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Old 01-11-2015, 11:17 PM   #1
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Mr. Aqua 3G LUSH! + Custom Planted HOB Breederbox


I started this little nano Tank to satisfy my planted tank addiction while I am treating my 125 gallon tank. Also, this gave me an opportunity to include my wife in a hobby that I love.

Equipment:
Mr. Aqua 3 Gallon Bow Front
Zoomed 501 Canister Filter + Marina Breeder Box
Archea Mini Aquarium Heater
White sand substrate + Root Tabs
The light is an unknown LED.

Plants:
Blyxa
Parva
Hydrocotye Japonica
Pathos
Wondering Jew

Fish:
Betta (Coming Soon...)

The system is very simple. The Zoomed canister takes in water and the outflow is connected to the breeder box. Here, I have filter pads on top of red lava rock. The filter pads are for holding the stems in place, and the red lava rock acts as bio-filtration and gives the plants something to attach too. The water then flows freely out of the breeder box back into the tank at a very low flow rate.






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Old 01-11-2015, 11:45 PM   #2
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I'm digging the planted breeder box, can't wait to see it filled in.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:35 AM   #3
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Pretty cool. You can feed the plants in the breeder box with fish poop from the main tank. Cycle of life ;-)
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

Yeah, the idea is the plants in the breeder box are no maintenance meaning they will thrive off whatever debri the filter flows in there. I will have to clean the breeder box periodically to keep the flow in tact. But once established, it should keep the tank very clean.

Also, these are not the best conditions for Blyxa because Blyxa likes highlight, co2, and lots of ferts. So, I'm hoping the Blyxa will thrive. We will have to wait and see. I'm confident, however that every other plant will do great.
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Fantastic idea!!!
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:29 PM   #6
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You know the ZooMed canister is supposed to be level with the tank?

I would like to have mine below but I am worried about leaks.
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You know the ZooMed canister is supposed to be level with the tank?

I would like to have mine below but I am worried about leaks.
Yeah, I heard about that. I haven't had a problem yet. Eventually, I'll move the tank and relocated the canister level with the tank.

Today I found a nice plant that I'm pretty excited about. I found it at Home Depot labeled "Wandering Jew HB". I'm guessing the HB stands for hybrid. I planted the stems in the HOB breeder.

Here is a picture of the both Wandering Jew types with Wandering Jew HB is on the right:

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Old 01-20-2015, 05:29 AM   #8
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The cycle got stalled in this tank due to the ammonia coming out of the tap and converting to nitrite. The nitrites were astronomically high. I had to find a new water source and change 5 gallons of water in 3 consecutive water changes to get the nitrites to a manageable level. Hopefully the system can finish cycling now. If not, then it's more water changes.

Added Ludwigia Repens to the HOB breeder under the Pathos as an experiment. I want to see if it can hold up to the dry winter air here in Minnesota once it grows emerged.

Also, added x2 Black Bar Endlers temporarily. One was FAT and now I have several fry.

I'll try and get more pictures posted soon. Stay tuned.
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I wish I could find a deep purple wandering jew variant! The ones I locally find are faint purple tinted :/
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I wish I could find a deep purple wandering jew variant! The ones I locally find are faint purple tinted :/
Found mine at the good 'ol Home Depot! Just a quick snip snip as I walk through window shopping the plants. 😉
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The Wandering Jew HB rotted out and died. I replaced it with regular Wandering Jew which is doing very well. Im not so sure the "HB" stands for hybrid because the regular Jew says HB on it too. Therefore, I'm not sure what kind of plant that was. Oh, well!

Today, I did more water changes to keep nitrites down. This time x2 90% water changes.
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