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Old 08-16-2011, 03:23 AM   #16
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very nice tank! love the scape

2 questions:
1) the red plant is...? tiger lotus? cause that looks AWESOME
2) the zoomed 501 - how do u like it? does it have good flow?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:15 AM   #17
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very nice tank! love the scape

2 questions:
1) the red plant is...? tiger lotus? cause that looks AWESOME
2) the zoomed 501 - how do u like it? does it have good flow?
1. Yes, tiger lotus. People say it isn't a "nano" plant. I wish I took some pictures yesterday but you can keep the leaves very small and it only grows big if you let it. Make sure you let it establish itself first. Right now, the leaves are the same size and my anubus petite "nana". They will grow big left unattended.

2. The zoomed 501 has plenty of flow for a 5 gallon, IMO. I actually had it on a 10 and was content- http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ock-scape.html

I actually am not a fan of my tanks having crazy flow. This is about perfect for the tank, IMO. I wouldn't use it (again) on something larger. I don't think it lacks for something this size. It has been extremely reliable too. I don't use the spray bar though, I lost it and had glass outflow which I use. I broke the inflow but don't feel like replacing it. I don't know how much I would like or dislike with the stock spray bar but how I have it...I love it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:07 PM   #18
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Sooo, unfortunately Liby died. I am not sure what happened, my girlfriend had been working a lot and I had been sick so I wasn't over there for a week. I tested the water and everything seemed fine, don't know what happened.

I also had to tear out all the plants in the back to find the body. I didn't take pictures but it will have to "grow into itself again". I am thinking it will look back to normal in about 2 weeks. The good thing is I made more room for new plants.



My question. We are not sure if we want another frog, or fish. As much as my girlfriend likes frogs, I think fish will bring a lot more life to this tank.

What would you suggest for a 5 gallon? I don't want to break the bank with something rare or exotic. A frog costs $2. A LFS has some cool varieties of Endlers which are appealing to me as I like the colors. I really would just go for guppies but they will be too big for the tank. I am just looking for something colorful that can deal with the small size. The smaller, the better.
just joined, new to planted tanks, but not new to frogs so thought I'd chime in. How and what were you feeding the frog? It looks skinny from the pictures. Mine need to have a "plate" in their tank, I just use a small flower pot saucer to put the food in. That way they always know where to go for food since their vision isn't very good. I use sand now, but when they were on gravel there would be no chance for them to get the food as it would just fall through. They're awesome little frogs, although it can be a pain when it comes to finding a good way to feed them, but once you do you're all set. They also do best with at least one other as they're social
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:43 PM   #19
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just joined, new to planted tanks, but not new to frogs so thought I'd chime in. How and what were you feeding the frog? It looks skinny from the pictures. Mine need to have a "plate" in their tank, I just use a small flower pot saucer to put the food in. That way they always know where to go for food since their vision isn't very good. I use sand now, but when they were on gravel there would be no chance for them to get the food as it would just fall through. They're awesome little frogs, although it can be a pain when it comes to finding a good way to feed them, but once you do you're all set.
That's good to know. She actually got pretty fat. I realized I had to over feed to get her to eat, which wasn't a bad thing as the substrate is inert and the decaying food helped the plants. Over time, I started feeding less.

I fed frozen blood worms most of the time along with freeze dried worms. I also would put normal fish pellets in but it wouldn't eat much of that.

Anyway, she didn't seem to have trouble eating, I wasn't around this tank for awhile (it's not at my house). That was only for about a week.

The thing I think may have been the issue is the tank isn't heated. I read that was fine. I have also had unheated tanks before. However, I don't have AC, my girlfriend does. The place gets really hot during the day and we blast the AC when someone gets home. It's only like 400 square ft so the temp dropped quick. I think the temperature fluctuation may have been the cause.

If I get another frog, I will take that into account. I also bought a heater for the tank. I don't know what the stocking is yet, we plan to figure it out this weekend.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:31 AM   #20
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hmm yeah sounds like the feeding was fine. Who knows I guess...sometimes things just happen. I would keep a thermometer in there (if the heater doesn't have it) so you really know what the temp is and can adjust accordingly. I only use a heater in the winter, just a really simple one, does the trick with my thermometer so I just keep an eye on it. I'm a frog enthusiast so I'd try again with a pair of them! But that's just me haha good luck with whatever you choose!
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:01 AM   #21
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hmm yeah sounds like the feeding was fine. Who knows I guess...sometimes things just happen. I would keep a thermometer in there (if the heater doesn't have it) so you really know what the temp is and can adjust accordingly. I only use a heater in the winter, just a really simple one, does the trick with my thermometer so I just keep an eye on it. I'm a frog enthusiast so I'd try again with a pair of them! But that's just me haha good luck with whatever you choose!
We tried a pair and the male was super aggressive. He didn't last that long, I think it's just the fact we bought it at petsmart. I really did like the frog's quirky behavior but they get really hard to see in a tank this densely planted. I am the type to look at a tank for a long time, my girlfriend just likes to glance at it. I don't know how many times she freak out, thinking the frog was dead too.

