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HybridHerp 12-19-2012 05:02 AM

HybridHerp's 5.5 gallon College Tank
Okay, FINALLY, I get around to making a Journal for this tank. I like keeping my tanks separate, especially this one because this is my tank that comes with me everywhere. Which is annoying because I drain it half way and then transport it with all of the stock when I go to and from college on long breaks, but its worth the slight pain.

Anyways, let me start with a, kinda blurry looking, fts.

This tank's only problems, currently, are some annoying algae's and a mess of bladderwort (that I want to go away....or mix in with the floaters and flower......but mostly just go away). Oh, and duckweed to the extreme......

But anyways, lets talk about the specs of this thing. Its a simple 5.5 gallon tank, with organic potting mix capped with pool filter sand for the substrate, a Whisper 20 (I believe) filter that I have with a mini make shift sponge on the intake, and a Ray2 Ultraslim 16" DS.

Anyways, here is the stocklist.

Eleocharis belem - “ Dwarf Hairgrass” (mixed in with the glosso)
Glossotigma elatinoides – “Glosso” (main carpet, needs to be thinned a little more)
Ludwigia sp. ‘Red’ – “Ludwigia” (trying to get a nice group out in the front, going well so far) got this from knuggs
Polygonum kawagoeanum (I really like this plant, been trimming and propegating it and I need to make it look more prominent) got this from knuggs as well
Rotala sp. wallichii – “Wallichii” (It needs a hard trim, and I need to start selling clippings or removing the bottoms and just keeping the tops)
Unknown Stem (its the green thing that looks like creeping jennywort) knuggs
Myriophyllum heterophyllum (hitchhiked in with the wallichi, removing as much of it as I can and keeping it in the 75 cause it looks too similar to the wallichi and it grows too fast for this tank)
Hygrophila difformis – “Wisteria” (grows so fast, so much of it.....need to thin this out a bit as well.......also where a ton of that bladderwort likes to live) got this from EllenJ
Nymphaea zenkeri - “Red Tiger Lotus” (its kinda pathetic and lost in the wallichi in the back, but it is there)
Salvinia minima – “Salvinia” (grows fast, but easier to control than the duckweed)
Lemna minor – “Duckweed” (why does this have to grow so fasttttttttt?)

More pics, yay
Here is the polygonum and the unknown plant. The unknown needs a hard trim as well, but it does look pretty. An ID would be beautiful.
I could get this plant to look more red (it looks more red in real life), but I haven't been replanting the tops as much as I should. It still needs a hard trim though, but is it okay to just trim it and then let the bottoms form new shoots or should I remove the bottoms and only use the tops?
A glimpse of the bladderwort is here, but so is my little group of Ludwigia sp. 'Red' and Wisteria. Also, you can see the mess that the combo of glosso and DHG makes. I love it though :P

Now, for the stock list. This isn't exactly a finished tank, but its good enough for me for now.

Neocaridina heteropoda – “Red Cherry Shrimp” (not sure exact numbers, need them to breed still)
Caridina serrata – “Tangerine Tiger” (same deal here with the numbers, and the whole breeding thing) from Jorge_Burrito's AMAZING ROAK
Caridina sp. – “Orange Eye Blue Tiger” x2 (two of these hitchhiked in with the ROAK)
Planorbis rubrum – “Ramshorn Snail” x# (I started with one red one.....that then become hundreds of leopard ones......I'm not complaining)
Melanoides tuberculata – “Trumpet Snail” x# (I don't even see these anymore, but I'm sure they are doing fine somewhere in there)
I want to get redder cherry varieties into this tank to increase the color of my still waiting on breeding population. But I bought some cherries at a lfs that were berried, and they managed to have their eggs hatch and then died shortly thereafter, but the crappy 10 I had them in spawned hundreds of these guys, so they are all very much related, but they are also all my own.
And one of the tangerine tigers. The OEBT are still really small and only come out every now and then, but I LOVE these guys. I want to get them breeding, and I might get more tangerine tigers as well. And heck, maybe even more OEBT since Jorge told me he kept them both together without any intermingling.

Anyways, I want to add some cool nerites at some point for sure, and once I get breeding established, I might grab some nano fish for the hell of it.

Any advice on anything would be cool, especially with that ID, getting the shrimp to breed, and trimming this bad boy up. Once I get my own paypal and figure out how to ship plants, expect me to be selling some of the extras (I need to pay to get fancy plants for my other tanks lol)
Thanks for looking :)

Hilde 12-20-2012 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by HybridHerp (Post 2114094)
Here is the polygonum and the unknown plant.

I believe that it is Hydrotriche hottoniiflora.

HybridHerp 12-20-2012 03:57 PM


Originally Posted by Hilde (Post 2115275)
I believe that it is Hydrotriche hottoniiflora.

Are you talking about the straight leafed red plant? That's my wallichi, I'm asking about the lime green plant with the round leafs.

Hilde 12-20-2012 06:14 PM


Originally Posted by HybridHerp (Post 2115355)
I'm asking about the lime green plant with the round leafs.

I was talking about the 1 with feathers, which I see now is wallichi

The 1 in the far right back with round leaves? That is definately a form of ludwiga.

