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Old 03-23-2012, 01:56 AM   #1
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Mini-M College Scape. (Update 8/28)


Here is the mini-m that has recently replaced my 2.5g. I can't use many stem plants since this tank has to be moved 5 more times for another year until I graduate.

I tried to make it so everything is easily removable. The only plant that is actually in the soil is the Blyxa japonica. All of the plants were just moved from my 2.5g high light tank and seem to be doing fine so far. The only plant I am worried about is my riccia. It used to pearl a lot in my other tank but now only has a few small bubbles on it. I will probably cut it back and try to look for new growth.

I am not very happy with the wood so I might put rocks there later but who knows.

This tank has a 13w cfl over it with paintball co2.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:29 AM   #2
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I agree on the wood...it's rather odd shaped. Needs more twig-ness. Other than that, nice little tank you have here. All these Mini M tanks floating around makes me want to get my own.
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I agree with you both about the wood. What if you flip the wood and maybe that would help and don't put it directly in the center.
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Thanks for the input. I really don't like it either. I will have to look into some rocks or something. Maybe a rock pile with java fern.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:48 AM   #5
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I agree with you both about the wood. What if you flip the wood and maybe that would help and don't put it directly in the center.
The problem is the other side has roots that prevent me from putting it farther to the side. All in all it is just a bad piece for the tank and I plan on putting something else there in the future.
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So I am keeping the wood for now . and am just trying to dress it up to not make it so blatantly awkward. I attached some fissidens (thanks to h2oaggie) to it and put some around the base of the wood.

The Blyxa was starting to struggle with my current fertilizer regime. It might just be adjusting to the lower light and less ferts but I decided to place some root tabs under it just to give it some help since I like my current fert regime and everything else seems to be fine for now.

Here is a pic of how the tank currently looks.

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Here's to hoping the fissidens helps out a bit. Tank looks pretty good. Nice big fluffy riccia mat too. What're you running for your paintball setup?
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Looks good. I love those nano tanks.
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Here's to hoping the fissidens helps out a bit. Tank looks pretty good. Nice big fluffy riccia mat too. What're you running for your paintball setup?
I am running a 20oz tank with a ASA on/off valve with 1.5 bubbles every 2 seconds. It isn't that much but it keeps the drop checker green.
I kind of want to cut the bigger java fern leaves and let the smaller ones grow in.
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Which java fern? The one on the left or the central one? The left one looks unhealthy almost. Also, shunnnnnnnnn for using just an ASA on/off.
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Haha I have never had problems with it. People always hate on the ASAon/off ones. I only have it because it was on my 2.5g tank and I wasn't going to buy a 5lb tank for an aquarium that small.

All the big leaves on the ferns had spots on them when I bought them and definitely were not that healthy and the bigger leaves don't look like they will recover. I have seen new growth from the rhizome though so I'm going to cut the leaves on the left one and then attach it to the driftwood since it is currently not attached to anything. The more central one has some spots but is not as bad as the one on the left so I'm going to leave it alone for now.
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You should throw something up front for a carpet. What moss do you have on the wood?
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Never said you had to have a larger CO2 tank to go for a reg. My paintball setup is with a single stage and an adapter even though they're just 20oz tanks. I've had my fair share of bad experiences enough to warrant doing so. Good call on cutting the older, less healthy growth.
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You should throw something up front for a carpet. What moss do you have on the wood?
I want to do dwarf hairgrass this summer when I'm home from college. Those are fissidens on the wood.
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The riccia has great growth and nice tank.
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