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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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My first nano tank :) - 8 months old now! Now with video

Updated: Tank is now 8 months old! A new video added to page 5 Enjoy!!

Started room cleaning 2 months ago and decided to decorate my room with a Nano tank (its a 7g)

It went waaaay over budget (sigh...its a black hole...u always see something "awesome" online)

Snapped a few pics along the way...introduced 3 otos today, they look pretty happy around the drift wood

Still thinking of whether I should stock more fish or stop here...I do want some Celestial Pearl Danios but 7G is really a small tank...any suggestions??

Added CO2 yesterday but the only thing pearling so far is the white fungus on driftwood....grrrrrrr

1st hardscaping try


Didnt like it...redo...



Like it better this time

Done!


Pearling....but its on driftwoord

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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 04:20 AM
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Awesome piece of driftwood man!! Can't wait to see how your tank progresses!
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Thanks!! The otos like it alot too! And they're all over the diftwood since this afternoon I put them in and ignored the algae thin that I fed them...booo :P
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nice, love that dw.
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hopefully the otos live -- they feed on algae a lot. I have an established tank and I put 3 inside a 10 gallon and am worried if they will starve to death. My photo period is 9.5 hours, so I hope they have enough to eat.
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ya...I'm a bit worried about the otos too...they seem hard to keep alive when first introduced to the tank.

I had one oto last week (i got one cause the tank is small), but after I put it in the tank, it stayed at the same spot for like several hrs and died 2 days after ... It was really my bad as they are not supposed to be kept alone (guilty guilty)

So this time I get 3 of them and they all seem happy and well (so far) zipping around the driftwood.

BTW nice tank there James!!! Did u set it up in ur office or something? It's so nice that they are OK with fish tanks in your workplace!
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oooo....and I see ember tetras in ur tank too!

I am thinking of getting a school of tiny fishes (like 5-6 of them) once the tank is well established (maybe a month or 2 from now)

How do u like ur ember tetras?? It's either ember tetras or Celestial Pearl Danio for me...

O well...or I might just let my 3 otos hog the whole tank ...it's a tiny tank anyway
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

Great scape! CPDs are a skittish fish, best with a top on the aquarium.

Perhaps look at ember tetras, Boraras species or something of the like.

Btw you can never go wrong with shrimp and ottos lol

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ya will get a glass cover soon...I dun want to see fishes jumping out :P

I did consider shrimps, I've never had experience with em before..they look cute when there are just a couple of them but once they multiply like snails it can get a bit scary...so perhaps I will stick with fishes XDDD



Otos are big poopers!! there are poos all over the substrate this morning...meh time to do a little vaccum cleaning...hopefully the HC will grow fast enough to cover up those poos lol
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

Hmm. Most people don't have problems with overbreeding. When your tank has hit maximum capacity, they stop.

Also nice to be able to sell some and recoup revenue lol.

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Pretty setup...one question, how long has your tank been running before you added your otos? Two months?
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hmm...Here's the timeline

1st week - tank, substrate and DW....soaked the DW with water. Water running in tank
2nd week - DW all soaked up, got white fungus on it, wiped it off and put it in to the tank
3rd week - More white fungus, but i guess it's alright, put in some moss, noticed some algae on DW
4th week - Few more plants, got Co2 running, more algae on DW and some on glass
5th week - 3 OTOS!

So it was a bit more than a month. Ya those otos are hard worker (and big poopers...they literally poop while they eat :P ). I can see patches of "clean" dw surface after a nite, they are still working on it tho cause its still mostly covered with algae.
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My first (kinda) nano tank :)

When did you cycle?

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That's a really nice root!
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When did you cycle?
Cheated and used Sera Nitrivec since 2nd week. Going to monitor ammonia/nitrate level closely but it seems to be working so far
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