HybridHerp 12-20-2012 06:32 PM

It's kinda thin to be that IMHO. And RS too green to be a ludwigia in a high light tank.

Hilde 12-20-2012 07:03 PM


Originally Posted by HybridHerp (Post 2115474)
RS too green to be a ludwigia in a high light tank.

It reminded me of ludwiga ovalis
Try finding in or plant finder

HybridHerp 12-20-2012 07:23 PM

Nah, I don't think tbwould be that. I really think its to different

HybridHerp 12-27-2012 04:58 AM

There really isn't anything new to say about this tank, other than the fact that I hate bladderwort with a passion and that I need a better pre-filter for the filter on this tank, because the thing I'm doing is clogging the hell out of my filter and not letting it run properly. Any suggestions for that btw?

Another suggestion I need is how I should be dosing this. I'm noticing a lot of holes in my leafs, which makes me sad. For this tank, I'm just dosing liquid ferts from seachem for now, since its such a small tank and its easier for me to transport the liquid stuff atm. I'm just not sure how much fert to add to things in this tank.

I'm debating doing a PPS-Pro style of dosing, or just keeping it EI, but I'm not sure how to liquid EI on such a small tank. Any help would be much appreciated.

GMYukonon24s 12-27-2012 05:41 PM

Nice setup!

HybridHerp 01-11-2013 04:08 AM

This is what this sucker looks like as of yesterday. I decided that more or less everything needed a hard trim. I also added a cherry female (pre-berried) that I found while out and about. Might help kick-start some breeding action or something. I'm still waiting on the tangerine tigers to decide to breed, and for the two OEBT to decide to grow big enough to be more visible to the naked eye lol. I also decided to scrap having any sort of pre-filter for now, and just let things do as they will. The amount of vegetation in this tank, I doubt anything with a will would be able to be sucked into a filter.

My L. Red is growing in pretty well. I think I have it more or less bushy enough, now its just a matter of letting it grow up and getting more side shoots. I really should stop being lazy and either dose excel or do DIY carbon or something, cause this doesn't grow as weed like as I've seen some say. Then again, not sure if I could handle that much more plant growth in here lol.
I love my wallichi, but some of the stems are getting a tad ratty at the bottom. I'm just, thus far, too lazy to cut and replant everything. I'll get around to that before the month ends though, I want this tank more or less well groomed before I bring it back to school with me. You can also see my lack of ability to clean the front glass before taking pics, and the nice carpeting of algae on my wood :\
Algae and bladderwort, my two problems in this tank. Also when larger ramshorns die, cause then there are just large clear shells all clumped together.
Polygonum kawagoeanum, I'd say its growing good. I kind of let the bottoms get relatively ratty though, but I'm working on it. I also am still propagating this out a bit more, going to tame the R. wallichi down and have this spreading out more. It really is a pretty plant.
This, this might be a problem though. My glosso carpet is honestly doing TOO well imho, and I really need to tame it back. What I've been doing, little by little, is pulling out extra strands and nodes of my glosso carpet and throwing them into my 75. Granted, they aren't doing that well there (I'll explain that in the other thread) but its better then them being in here. Also, I really should just figure out how to ship plants out, cause I have more than enough of this to start selling.
An attempt at a halfway decent pic of a tangerine tiger. Again, I'm just using my Iphone cause I take most of these pics right after doing water changes and tank maintenance. One of these days I'll break out a real camera and attempt to take real pics.

As far as new things happening in this tank, this really is my only stagnant tank. I'm getting some mini fisseden for the wood though, but really other than that I can't add or do more with the plants in this tank without ripping everything out lol. That and, I can't even THINK of something more worth doing, so I'd say I'm quiet happy with this tank.

However, I do want to start thinking about throwing some smaller fish in here. Moreso in the springtime, I'm going to be stocking my 10 gallon with even more mico fish, so I'd get a few things for this tank while I'm at it.

I'm debating doing endler guppies or doing some sort of dario or badis sp., or just having a small school of something or other. The one thing with this tank is that it is densely planted and open top, so whatever fish I do get shouldn't be too shy and shouldn't be known for jumping. But that's a thing for another time. Hopefully by then, I'll at least get a tangerine tiger berried or something. That'd make me feel worlds better about buying fish. I don't expect this journal to be getting updated too frequently, however I might also use this journal for my terrestrial plants as well, since those come with me to school as well as this tank. Adding a bit of variety is always a lovely thing :P

HybridHerp 01-11-2013 04:11 AM

On a side note, I really need to get my act together with fertilization in this tank. I'm just using liquid stuff for now, and while I have enough trace and iron, I'm lacking in macros not named potassium. I'm also wondering if I should be doing a PPS-Pro schedule on this, or a modified EI? I tend to do water changes of some sort once a week, simply because once I see the water starting to evaporate I just say "the hell with it" and drain some and add new water.

HybridHerp 01-16-2013 09:42 PM

Not going to bother with pics, but I did get some mini fisseden for this tank.

jamntoast 02-14-2013 08:34 PM

it looks like that unknown plant is a bacopa carolina would be my guess, not really 100% sure though

Monster Fish 02-14-2013 10:28 PM

If you're already doing the weekly water changes, you're better off going with an EI schedule.

Xalyx 02-15-2013 12:01 AM

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.

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