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devilduck 09-23-2013 12:59 AM

Gautama Awakens 7g nano Journal
Tank: Aquatop High Clarity Low Iron Glass Cube 7.13 Gallons
Light: Finnex Fugeray 12" & Fugeray-R
Substrate: EcoComplete Black with a thin layer of Osmocote Plus at the bottom
Filter: Zoo Med 501 w/ Ehiem Substrat and Purigen
Heater: Catalina 50w
CO2: 5 lbs tank w/ Fluval nano diffusor

Flora: Rotala sp. colorata and green, Alternanthera Reineckii Mini, dhg belem

Fauna: 8 corydoras pygmaeus,
? ramshorn snails,
3 Chili Rasboras
2 Ginga Rubra guppies
3 Microrasbora erythromicron
1 Sparkling gourami
1 Amano shrimp

Decor: Buddha head I bought off ebay, looks to be made of concrete.

After seeing a few very well done "Buddha" tanks, I wanted to do on of my own in the living room. My wife is acutely aware of my growing MTS so I had to keep it small "nice looking".

I started with a dry start with the Eleocharis Belem and three tiny downoi plantlets. After 2 months I lost patience and flooded the tank. The E. Belem grew so slowly, it just started barely shooting out runners. The downoi on the other hand doubled in size.

I love the pymy corys! They are such an energetic fish. I hope I didn't make a mistake by putting them in a newly setup tank. My parameters look good since the media in hob is from a established filter canister filter.
I used self adhesive window tint to black out the back of the tank.
Right before planting and flooding the tank. I didn't bother photo documenting the last 2 months since it mostly looked like this. Maybe E. belem wasn't the greatest choice to go with dsm?
e. belem high after 2 months
Finished tank...for now.
Corys shoaling.

xxUnRaTeDxxRkOxx 09-23-2013 02:54 AM

Sweet looking setup you have going, I have the same 10" Finnex FugeRay on my Evolve 4. It's such a sweet little LED light isn't it?

CatFishStryk 09-23-2013 03:39 AM

Wow, didn't realize that you could have so many corys (even pygmy) in a tank that size. Very reassuring for my tank ideas! Very nice looking tank!

frenchie1001 09-23-2013 05:05 AM

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intersted how you go with the cories. i put 8 in a freshish tank and i think ive lost them all.

devilduck 09-23-2013 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by frenchie1001 (Post 4341433)
intersted how you go with the cories. i put 8 in a freshish tank and i think ive lost them all.

They were an impulse buy at a fish show. So far they appear to be active and eating. I'll post updates on them. I really like them and I hope they make it.

bitFUUL 09-23-2013 02:17 PM

Are you sure it's the 10" light? The 7 gallon cube is 12" all around.

devilduck 09-23-2013 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by bitFUUL (Post 4342449)
Are you sure it's the 10" light? The 7 gallon cube is 12" all around.

Duh! You are correct it is the 12" Fugeray, the cube is 30cm about 11.8 inches.

When I had the light on during the dry start it didn't look like it was enough light. Now that it's filled it's looking pretty good. I'm aim toward the mid to high end of medium level lighting once the CO2 gets setup.

hryder77 09-23-2013 10:56 PM

that Buddha head would look really cool around allot of overgrown hair grass. Kinda like a lost artifact look ;)

second 09-24-2013 02:47 AM

Very cool

devilduck 09-24-2013 04:22 AM

Ran into a bit of a problem with the Buddha head. I took it out to clean what I though was algae growing on the face. Lightly scrubbed it with a toothbrush and the white came off revealing a darker color underneath.

I thought the stone was naturally white but it seems it was some type of paint or coloring, the stone underneath is a lot darker. Took it out quickly then did a 80% water change. Hopefully whatever leeched out in the 24 hours won't kill my cories....
They seem to be acting alright. Will probably continue to do some small water changes daily for the next couple of days.

An hour of cleaning with 3 different brushes and here is the newly cleaned up Buddha head, it's a bit darker:

devilduck 10-03-2013 02:00 PM

Two week update on growth.

Trimmed the hair grass in hopes of promoting runners.

Added one amano shrimp to control algae on dhg but he seems more adapt at stealing the Cory's food.

Pygmy Corys are doing great!

The two blue ramshorns have had eggs and I see babies on the leaves.

devilduck 10-12-2013 10:27 PM

Some type of infection has hit the tank. Noticed that the tails of he corys were gone and they started acting listless. Next day I lost the amino shrimp and two corys.

I started dosing kanaplex in hopes of stopping the die off...:(

devilduck 10-16-2013 07:47 PM

After 3 days of Kanaplex treatment there are no more losses! Fish are back to acting like their playful selves.

Moved 2 amano shrimp from my main tank to this one to control some hair algae that I'm seeing start to appear on the glass.

Looking to add either Endler livebearer males or ginga rubra guppies as the next occupant.

devilduck 10-25-2013 11:54 PM


Tank is now clear of whatever infection was killing shrimps/fish. Total losses were 1 large amano and 2 pygmy corys.

- Added 2 croaking gouramis, I mistook them for sparkling gouramis. If they get too big I will move them to the main tank.

- Added aquarium hk brand lily pipe and intake
Pygmy cory meeting on top of Buddha's head.
Croaking Gouramis

second 10-26-2013 12:08 AM

That looks great!

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