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04-14-2014 03:49 AM
HybridHerp
A taste of things to come. I really have to get this tank to stay one way for a longer period of time sigh. Hopefully once it actually stays with me on campus like its supposed to that will happen (didn’t have it with me for the “spring” semester because the “spring” didn’t happen for like a week….also, ammonia spikes suck).


At least I can still grow floaters like no tomorrow.

Debating what fish I will put in here, and what plants species will end up also calling this home.
04-06-2014 01:10 PM
The Plantman What is the covering plant I like that! I'm looking for something like this.
08-18-2013 08:17 PM
HybridHerp I'm getting in some horned nerites and 10 green neons on tuesday...I'm excited :P

Also just realized I haven't updated this thread in longer than I thought. I've added some plants since my last update.

Threw in some blyxa and Ammania sp. Bonsai, as well as some Alternanthera reineckii var. ‘Rosaefolia’. The shrimp are breeding, there are three small albino blue eye bristlenose plecos growing out in here, and I have a black mangrove in a riparium planter.

I'm going to be going back to school in week, and I intend on bringing this to school with not this weekend comming up, but in a week or two (when I can come back and the only important item I am bringing back is the tank).

Also going to be applying for a job taking care of zebra danios....would it be tacky if I asked them if they wanted me to show them my tanks so that they know I know fish things? I mean I don't have much of a resume to write about but I'm pretty sure I know how to take care of fish better than the average person lol
07-27-2013 01:15 AM
HybridHerp

Boom, driftwood. Not sure what kind of driftwood mind you, but I like it and its nice. It sticks out a bit though, but that's fine.



And a new plant addition....a very, small addition :P In time, a lot of time, it should spread throughout the wood. This is Fissidens splachnobryoides, bought it from h4n, he always does well by me. From my undersanding, its basically the smallest fissidens possible....seemed like a perfect idea for a 5.5 gallon.



The Fire Reds are doing fine. I'm actually getting more of them tomorrow, which will be sweet because I only have 3 females (eye roll).

As far as other updates....I got a PPS Pro fert package coming in from nilcog tomorrow as well, meaning this tank will have a regular fertilizer schedule from now on. Still have to work on the DIY co2 though, I keep forgetting. Then again, the floaters lower the light intensity. Speaking of floaters, my RRF is now flowering, and doing really well in this tank .....as is the duckweed but whatever. The frogbit is doing nicely as well. I might, maybe, throw in some dwarf water lettuce once I remove most of the duckweed, but then again doing that means less RRF, and I really like this RRF.

I removed some plants as well. Currently, aside from the fissidens, the only plants in here are DJG Belem (which is spreading slowly but surely), the Lysimachia nummularia ‘Gold’, which is slowly being propegated out, Rotala wallichi, and Rotala colorata. Everything will be looking better once I have ferts though.

Thinking still about fish I want to add. Green neons seem like a neat idea, as well as any other nano schooling fish that exists (except ember tetras since those are rocking it in my 10). Still thinking about doing a badis or dario species but, those are expensive, hard to come by, and a little difficult so I might not bother.

I do want to get 3 nerite snails of some kind though, and maybe an amano shrimp or two, just to be my algae eating team.
07-23-2013 07:25 PM
HybridHerp Okay, so, I don't have pics yet, but I will soon because I'm getting a few new things.

One thing though, that I can't figure out, is what plants I want to keep in this thing.

I took out the unknown thing (realized it was L. glandulousa and I want it in my 75), the banana plant, and the araguai....and I've been letting the floaters do their thing.

There is a piece of wood I have for this tank that I found at a lfs that is pretty nice, going to cover it in some TRUE mini fissidens....but I'm stumped on what else to keep in here plant wise.

And fish wise as well. So far I have a trio of endlers, and am going to be breeding fire red cherry shrimp in here, as well as my mess of snails. I might want to do chili rasbora in here too, or something.....maybe not little red fish maybe a different color lol.

Ideas guys? My ideas for this tank have been meh as I've been focusing on my 75 more than anything.
07-11-2013 08:38 PM
HybridHerp Still no hardscape...almost considering not having any hardscape in here at this point.


Full Tank shot...I'm not going to bother with a list of what I have in here until I actually have more things in here lol



I like floaters, especially when they are guarded from the filter and can grow like mad. Its just duckweed, frogbit, and red root floater....going to try and phase out the duckweed so that it is more frogbit and RRF.


Grass is spreading, E. belem. Always fun.


Lone Endler male...he has two female in here though. Really small but the colors started appearing last week.


Not sure if I want to keep the araguai and banana plant here....already have both species in my 75. Might keep the banana plant if it can flower though.


Colorata doesn't like being blood red for me. Probably because I don't actually dose anything in here....should probably start dosing at least trace.


Idk what this is, it isn't doing much though...might just toss it into my grow out tank.
06-30-2013 03:29 PM
HybridHerp I want an opinion. What kind of hardscape would be cool in here? At first, I thought mopani driftwood would be kind of nice, but now I am not so sure.

