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Mayanjungledog's Fluval Ebi / Flora (56K warning)

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I've been on this forum for a while and have set up multiple tanks since, but have never documented any of them in a journal. So, I thought it's about time I do so.

I purchased a Fluval Flora from a LFS a few weeks ago. I really wanted an Ebi, but the LFS was out of stock, so I bought the Flora instead. I already had a 8.8# bag of Fluval Stratum for shrimp at home, so I was set to go.

I ditched the equipment that the Flora came with except the stock light.

This tank is a zero CO2 , low light, planted CRS tank. All hardscape, flora and fauna are from other TPT forum members. Thank you to all who helped equip this tank.

SPECS
Lighting: stock 13 w compact fluorescent
Filtration: Aquaclear 30 HOB filled with sponge and Biomax
Substrate: Fluval Stratum for shrimp 8.8#

HARDSCAPE
Stock foam wall
ADA Branch wood zip tied together
Ceramic shrimp house
Cholla wood

FLORA
Needle Leaf Java Fern
Anubias nana petite
Spiky moss
Cryptocoryne parva
Cryptocoryne balansae
Rotala indica

FAUNA
20+ SS and SSS CRS
12+ Celestial Pearl Danio fry

In the following posts, I'll document the set up from the beginning.
Thanks for looking!
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I removed the foam wall and created a moss wall using spiky moss I already had on hand. I just poked the moss into the foam using fine tip forceps.

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Then, I re-siliconed the foam wall back onto the inside of the tank and positioned the hardscape.

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Filled the tank up with water, got the filter running, and first phase of planting.

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Added the cholla wood and ceramic shrimp house, and planted the rest of the Crypt parva. Also added a large wad of mixed moss and a shoal of a half dozen or Celestial Pearl Danio to spawn while the planting was in progress. I took my time planting over the course of about 2 weeks.

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Crypt parva then went through a massive melt.

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Another view of the wad of moss.

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More planting.

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Final layout and finally added the shrimp. Removed the CPDs and left the newborn fry.

I removed the guppy grass and put a tiny terra cotta dish in its place.

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Very nice. I just bought 20 S+ CRS, but they came in SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO small. Like millimeter small. I am already contacting the seller, because none of his other reviews said they're tiny.... Good luck though!

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That looks great! I like your idea with the moss wall, I was thinking of attaching some to mine but wasn't sure if I wanted to poke it full of holes.

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I love your tank. The tree and the plants really give it a great look!!! Good job!!
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Thanks. I was going to remove the background completely, but I thought the shrimp would like to have all that moss. I started poking the moss through the wall only because I didn't have super glue in the house and was too lazy to run to the store.

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That looks great! I like your idea with the moss wall, I was thinking of attaching some to mine but wasn't sure if I wanted to poke it full of holes.
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I recently bought a Fluval Flora as my second tank.

I really like your idea of a moss wall and I would love to know exactly how you did it or how you would recommend doing it.
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I ripped the backing off (I initially was not going to use it). Then, I used a fine tipped forceps to "plant" a few sprigs of moss into the foam. I just poked right through it until the moss was wedged in nicely. I staggered it every 1/2" or so. Then, I had to re-silicone the background back on to the inside of the tank. I placed a wet towel over the moss while the silicone dried overnight. Seemed to work well. Moss is doing great now with lots of new growth. Probably could do the moss wall without removing the background.

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I recently bought a Fluval Flora as my second tank.

I really like your idea of a moss wall and I would love to know exactly how you did it or how you would recommend doing it.
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Update?

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