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Old 06-27-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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Etane's Office 2gallon Aquatop Cube


I recently started an office tank. This is my only real planted tank. I have a few other tanks but don't even use soil substrate. So, my other tanks have plants that do not require soil such as anubias and subwassertang.

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Tanks: Aquatop 2gallon (8" x 8" x 8")
Light: Deep Blue Solarflare Micro
Filter: Aquatop IF201
Rocks: Yamaya
Plants: Ammania Bonsai, HC, Alternetha Reineckii Mini, HG.
Soil: ADA Amazonia
Fauna: To be added are a Betta, a Guppy and some shrimps.
Top: 1/8" glass top

Tank is still cycling.

Some notes:

1) Light is just right for the tank as long as plants that need a lot of light are located away from the peripheral of the tank. I had to move the HC away from corner of tank as those in corner were melting.

2) Tried all types of "nano" filters including Tom, Azoo and Deep Blue before keeping the Aquatop internal. All the rest are too powerful for the tank. To further reduce flow, I placed a short piece of air hose inside the filter where it connects the spray bar.

3) In the filter I have: Eheim sintured glass balls for beneficial bacteria, carbon, a coarse sponge that came with the filter, and a fine sponge. I overstuffed the filter with the sponge in order to reduce the flow coming out of the spray bar. I also drilled about 10 more holes into the spray bar to reduce the flow's viscosity.

4) DSM for about 2 week before filling tank.

5) Dosing Excel daily to minimizing algae growth and keeping HC healthy.

6) Had an Erios in the tank but removed it as it got too big.

7) Thinking of removing the HG. I want the cover to fill the tank's background in and to prove shrimps with more hiding places. But, they are "hiding" the Reineckii.

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Old 06-29-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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I'll be the first to say either go with a betta solo, no guppy or shrimp, or just go with shrimp.

KISS keep it simple, stupid.

No need to complicate things for yourself. Those three species don't really get along at all.

Betas will chase guppies, guppies and betas will eat shrimp/shrimplets.

Not a happy home for any of them.

But the good news is this tank looks fantastic.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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I'll be the first to say either go with a betta solo,
Betas will chase guppies, guppies and betas will eat shrimp/shrimplets.
Got them in a vase at home now. They get along fine. Every betta/guppy has different temperament. I tried out three bettas to find the one that best mesh with the shrimps and guppy. The betta I have no doesn't chase. I don't care if the shrimplets get eaten. I am not a breeder.

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But the good news is this tank looks fantastic.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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Got them in a vase at home now. They get along fine. Every betta/guppy has different temperament. I tried out three bettas to find the one that best mesh with the shrimps and guppy. The betta I have no doesn't chase. I don't care if the shrimplets get eaten. I am not a breeder.



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They all do, but every betta I've had seems fine to start then eventually eats if he ever gets hungry/if the shrimp catch his eye while swimming.

Anyways, why one guppy instead of just the betta? I could understand the betta&shrimp, or at least giving it a try, but one guppy just seems random.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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I wonder if my work would allow something like this...
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:12 AM   #6
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They all do, but every betta I've had seems fine to start then eventually eats if he ever gets hungry/if the shrimp catch his eye while swimming.

Anyways, why one guppy instead of just the betta? I could understand the betta&shrimp, or at least giving it a try, but one guppy just seems random.
Well, in my vase, the shrimps are the predators. They recently ate the guppy.

Why just one guppy? I had two and gave one to a friend.
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Well, in my vase, the shrimps are the predators. They recently ate the guppy.

Why just one guppy? I had two and gave one to a friend.
I see. Just an FYI, the shrimp only eat something dead or dying, unless it is a snail. Some shrimp have a taste for snails.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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Week # i forgot how long it's been since i started this tank.

the HC is spreading nicely. I cut the ammania b. up quite a few times to create a small bush quantity. just trimmed the HM.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:49 PM   #9
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Added a betta and a couple of rasboras.

http://vimeo.com/103276846
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:50 PM   #10
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Another video:

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Old 09-16-2014, 10:12 PM   #11
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Another vid.

Added a couple of microdevario kubotai, an amano, and 3 pygmy corys.

Bad news, added new fauna because my betta jumped.

Other news, some of the hm has uprooted.
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Old 09-18-2014, 01:37 PM   #12
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I'm sure a 2 gallon tank can support so many fish. Well planned and researched.
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Old 09-18-2014, 03:56 PM   #13
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2 gals is a bit small for pygmy cories, simply because of swimming space. How active are they?
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Those poor fish seem pretty stressed in there.
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Maybe an arrowana to replace the betta?
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