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post #16 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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From what I know about these TETRA Wonders Tank kits with the LED lights. I don't really think you can grow anything other than MOSS.

I have 2 of them & they're both sitting empty of any life forms other than snails.

BTW, how LONG has this 1.5G nano tank been setup?
This light seems to grow plants pretty well. The tank light sits directly on the cover, an older model. The new model places the light above the tank.

Tank's been set up for awhile, months. (I'll have to search my records for the exact date.)

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I agree with everyone else. Black sand would be best. Also, you need a much better light.

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The tank was set up November 15, 2012.

The LED has 8 bulbs and is pretty bright. I've had good success with low--medium light plants. The tank was originally set up for low light plants like the java fern and anubias. I haven't seen any defects in the plants so far. I don't want algae either.

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Maybe a heavier planting would give you a nice full look. And the substrate appearance wouldn't be as big an issue.
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I have hygro sunset, limnophila aquatica and DHG that have all been growing pretty well with the stock LED lights. They aren't strong lights, but low light plants seem to be doing well.
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I'll be adding Brazilian pennywort and Ludwig stems all along the side and back corner. Make it a bit fuller.

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Much Better!!
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Much Better!!
Thanks! It's more peaceful to look at now.

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Added more plants:
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Update w/ side view.
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Looks much better. Remember to try and follow the rule of thirds when you're scaping a tank. You really never want something in the direct middle, because then it just looks forced.
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It's pretty much turned into a jungle now. I added a moss wall to the back.
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Honestly, it really just doesn't look like enough light to me at all. Only the middle of the tank looks like it's getting any light at all. Here would be my recommendations:

1.) Up the lighting. You can get a Fluval PCL-13 on Amazon for $25. That's going to be a LOT of light for such a small tank, but if you really watch the photo period, dose Flourish Excel, and maybe have the light raised 6 inches from the top of the tank it will be fine.
2.) Get rid of the substrate. I would use Fluval Stratum or Seachem Flourite Black Sand instead.
3.) Use the rock that you have in there to add some depth to the substrate. You can do some really cool slopes from the back to the front of the tank by using a rock to hold the substrate up a few inches above the front in the rear.
4.) Keep tall plants to the back of the tank and carpeting/short plants to the front of the tank. This will make sure it doesn't just turn into a mess that you can't see through.
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My co-worker suggested using the side view for the front.
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I'm taking out the shell and adding black sand tomorrow. The java fern detached from it already.

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