Maybe I shouldn't do wood at all and should do rocks of some kind....opinions please?
06-28-2013 03:08 AM
HybridHerp Oops, I never updated this *fail*

I still need hardscape in this tank, and to do things with my plant selection, and shrimp, and fish.....okay I need to do a lot in retrospect but its starting to head somewhere at least :P

So far the stock is just 3 endler fry, mts, ramshorn snails, and physa snails. All I know aside is that I want some neocardinia variety in this tank, and maybe some horned nerites. I'd love to try some badis badis in here as well. I guess this is going to be a mini and portable version of my 10 gallon lol



FTS



Duckweed and Frogbit. There is also RRF in here, but its being over run by the other floaters, which is a shame but perhaps it will bounce back for me.



Wallichi and colorata. I have a lot of Rotala's now it seems, even though I'm more into ludwigia species....go figure :P



Banana plant that I had around along with H. araguai. Not sure if I want either to ultimately be in here, as I already have both in my 75. Thinking about it, an erio might look nice where this banana is...and would be more appropriate for this size tank.



What is this? Its either a ludwigia or alternantha....

Aside from these plants, I also have DHG belem that's slowly spreading. Thinking about mixing marselia in with it as well, but perhaps not. I also have L. nummularia 'gold' that survived the previous incarnation of this tank that is slowly growing in here.

I really need to get some diy co2 or a paintball thing going on in here....probably yeast over paintball though due to yeast probably being easier to move around than a paintball canister...plus not sure how my RA's would feel about that :P
06-05-2013 05:20 AM
HybridHerp

The re-do has begun (actually, I've finished the substrate and have filled with water and added a very very VERY small amount of plants....but for some reason I don't have pics yet...boo).

Going to also try out manzita wood for the first time ever for this tank. Should be cool. No idea what plants and inverts/fish I want for this tank though, although I do know I want at least a single type of shrimp, maybe a nice neocardina variation like blue velvet or something. And maybe some badis badis or some endler guppies or something....literally clueless as to how I want to go about this tank.
05-13-2013 05:10 AM
HybridHerp
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Originally Posted by PeterN1986 View Post
How did you get your glosso to grow so lush without CO2, and how long did it take to get that way? I added marsilea minuta from H4N last week to ~75% of the foreground of my Mini-M and it does grow pretty slow so far. I'm going to be trimming/tearing out some of the java moss from the tank too, if you are interested.
It didn't take long at all, although now its a mess. The combination of dirt substrate and high lighting let it explode. But I couldn't keep up with it.

Since I'm re-doing this tank, I'm thinking of doing Mini-M in place of glosso, that way it wont get out of control so quickly. The glosso I have left though, I can throw into a grow out tank just to have around, same with the E. belem I have still kicking it.

I might even try and get both established in my 75, idk yet.
05-08-2013 11:01 PM
PeterN1986
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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
This tank kind of had a major meltdown, so I think I'm going to re-scape, keep mostly the same plant species, and start fresh over the summer

Thinking of having a moss wall, ACTUALLY getting diy co2 going like I wanted to....and doing better with shrimp and keeping on top of things better.

Also thinking of having some wood come out of the top and using a different carpeting plant, since the glosso was nice but it eventually chocked itself out because I wasn't really sure how to trim it. I'm thinking of switching to UG or HC or just doing DHG Belem by itself, or maybe marsalia since it grows slower and looks similar to glosso. Or just keep glosso and actually keep it trimmed nicely.

I'll link this journal to a new one once I start re-doing things. I want to focus more on doing a nice aquascape instead of just having a nice collection of plants.
How did you get your glosso to grow so lush without CO2, and how long did it take to get that way? I added marsilea minuta from H4N last week to ~75% of the foreground of my Mini-M and it does grow pretty slow so far. I'm going to be trimming/tearing out some of the java moss from the tank too, if you are interested.
05-08-2013 07:12 PM
HybridHerp This tank kind of had a major meltdown, so I think I'm going to re-scape, keep mostly the same plant species, and start fresh over the summer

Thinking of having a moss wall, ACTUALLY getting diy co2 going like I wanted to....and doing better with shrimp and keeping on top of things better.

Also thinking of having some wood come out of the top and using a different carpeting plant, since the glosso was nice but it eventually chocked itself out because I wasn't really sure how to trim it. I'm thinking of switching to UG or HC or just doing DHG Belem by itself, or maybe marsalia since it grows slower and looks similar to glosso. Or just keep glosso and actually keep it trimmed nicely.

I'll link this journal to a new one once I start re-doing things. I want to focus more on doing a nice aquascape instead of just having a nice collection of plants.
02-15-2013 02:21 PM
PeterN1986 I had my 20 gallon tank that I started at home in NYC. Then I got a new job in Pittsburgh and drained a little over half my tank and carefully put it in my car. I drove it 7 hours straight from NYC to Pittsburgh, with all that water sloshing around going through the Allegheny mountains. I miraculously lost ZERO fish during that trip. When I set the tank in my Pittsburgh place, there was a lot of dirt and sediment floating around, but it settled in the next two days.

Then 8 months later, I moved from Pittsburgh to Philly, which is only a 4 hour drive. Drained half the tank again, but I lost some fish this time. No water spillage in either trip, just don't brake hard!
02-15-2013 12:01 AM
Xalyx Can you give me a more in-depth explanation on how you manage to travel with your tank? In a car? Handled how exactly? I'll have to possibly do the same thing in the upcoming year so it'd be nice if you explained the whole thing to me.
02-14-2013 10:28 PM
Monster Fish If you're already doing the weekly water changes, you're better off going with an EI schedule.
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