Anyway, she wants something more colorful and active so it's going to be fish.


For the nano fish guru's, right now I am thinking about some sort of endler variation. I don't like "regular endlers" personally and the place I am going to likely go is here- http://www.albanyaquarium.com/fish/index.php They don't have what I want listed but I believe they are "tiger endlers".

If anyone see's something else on the site that would be good, let me know. The smaller the better. Colorful is important as is something that doesn't like one level of the tank (especially the bottom or top).
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:05 AM   #22
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Pretty sweet. A good candidate for a tank for my office.
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I like how the lily is low to the substrate. Do you cut it back to the substrate? How often do you have to trim it?
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:47 AM   #24
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I like how the lily is low to the substrate. Do you cut it back to the substrate? How often do you have to trim it?
Not all that often. I usually have to trim something else before that so it isn't something problematic. If you let it grow though, it will get big, both in size, and the leaf size grows tremendously. This thing can get leaves about 2.5 in under the current light (and bigger than that when I had one in my 29 gallon). I can keep the leaves under about 1in by trimming.

This is how someone explained it to me. If you let it grow, it will grow to the top and loose the bottom leaves. If you trim it to the height you like, the lotus will "think" it's hitting the top of the water and not try to grow higher for awhile. So, if you trim it low, it doesn't try to go much higher than the highest leave, and then starts growing up from there. I probably trim it once a month, it stays small but also doesn't try to gain height. It could easily take over a 90 gallon if you let it, over a long period of time, but is also easily manageable.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:42 AM   #25
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Update:

First, I had to do a small, unintentional rescape. This was because I had to find the body of the frog. I went to buy new fish but did not find anything interesting. I bought a few new plants for my 29 gallon and I put 2 new stems in. Hopefully this will add more color.

I have a single guppy in there right now, just to see what it looks like, I actually like it. I was thinking about endlers, or a more exotic guppy but the simple color is appealing to me.

Anyway, new pics....



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Haven't seen frogs in planted tanks since I took my last one out 2 years ago. Kind of miss the activity of the frogs. Let me know if you are interested in any Top Bar Snake Chest endlers. They are still rare and limited to certain endler keepers only. I have registered to keep the line but need to split some tanks.
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Haven't seen frogs in planted tanks since I took my last one out 2 years ago. Kind of miss the activity of the frogs. Let me know if you are interested in any Top Bar Snake Chest endlers. They are still rare and limited to certain endler keepers only. I have registered to keep the line but need to split some tanks.
Thanks for the offer, PM me about the details. Ironically, I am really starting to love fancy guppies. I never kept them until a month ago as I always thought they were too "regular". I put 2 more in, one is a "Tequila Sunrise", the other are both all yellow. They have this goofy gracefulness I love. Between the bright yellow and the personality, they brought so much new life to this tank.
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That's good to know. She actually got pretty fat. I realized I had to over feed to get her to eat, which wasn't a bad thing as the substrate is inert and the decaying food helped the plants. Over time, I started feeding less.

I fed frozen blood worms most of the time along with freeze dried worms. I also would put normal fish pellets in but it wouldn't eat much of that.

Anyway, she didn't seem to have trouble eating, I wasn't around this tank for awhile (it's not at my house). That was only for about a week.

The thing I think may have been the issue is the tank isn't heated. I read that was fine. I have also had unheated tanks before. However, I don't have AC, my girlfriend does. The place gets really hot during the day and we blast the AC when someone gets home. It's only like 400 square ft so the temp dropped quick. I think the temperature fluctuation may have been the cause.

If I get another frog, I will take that into account. I also bought a heater for the tank. I don't know what the stocking is yet, we plan to figure it out this weekend.
I was wondering if it could have been a temp issue too. I noticed that it's pretty close to the stove. Wonder if that could cause the temp to swing. I know my kitchen can really heat up when I cook, especially if I use the stove and the oven together. Lol.
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Btw, I really like your set up.
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I was wondering if it could have been a temp issue too. I noticed that it's pretty close to the stove. Wonder if that could cause the temp to swing. I know my kitchen can really heat up when I cook, especially if I use the stove and the oven together. Lol.

Btw, I really like your set up.
We never had an issue with the stove. It was once we got a heatwave. I can't even narrow it down, I didn't have a thermometer on the tank, just one I would put in to check every now and then. I also wasn't around for a week (at the GF's place). I just have to speculate but now I have a heater and thermometer.


That said, I didn't get pics but I am loving the new guppies. I am going all "Tequila Sunrise" on this tank. I think I can do 5. I am starting with 3 and checking parameters.
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