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Old 02-06-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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ADA Cube Garden 45-F Iwagumi (NEW PHOTOS ADDED! 5/21)


Size:
45x24x16cm; around 4.6 gallon

Plants:
Rotala Nanjenshan
Rotala Singapore
Dwarf Baby Tears (HC)
Dwarf Hair Grass
One unknown plant on the left middle ground Between the two stones on the left. (ID)

Inhabitants:
5 Oto. Cat (I know that's a lot for a 4.6 gallon but don't blame me because I figure that they do much much better in a group of three or above, especially when there are "horrible" looking (to them) inhabitants like shrimps. My water passes all kinds of water test but they were still so stressed that they suffered form inch when there were only two of them. They are the most gentle and timid fish I have ever seen)
9 Taiwan Red Fire Shrimps
9 Amano Shrimps
A bunch of Malaysian Trumpet Snails.

Substrate:
ADA Amazonia

*CO2 when the light is on.
*Archaea 36W power compact light fixture (clamp on type)
*25W Marina Internal Heater
*Seiryu stones.

Let me know what you guys think!








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Old 02-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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Very nice!
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Wow, very cool. The left side looks pretty much grown out. Have fun with all the trimmings.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Hmm...My friend and I just planted those things on the left. Should I spread them out a bit?
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #5
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You did well. You did good with the picture it really makes me think it's a big tank. But I was wrong, it's actually not even 5 gallon.

If there is any critique, I think the rocks seem to be over powering. I would personally go with a little smaller ones. But your placements are excellent.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:38 AM   #6
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Thanks for your comments! Actually, I am surprised of how it looks like in photos too...I am still constantly fooled by the photos. My friend and I believe that scaping small tanks are even more challenging (but of coz the main reason is that we don't have enough space...)!

The stones...I thought of breaking them up with force but they are so gorgeous that I stopped myself from doing that. But you are right, they seem a bit disproportionate.

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You did well. You did good with the picture it really makes me think it's a big tank. But I was wrong, it's actually not even 5 gallon.

If there is any critique, I think the rocks seem to be over powering. I would personally go with a little smaller ones. But your placements are excellent.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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Now we will have to think of what fish to add.

As I have said, it's just a 4.8 gallon tank. I need some really really small fish. Good schooler, of course.

Rule out Neon, Cardinal, Ember.

Green Neon Tetra? They seem a bit too big.

Chili Rosbora...they are the really small ones, right? But they look really shy to me.

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Old 02-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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The stones...I thought of breaking them up with force but they are so gorgeous that I stopped myself from doing that. But you are right, they seem a bit disproportionate.
I don't feel like the rocks are disproportionate at all. Their size really makes for an epic-feeling landscape, and I think you'd be crazy to change them. If had you told me that was a 40 gallon tank, I'd have believed you. You did a great job!
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:25 PM   #9
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Thank you so much for your comment! Does anyone think that the rotala on the left looks overgrown? And is there any suggestion of what tiny fish to add?

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I don't feel like the rocks are disproportionate at all. Their size really makes for an epic-feeling landscape, and I think you'd be crazy to change them. If had you told me that was a 40 gallon tank, I'd have believed you. You did a great job!
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:29 PM   #10
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wow thats amazing! i'm about to start on a lid-less fluval edge and i wish mine can come out nearly half as good as that. awesome job on the scape!!

ever think about painting the back of the tank?
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As for fish, I would go with Galaxy Rasboras. Research them on youtube or google. I love them. Very tiny and very cute.
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:28 AM   #12
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I am kinda interested in green neon tetra. Is it good for the tiny tank? Are they small enough? Do they school well?
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Green neons do school well, but I'm not sure about them being small enough for you tank. CPDs are the only thing that I know of that would fit in your tank, but they don't school well (if at all)
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I would rather have some bigger schooling fish then smaller non-schooling fish.

Is this kind of light going to give rise to green water though? How many hours of light should I have?
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I would rather have some bigger schooling fish then smaller non-schooling fish.
In my experience (as I have them now), they're pretty much tight together.
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