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.
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?
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!
intersted how you go with the cories. i put 8 in a freshish tank and i think ive lost them all.
Are you sure it's the 10" light? The 7 gallon cube is 12" all around.
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.
that Buddha head would look really cool around allot of overgrown hair grass. Kinda like a lost artifact look ;)
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:
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.
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...:(
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.
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.
That looks great!
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