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Old 08-20-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Diego's 4 Gal Finnex Update 09/15/10


So here it goes, at the begging I wanted to spend as less money possible but there's always an improvement to get haha.

What I have now is:

Equipment:
Azoo Reg with 5lb tank
4 Gallon Finnex with 26 watt light fixture and the finnex canister filter.
Fluval 25watt Heater (It gets pretty cold in the winter).
ADA Aquasoil 3 liters.
Seriyu Stone (1) Thank to MCHRKiller

Im only going to grow HC or at least try haha, I want it simple as possible right now. It's my first tank so we will see how it goes.

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I don't have the pressurized CO2 working yet, im still waiting for the check valve and bubble counter to come in the mail so im dosing excel for now.

PS:Yes I do suck at planting HC... I didnt even have the right tools lol.

Diego

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Old 08-20-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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Great, I love it!
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:14 AM   #3
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nice start. i cant wait to see how it progresses.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:21 PM   #4
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Are you going to put fish in? Or inverts? I'm too impatient for just one plant right now
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Old 08-21-2010, 06:09 PM   #5
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I dont know yet , if its fish it will be cardinal tetras probably because they are quite small, if its invertebrates id like to put in CRS but they are quite expensive so will see now... I also need a job that will make big difference haha

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Old 08-21-2010, 08:22 PM   #6
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UPDATE:

Just got all my parts for the CO2, ill post picture once its installed.
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:44 PM   #7
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Looking good. The rock is very monolithic. It will look pretty awesome if the HC fills in fully with that rock sticking out.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:25 AM   #8
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Thank Outlaw, no I have hair algae on the tank, I overdosed excel so I'm guessing thats the problem, im going to stop dossing it and see how it goes. cheers!
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:09 AM   #9
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very nice for your first tank! HC + seriyu stone is always a winner. You may want to try a background plant to give the tank some depth. Dwarf hairgrass is always classic for an iwagumi. Blyxa is another good choice if you feel up to the frequent trims. It is a pretty fast growing plant and can take over a scape in no time.

Please don't put cardinal tetras in a 4 gallon tank. They actually get quite large. I have some that are a good 1.5inches and of course they need room for swimming. Cardinals don't really belong in anything smaller than a 20gallon. If you want some fish in there, I suggest a microrasbora like boraras briggittae. They are very small which won't throw off the sense of size for your scape. You could probably get away with keeping ~8 of them in a 4gallon. You can always try shrimp! Warning though: once you try shrimp you will be hooked. I started out with the classic RCS and now have had CRS, snowballs, tiger, blue tiger, amano. They are addicting!
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:58 PM   #10
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Thank Zeldar! I'm actually going to keep shrimp in it once its cycled, im supposed to get them today in the mail so while my tank gets cycled and im going to keep them in a 1.5 tetra water wonders, should do the job while they wait, I got them some algae disks a mossball and shrimp pellets so they can be spoiled while they wait hehe.
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:48 AM   #11
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Here's an update of my tank

Added the Co2 and a moss ball which ill be removing in a couple of days, the hair algae seems to be going away with lots of water changes and co2 boost.
I also decreased the size of the intake of the filter, it was too close to the plants and it bothered me.

Removed the drop checker because I couldn't do a 4dkh solution lol or at least it didn't work so once its cycled ill worry about it. I should be moving the tank to another room with a bio cube stand I found for 30 bucks!
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:16 AM   #12
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The tank is looking great. I actually kinda like the moss ball in there. haha
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:59 AM   #13
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Glad to see the stones found a nice tank to call home, looks great so far
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:08 AM   #14
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The ball had to go :P, pearling has slowed down a lot, I boosted up the CO2 but god knows what the problem is... plants are green but still not much pearling... i'll be updating soon.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:09 PM   #15
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Tank looks great. I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of pearling. The important thing right now is them not melting. Have you thought about adding a background of dwarf hairgrass for more interest?
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