back at it and it looks like your tank is off to a great start

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Thanks! I'm excited for this one


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Looking good! Are u gonna get another saltwater tank going?


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Not while I'm living at my moms she's already mad enough about the little betta tank haha.


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I got a betta!! Aquabid is a dangerous place, he should be here by Christmas.


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I got a betta!! Aquabid is a dangerous place, he should be here by Christmas.


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Nice. Yea Aquabid is ... very dangerous. I've ordered plant packages from there. I've never tried to order anything breathing from there though.
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