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Old 07-13-2015, 01:22 AM   #1
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5g hex NPT office tank


I've had this 5 gallon hex NTP in my office since 2012. It fell into a state of disrepair and algae took over. Tore it down and rebuilt it better, faster, stronger.

Old tank:


The dark stuff on the bottom is pretty much a massive network of dracaena (lucky bamboo) and pothos roots. You can't see it, but hanging over the other side is like 10' of pothos vines.

Reset tank planted:


Reset tank has a substrate of backyard soil capped with gravel.

Plants are: some kind of spotted sword, some kind of ludwiga (I think), some other kind of ludwiga (ludwiga repens?), anubias, anubias nana, banana plant, anacharis.

There's more anacharis and two marimo balls in with my betta Nautica that will move in with her. Plus some bacopa that's in a nerite snail "spa" for bba.

I planted and set it up on 7/7/15:


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The cloudy water settled a lot over the first couple days, but still kind of hazy by Friday. I was worried about colloidal clay, and tried a dose of Seachem's Clarify (our tap is liquid rock so I'm ok if it softens the water a little). It worked like a charm.

Tank on 7/10/15:


Also, I've built two hang-on baskets to plant the pothos in and reign in those roots, plus plant some dragon tongue (Hemigrphis repanda).
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Pics from 7/16:

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Bonus shot of Nautica's 1 gal, forgot to post last week:



Updates:
7/14 added three male snakeskin Endlers Livebearers, two nerite snails, and "riparium" planters. I made some hanging planters out of shower caddies. Got J-Hook pipe hangers, cut them down, superglued them on. All ideas from these forums, thanks guys! The substrate is my own radical idea: floral water beads, which I'll be posting about separately.



I planted the old pothos vines, which look really pitiful after being in a tub outside. Hopefully they'll rebound. Also planted some Dragon's Tongue (Hemigraphis Repanda). The plant I initially used is about a year old and really wilted after being unpotted, so on 7/16 I pulled that and tried with young plantlets, which are doing GREAT.

So what I've figured out about riparium plants is: 1) it's much, much easier to remove damp soil from a potted plant than dry soil, and 2) plantlets handle the switch better than older plants do.

The new tank algae "hazing" is bba. Fortunately there's not a lot and the snails are doing a good job keeping on top of it. I take back everything I ever said about nerites. (They were less than effective in my previous tank, over run with green spot and bga.)

One of the Endlers seemed a little off from the get go, wouldn't hang out with the other two. He died after one day, and was replaced with a regular (wild type) Endler, who is doing great. They are ALSO eating the bba which is pretty awesome.

Most of the plants are growing, albeit slowly. The anacharis is growing quickly. The bacopa is melting it's old leaves but has lots of little baby leaves, so it's a wash I guess? The banana plant dropped a couple leaves the first week but seems to have settled down. The large anubias was doing poorly before the rebuild, some of the larger / older leaves had yellow edges, the yellow parts have melted but the plant overall looks better. No new yellowing.

Plans are: add a couple amano skrimps, trim the anubias and replant trimmings, add more riparium plants, add some floating plants, and next week (probably) move betta in along with additional anubias and marimo balls.
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Pics as of 7/22:


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On 7/22, added trio of Amano shrimp. One looked poor from the start (had no food in his gut) and died that night. I decided not to replace. The other two are doing great. Watching them eat, I finally understand why shrimp tanks are so popular.

The nerite snails have been temporarily banished to the 1 gal snail spa, on account of their mollusc hanky panky. I don't want nerite eggs everywhere but I feel bad breaking up snail Romeo and Juliet. Ultimately I plan to trade in the lady zebra (boo is a tracked nerite so I know which one's which, haha).

On 7/29, rearranged some of the plants, added more anacharis, added two more anubias nana petite, and moved female betta in. I still have to replant some of the small ludwigia that was moved and weight down the anubias.

I have a couple large but tatty looking marimo balls, that I am debating cutting one up and tying it to some stones or craft mesh to make a "moss" carpet.

The pothos did not rebound but the dragon tongue is looking great.
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Pics as of 7/22:


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"Back"


Overhead


On 7/22, added trio of Amano shrimp. One looked poor from the start (had no food in his gut) and died that night. I decided not to replace. The other two are doing great. Watching them eat, I finally understand why shrimp tanks are so popular.

The nerite snails have been temporarily banished to the 1 gal snail spa, on account of their mollusc hanky panky. I don't want nerite eggs everywhere but I feel bad breaking up snail Romeo and Juliet. Ultimately I plan to trade in the lady zebra (boo is a tracked nerite so I know which one's which, haha).

On 7/29, rearranged some of the plants, added more anacharis, added two more anubias nana petite, and moved female betta in. I still have to replant some of the small ludwigia that was moved and weight down the anubias.

I have a couple large but tatty looking marimo balls, that I am debating cutting one up and tying it to some stones or craft mesh to make a "moss" carpet.

The pothos did not rebound but the dragon tongue is looking great.

Very nice! I have to ask how you knew you had a male or female nerite?
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