xenxes's Aqueon 20L - "Bamboo Jungle" + Otos/CPDs/Pygm, PFR/CBS/OEBT/Cardinal/BluBees
Current Status (7/30/12)
No longer a forest, turned into a jungle (inside and outside the tank). Testing out a new grow light I just setup on 2/10. Established & stable, only maintenance is water top offs and sporadic feeding.
Tank Progression Pics
- 20L tank from Petco ($20)
- Recycled light & filter from broken EHEIM Aquastyle
- AquaClear 20 Power Filter, and AquaClear 50 Power Filter with Edge Pre-Filter Sponge
- Hydrofarm Grow Light System - single T5 54w
- Black Krylon Paint background
- 4 Panda Platies + unknown # of fry
- 6 Otocinclus
- 9 Corydoras Habrosus
- 11 Corydoras Pygmaeus
- 50+ Red Cherry Shrimps
- 4 Nerite Snails
- ?? Malaysian Trumpet, Ramshorn, Pond Snails
- ?? Copepods, Amphipods, Ostracods, Cladoceras
Honestly have no idea, I got 4 plant packages from members here and planted them all, lol.
- Ludwigia Grandulosa
- Lobelia Cardinalis
- Crypt Wendt Red
- Sagittaria Subulata
- Lindernia Parviflora Var 'Variegated'
- Vallisneria Americana Gigantea
- Hydocotyle Leucocephyala
- Nuphar Lutea V. 'Cape Fear'
- Ludwigia Arcuata
- Limnophila Veitnam Mini
- Narrow Leaf Java Fern
- Limnophila Aromatica
- Limnophila Repens Mini
- Star Repens
- Hygrophila Polysperma
- Green Cabomba
- Hygrophila Pinnatifida
- Rotala Macrandra
- Lucky Bamboo (Draceana) emerged
- Xmas Moss
- Marsilea Minuta
- Amazon Micro Sword
- Assorted Crypts
- Red Root Floaters
- Rotala Indica
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Picked this up @ Petco's $1/g sale for $20.
1" of dirt, 1" of Fluval Plant Stratum, 1-2" of Tahitian moon sand, aquarium gravel, river rocks & pebbles
Some pics (water is still slightly muddy from some recent planting)
Full Scape, plants look miserable as a lot were planted yesterday after being in the mail for 3 days. I've actually added more since this pic :icon_twis
Testing a terrestrial moss growth on a frogbit
Subbing to each of your tanks. Shoulda' let me know you started another one :P.
Did you get all that bamboo from Petco? I like the bamboo forest look :)! Wonder how well that bamboo will grow for you. Any idea how to propagate it?
That red moss looks great too, hope it doesn't fall off the frogbit.
As for the bamboo shrine, you could use some fishing line? Those are nearly invisible!
That is fun!
You might be aware of this, but that "bamboo" is not really bamboo. It is Draceana sanderiana, also known as lucky bamboo.
Have you considered a black background? I think it will improve with a black background.
+1 for fishing line. Go to a fishing store and by fluorocarbon freshwater tippet line. It will truly be invisible I use to catch trout in local rivers(trust me they never see it).
Got the bamboo from Walmart (Petco was expensive and short), one of those circle bunched ones for $16 (about 20+ stems). I took it apart and only kept the inner circle together. Planted other stems separately. Didn't start this tank until a week ago. Not sure about propagation (I think you just cut long top stalks off), I had 3 thicker stems from years ago and planted those also.
Would like to add a black background (the green/black contrast would be great), what do people use? Just black wallpaper? What about adhesive? Tape the sides?
Lol I bought some contact paper instead, bad experience with paint.
Walmart garden section (has to be a Walmart Supercenter). They also have the cheapest planters anywhere I've seen.
Loving the bamboo effect great idea!
The smaller Oto kicked the bucket this morning :( I noticed it flipping upside down @ the surface last night, moved it to a quarantine tank w/ some stress coat, didn't help. Its buldgy little stomach turned a yellow-ish hue (was white).
Had a nitrite spike yesterday (7.2pH/0 Ammonia/2ppm Nitrite/20ppm Nitrate). I did a 10% water change yesterday and a 25% today, added some more Nutrafin Cycle. I don't know what caused it, perhaps I left the piece of ketapang (almond) leaf rotting @ the bottom too long?
Any idea what caused the Oto to die, is it the nitrite? The other fish and inverts are all fine.
Some new pics (Day +1):
Did some more trimming, water cleared up nicely
Started growing a moss wall for my 9g
The evil ghost shrimp from my Spec, couldn't bring myself to flush it
RIP :( of course it had to be my favorite fish
I doubt it's the IAL cause you can leave those for weeks without any issues. People with shrimp tanks leave them until they turn into skeletons.
And I heard otto's are super sensitive so it's very possible the nitrate spike caused it to die. I wouldn't go overboard on the nutrafin cycle though. Not sure how well that actually works.
Hrmm I just added recommended dosage. It works the same way as getting substrate from an established tank does. Still takes about a week to cycle (much faster than without though). I waited for the spike to go up then goto 0 before introducing fish. I guess I put in too much fish at once. 3 blue platys one day, then 3 pandas the next, and 2 otos after that. Going to hold off on replacing the oto until it stabilizes.
Picked up 3 small ebony rock pieces for $5 (ripoff lol) earlier today and threw them in the tank. I saw maybe 2 RCS while rescaping, some might have gotten eaten off. It's okay, some actually started breeding in my 1/2 gal ;)
Pics (Day +2)
added some rocks, think I muddied the waters again just after it cleared :(
left side, angled for hiding
feeding on somewhatshock's veggie stick, even the betta nibbles on it
evil "ghost" shrimp approaching 2" I believe, turning gold?
Did it on mine and it looks snappy!! But I like the bamboo layout!:thumbsup:
Pics (Day +3)
replaced white mesh & green ring w/ fish lines
I found a couple fish fry in the tank! Not sure what they are or where they came from. Can't catch them they swim into the substrate, hope they survive
I know it eats veggies
what manner of creature is this?
oto getting an algae-shell snack
ordered some malaysian trumpets that came in today from HK, largest one is around 2"! is that right?
And do those look like MTS. So you should be good!
All the pearl snails come preloaded with algae ;) I think the shell algae is hair algae though, and the oto won't eat it.
The MTS are really big, guess I'll throw the big ones into the 20g and distribute the others.
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