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my biocube 8

Here is my planted biocube 8. My plants have really taken off recently & although It isn't really an Aquascape or anything spectacular to look at I am very happy that everything is growing nicely.

I don't know all the names of the plants but I do know I have Weeping moss (on the right), Cardamine Lyrate, Java moss & Star grass.

Inhabitants are cherry shrimp "some look like pfr" & Malaysian trumpet snails

Lighting, I ditched the original lighting (replacement bulbs are expensive & no where carries them locally) (2) 13 watt philips 6500k cfls

Substrate is just plain gravel sand from homedepot




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Very lush i like it...what do you have in it?
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it looks like a jungle haha is that a red cherry I spot?
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it looks like a jungle haha is that a red cherry I spot?

Thats pretty much what it is, just planting stuff everywhere LOL, Shrimp seem very happy. What's this cherry you speak of?
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Nice

That looks just like I like'm, overgrown jungle.
Do you have CO2? Any ferts?

Does anyone happen to know what the reddish plant in the back is?

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Nice

That looks just like I like'm, overgrown jungle.
Do you have CO2? Any ferts?

Does anyone happen to know what the reddish plant in the back is?

Here is the tank 2 years ago with different plants

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Nice

That looks just like I like'm, overgrown jungle.
Do you have CO2? Any ferts?

Does anyone happen to know what the reddish plant in the back is?

I bought a bottle of Seachem comprehensive & put it in an old soap dispenser bottle dilluted with water probably 1:8 ratio. It is really really water downed & I do 2 pumps every water change...anymore I would get algae. I've had this bottle for a little over a year now.

No root tabs although I am thinking about them since my substrate is just sand.

Diy c02, The biocube uses a wet/dry system but the back is filled with filter floss with the water level high to prevent splashing.

I diffuse the c02 via chopstick that I sawed the end off of "cleaner cut gets finer bubbles" It is held down via suction cup next to the return pump & the return pump area is filled with a fine foam all the way to the top so the c02 has to work it's way past the foam rather than out gassing. I get pearling everyday & allow the c02 run 24/7 rather than taking it out or running an airstone at night " I don't believe the levels are high enough to harm the shrimp" They breed a lot & the babies don't seem to mind
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Thats pretty much what it is, just planting stuff everywhere LOL, Shrimp seem very happy. What's this cherry you speak of?
Red cherry = red cherry shrimp or RCS, which is the shrimp you have in your tank. Nice tank too! For a tank that small, maybe you can get away with Excel instead of the hassle of DIY CO2.
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I decided to remove a lot of the plants & actually go for an aquascape (first time)

I have weeping moss on the front left (trying to copy a bush)-Star grass in the left rear-The right (I forgot the name) (trying to copy a bush). In the middle of it all is a barrier of rocks with (light colored sand) trying to make it look like a walk way.

Any tips?
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Looks pretty good to me! Love the tank!
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