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Old 12-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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My 4 gal desktop nano


Hello, after lurking around these forums for a while now, I figured I'd share a tank of my own. This 4 gal has been up and running since May of 2013. Its been through many up's and down's since then and has required a lot of patience, but now i think its finally close to how I originally envisioned. This has been my most successful planted tank thus far, and Ive learned a lot in the process. Please excuse the bad photos, they seem really bright to me...I need to get myself a real camera

Tank specs:

4 gal desk top tank 12.2" L x 7.5" W x 9.8" H
lighting: 27w (7 hrs per day)
Eco complete
finnex px360
pressurized co2 1.5-2 bps w/ UP aqua inline CO2 atomizer
dry dosing EI: micros 3x a week macros 3x a week, and 50% water change on sundays

Here's a few photos of its progression, I wish I had some of when I first set it up:












And here's what it currently looks like:











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Old 12-08-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Loving the scape good job!

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Old 12-09-2013, 05:17 AM   #3
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Wow, great looking scape! Thanks for sharing, awesome pix!
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #4
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Dude that scape looks awesome. What kind of rocks are those?
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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Looks great! I need to get a nano cube of my own one of these days.

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Old 12-10-2013, 01:48 AM   #6
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Thanks guys!

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Dude that scape looks awesome. What kind of rocks are those?
Before all the algae, those rocks were a sandstone type color. I collected them in some desert mountains in western Arizona. I probably wasnt cautious enough when testing to see if they were aquarium safe, but after 7-8 months...everything seems fine. Although I have had some issues keeping nerites and shrimp in this tank...
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Lovin the tank. Nice to see how it's evolved. I like the idea of a filter outside the tank but would that not be too powerful regarding flow. I woul like to do the same but worried it might be to much flow for shrimps. What filter is that ?



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Old 12-10-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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Thanks! This is the finned px-360 compact canister filter. It has been amazing so far. The flow is perfect for the plants and I noticed instant increases in growth after I installed it. The fish don't seem hindered by the flow so I don't think it's too much for them. Shrimp on the other hand...I have had issues with, but I don't know if the flow played a part in that. I don't have much experience keeping shrimp.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:30 PM   #9
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The scape looks great, but I question the stocking level. Looks like a lot of fish for 4 gallons.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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Thanks! Do you think? It might be slightly, but those fish are all very small. The Oto's are the biggest. Plus there's lots of plants, perfect filtration and flow, and I never skip my weekly 50% water changes. You may be right though...
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It sounds like it's fine water quality wise, which is good.
I just look at the guppy and recall how active mine were, and how much otos poop. That's what makes me think the stocking level could be a bit high, but if you've got it under control, then no problem.
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That looks great! I need to get a tank like that!
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #13
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That looks great! I need to get a tank like that!
Thanks! Yeah it was part of one of those Schuber Wright kits. I ended up replacing the filter and light that came with it though.
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Lovin the tank. Nice to see how it's evolved. I like the idea of a filter outside the tank but would that not be too powerful regarding flow. I woul like to do the same but worried it might be to much flow for shrimps. What filter is that ?



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You could always point the spray bar towards the glass if you wanted to try and buffer the flow somehow. It's what I plan on doing with mine.

Nice tank, OP. Love the progression photos!
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:42 AM   #15
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I love your scape, (looks reminiscent of my Almost-ADA, down to the filter lol) but I will caution you on stocking.

Even if your parameters are fine, it's not good for certain fish to have such small space to live. I won't use the 'Human in a closet' analogy, as you definitely have a handle on fish keeping.

But it seems to me you have barbs (aggressive) and guppies (active, and susceptible to aggression) along with ottos (which are also susceptible to aggression, and need quite a good deal of plant matter to survive.

If I were you, I'd reconsider the stocking. If you don't that's your choice, but I figured since you seemed open to comments, I'd give you my thoughts.

(Since we have similar taste in looks at least, imagine a school of microrasboras and some tiger shrimp in that tank. Simplistic but beautiful ;P.)
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