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Old 07-16-2013, 04:30 AM   #1
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Newly planted tank.


Hi guys, I just set up this tank less than a month ago. Would like your inputs on how to improve on this tank
Previously i had Jap Hairgrass as the carpet but i guess my lighting wasnt strong enough and it was taking too long to grow. I removed everything and planted mini taiwan moss as the lawn.

30 neon tetras
2 siamese algae eater
1 corydoras catfish (another one just died when i introduce diy co2)
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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How did you attached the moss?
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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Hey sakuras.. i bought the moss from c328. It was already attached to the metal mesh so what i did was just stick it into the substrate and cover the metal edges with soil i pinched from another spot

Now i just noticed what seems to be black algae on my moss even though i just put it in yesterday.. any idea how to get rid of it?
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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Nice tank; Greetings from SG as well~

You can trim the moss, add nitrates, CO2, it'll die off in a healthy tank as your moss grows. You can spot dose with excel to kill the BBA, but it would probably kill your moss as well.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:39 AM   #5
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Thx Xiaozhuang, glad to see a fellow Singaporean here. I'm wondering if amano shrimps will help clear the algae. Any idea? My siamese algae eater doesnt seem to clear the BBA.
It only sticks itself to the glass to suck on algae. I'm planning to paste the back of the tank with omaya paper. What colour do they sell and do they sell in different sizes?

Any other tips to improve on my tank?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:03 AM   #6
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very nice looking tank btw and holy cow 30 noens?? looks sweet though i had 45 in my 120G they pretty much ate outa my hands
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:25 AM   #7
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thx man !
120G? wow... mine is only a 3.5G. stil thinking if i should add anything else in there. hands are itching haha.
Why dont you post your tank pic here bro..let me see if i can get any ideas from there
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:53 AM   #8
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err... SAE can grow as long as 6 inch, and I think it is overstocked
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/alga...ol/siamese.php

CO2 and waterfall from HOB contradict each other, I had a hard time adjusting the flow

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Your tank looks healthy so far
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:12 AM   #9
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the moss growing on the driftwood is browning..not sure if it can go back to green.

Thinbear, what do you mean they contradict each other? as in the flow is too fast or slow?
mine seems ok. but i would prefer if the flow is faster..any ideas?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:16 AM   #10
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I mean breaking water surface will degas co2 faster, you may overcome this by redirecting the flow, or pump extra co2 to compensate the lost.
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Hey, I've not used omaya paper before, still searching for a background myself~ Usually I just use a black paper backing when taking pics, if not I leave it clear. You still have alot of space for back/midground plants, for rocks or wood.

BTW, thats not a siamese algae eater, thats a Otocinclus, SAEs do eat BBA. Can see here for pics http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/03/...-aquarium.html

You should also position your CO2 diffuser below the HOB filter flow for better dispersion like in this vid :
and fill up the tank more so it doesn't make that big a splash.
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I believe that is an otto?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #13
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Hi Xiaozhuang, I guess you are right. Thats an oto not an SAE. hahaha.......... thx man. Ok i will rearrange the position of the CO2 diffuser.

Actually the splash from the waterfall for my tank is very little, is it because it is a small filter? If i get a bigger one with a high wattage will the flow for my tank be better? because right now the water surface doesnt move as much as the corner where the filter is...


Hmm, if i do get cherry shrimps or amano shrimps, will my neon tetras eat them?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:41 AM   #14
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Nope your neons wont harm them but you will have alot of livestock for a small tank! Ha maybe you'd want to do some testing to ensure your water quality is alright
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:28 AM   #15
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Hi Xiaozhuang, most probably i wont add any more livestock, besides an SAE. I've looked at both your tanks. They are wonderful! Especially the tank on the left. Nice contrast. I'm looking to get some other plants, red plants, to fill up the background. Can your recommend me any? Place i'm getting it from is Clementi. Thx man!
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