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Old 10-20-2011, 06:02 AM   #1
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5.5 gallon grass tank - 12/05/12 update


Tank as of 12/05/2012





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After lurking this site for a while, I've decided to share one of my tanks.

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Tank size: 5.5 AGA
Substrate: Organic peat moss capped with Fluorite Black Sand
Lighting: 27 watt Sunlight Desk Lamp
Filtration: Tom Aquatics Rapids Mini Canister Filter
Ferts: Seachem line with Metricide whenever I change the water once a month or so. Or whenever I feel like it.
CO2: None
Flora: Eleocharis acicularis, Anubias barteri var. nana, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Limnobium laevigatum (Amazon Frogbit), Hygrophila sp. 'Tiger', Java Moss, Flame Moss
Fauna: 8 Danio margaritatus (CPDs), one Neritina natalensis sp. "Tracked", and multiple MTS

The majority of the plants started as small clippings. The crypts and anubias were pretty much just rhizomes when I dry-started the tank a year ago. The mosses and pearl weed were just one or two sprigs as well.


6/21/11 - Right before filling it up after about a year of a dry start.



10/18/11 - The tank as it is now.



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This anubias used to be nothing but a bare rhizome.



CPDs



These guys used to be about the size of a grain of rice. Now their a little bit under an inch.



MTS



Another full tank shot. I should really trim the grass and the pearl weed back.

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Old 10-20-2011, 06:06 AM   #2
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i think it looks fine. post up a video!
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:27 AM   #3
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i think it looks fine. post up a video!
Thanks! I should really post one I guess, to get the CPD's swimming in action.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:55 AM   #4
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Time for a trim?
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:12 AM   #5
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Time for a trim?
I should give it a trim but I like the wild, overgrown look of the tank. I think Ill trim it this weekend.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:39 AM   #6
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Looks amazing. It reminds me of a grass field (DHG) with bananna trees (the crypts). Doesn't need a trim; just mow the lawn a bit.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:07 PM   #7
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I assume you have multiple tanks. If that was your only tank I am amazed you waited a year for the dry start!
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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I think this looks awesome, very lush!
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:38 PM   #9
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Looks amazing. It reminds me of a grass field (DHG) with bananna trees (the crypts). Doesn't need a trim; just mow the lawn a bit.
Thanks. I wasn't sure how big the crypts were going to get when I first started the tank. When they got too tall, I had to ditch the lid to keep leaves from hitting the top.

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I assume you have multiple tanks. If that was your only tank I am amazed you waited a year for the dry start!
Yea, I only have one other planted tank at the moment and I was focused on that one for the longest time. I even neglected this tank for a while since I was busy with school and work when I first planted it dry. The only maintenance I did was pour water to keep the substrate saturated and remember to turn on the desk lamp. At one point, some of the emergent hairgrass was dying and dried out and covered with fungus.

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Thanks!
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:21 AM   #10
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I did a small trim and took a few pics. I also recorded a short vid of the tank.

Trimmed the grass. It was a PITA to remove most of the floating bits. I also thinned out the Hygro and trimmed the pearl weed.



The crypts. The one leaf in the middle is a nice bronze/olive green color while other leaves are bright green.



Added some mystery moss to the tank. Can anyone identify it?



Here's the vid I promised.
http://youtu.be/GU-4zR-Uul4
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probably java moss.
tank looks great! looks like I'll be doing dry starts in the future for at least 1 year lol...
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Looks like java/taiwan moss. Can't really tell the difference between the two.

Is your filter getting clogged with all that "grass"?
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probably java moss.
tank looks great! looks like I'll be doing dry starts in the future for at least 1 year lol...
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Looks like java/taiwan moss. Can't really tell the difference between the two.

Is your filter getting clogged with all that "grass"?
I was thinking taiwan moss, but the fronds don't look right. However I did buy the moss from a seller in the SnS as a mixed mat which also contained Peacock and Flame moss.

Actually, the filter is fine. The only time the filter gets clogged is when one of the crypt leaves melt and I am too lazy to pull the melted stuff out of the tank.
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Very nice! I like it!

I am looking for some Dwarf Hairgrass myself. lol
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It doesn't really look like flame moss, but generally when I see flame moss its much thicker than that. I have a bunch of whatever that is so if you find out P: haha. I got mine and it was labeled as java/taiwan so who knows! All does the same thing anyway
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