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That's a really nice root!
Thanks!! Got it from a LFS (rather overpriced) but it looks great once I stuff it into the corner of the tank.

I actually will tie 3 different type of mosses on it (have fissidens and flame moss now and will add weeping moss on top) and hopefully it will be nicely covered!
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

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Cheated and used Sera Nitrivec since 2nd week. Going to monitor ammonia/nitrate level closely but it seems to be working so far
If it worked it isn't cheating, but definitely watch. What are your parameters now?

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Nice start

I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

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Almost 2 weeks have passed by and want to share some of the updates

The 3 ottos are still alive woot got fat bellies but only one figured out the algae thins...the other 2 just totally ignored em...

It turns out that mosses do not respond well to salt bath...the coral moss was totally toasted...flame moss and fissen went all brown but luckily there
are small green shoots here and there, let's hope they survive!

I didnt really plant the HC right (didnt split them up and plant them one by one), so some of the bottom ones are melting...Im hoping once the root grows deeper, I can vaccum the melted leaves out...I'm just kinda picking them out one by one now (the cost of being lazy... )

Also ordered a few more plants online and got them in this monday, I consider the tank fully stocked now (perhaps some tetras later on... dunno yet!)

Looks like the Sera Nitriven does work for cycling (or was that the ADA amazonia?). Water parameters:
pH 6.0
General Hardness 20- ppm
KH 10- ppm
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10-20

I feel like a mad scientist having all those small potions and test tubes on my desk now lol

Anyway some photos!!!




Some stone "steps" I setup, got some ADA stones from LFS, so lucky!!!


Otos are very camera shy....can only stuff my hand to the back of the tank and snap this shot...there are 2 of them chilling there....dunno where the last one went!!!
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love the downoi

whats the tanks temperature?
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love the downoi

whats the tanks temperature?
Thanks me 2! But they are so hard to plant...keep floating up

water temp is around 22-24. The heater I got is probably not strong enough
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Any updates on this one? I was also wondering what lighting and co2 you were using? Love that driftwood!
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Any updates on this one? I was also wondering what lighting and co2 you were using? Love that driftwood!
Thanks!

Didnt post any updates cause im still waiting for my new light fixture

The Pogostemon helferi (downoi) and Ludwigia cuba are growing quite well (those 2 groups to the right) can constantly give streams of bubbles. But the HC in the left are doing soso, I replanted them and they are spreading out slowly, gives very limited bubbles leaves are kinda small.

I have paintball regulator at 1 bubble per 2-3 secs, was stupid enough to have HOB sit right on top of the diffusor which actually is a waste of CO2. I am using this:
http://greenleafaquariums.com/co2-re...ulator-v2.html

Good quality, no problem so far

As for lighting currently I have:
LED clamp on 3w 6500k
LED PAR bulb 8w 5000K
LED PAR bulb 10w 3000K

Got the clamp on to get extra light to the left side of the tank but the 3w is too weak, so I ordered this, and will replace the clamp on with it:
http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=747

Some pics from last weekend. The biggest update is I finally got a good pic of the fattest oto lol



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on celestialpearldanio.com i started a thread if cpds jump. So far they don't and in my experience they have not jumped.
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I didnt get CPDs, instead I got some exclamation point rasboras...they are so super tiny tho (look like 1-month old guppy fries) , the otos look like giants in the tank now

If they stay small (5 of them now) and the water parameter is stable, I might get a few green neons tetras or CPDs.

It might be a bit overstock tho, i really have to monitor the water parameters carefully.

Regardless, I have bought the ADA glass cover, but decided not to put it up when im around. It doesnt look as good as open top. I might put it on when im away for an extended period of time to minimize water vaporization tho.

BTW nice CPD website there
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Love the tank! How are you liking the Rasboras I've had a few of them for 3 months now. They color up really nice after awhile(at first i was a little disappointed). They do stay very small. I lost one to my filter when i first got them and had to put on a pre-filter sponge.
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

You shouldn't upset the balance with different fish.

Larger tetras need bigger tanks than 7g, but more importantly you could keep a very uniform look by doubling or tripling your population of rasboras.

This is a pitfall for many aquarists.

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You shouldn't upset the balance with different fish.

Larger tetras need bigger tanks than 7g, but more importantly you could keep a very uniform look by doubling or tripling your population of rasboras.

This is a pitfall for many aquarists.
Ya i do have concerns about having too many different types of fishes in a 7g, having both otos and rasboras is already a bit more than I first planned. Perhaps I should just stop adding more lol...it's just so tempting

Green neons stay small do they? I read they only go max 1 inch? They are hard to find anyway

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Love the tank! How are you liking the Rasboras I've had a few of them for 3 months now. They color up really nice after awhile(at first i was a little disappointed). They do stay very small. I lost one to my filter when i first got them and had to put on a pre-filter sponge.
Thanks! how big are ur rasboras now after 3 months? I lost one too to my filter!! I added a pre-filter sponge but didnt notice there is still a slit uncovered. I got home from work and one of them is stuck in between the slit! I was hoping it could make it but it died after few days
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

Neons are small fish that need big tanks.

Glad you agree that people should be careful about what they add.

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Neons are small fish that need big tanks.

Glad you agree that people should be careful about what they add.
Looks like I need to move to a bigger place for a bigger tank :P

Blue rams are still my all time favorite and also cardinal and rummy nose, too bad I cannot have any of them now

But nano tanks also are alot of fun! It is my first time setting one upand having it sitting on my work desk is the best thing EVER
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