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Old 07-29-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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College 5g NPT Build


So, I'm moving into college in less than a month and am allowed to have a small aquarium. Thus this build was created to illuminate my struggles with this tank (or at least I'm guessing).

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Tank: 5g Aquarium

Lighting: TBD

Filter: Aqueon 10

Substrate: Mineralized Soil with black sand cap

Aquascape: Red Lava Rocks

Flora:
Dwarf Sag
Rotala rotundifolia
Anubia Nana
Crypt Wendtii "Bronze"

Fauna:
TBD (thinking shrimp or DER/CPDs/Chili Rasboras)

Tank:

Rocks:

Sand:
Dirting Tank:

More to come!!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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Nice! Dirt tanks are the way to go. What are you thinking for lighting?
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:44 PM   #3
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Nice! Dirt tanks are the way to go. What are you thinking for lighting?

Thanks! Honestly I have no clue. Currently it has a crappy LED from a Marineland 3G, but I don't think it's going to do what I want. I'm open to suggestions though.

And yes, I seem to only do dirted now just because I love the way that the plants grow and I really don't need the high lighting

I put the sand in and did a small Aquascape. I've never used rock before so we'll see how it goes. I kinda like the layout of it as it is.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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Not sure what kind of rock you have, but I don't think it is lava rock. That looks more like:



To me, the full tank shot doesn't have much "life" ... all the rocks are the same height.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:00 PM   #5
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Not sure what kind of rock you have, but I don't think it is lava rock. That looks more like:



To me, the full tank shot doesn't have much "life" ... all the rocks are the same height.

That's what I was thinking the lava rock was as well but the LFS had it labeled like that. So I was just going with it, although it passed the vinegar test so it should be good for the aquarium.

I noticed that as well. I might try to put the tall one up more and rearrange it. Who knows! I'll try some different arrangements and take pictures.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:19 PM   #6
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Here's another option:

I really like the height that this one is giving.

Another:

I'm not too fond of this one... The rock in the center looks awkward.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:22 PM   #7
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Oh and this one as well. It's sort of a mix:
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I believe you have some nice petrified wood as rocks there. Its a nice inert rock though so a good choice no matter what you want to do. As for placement, you only have so many rocks and about the same size. Maybe try weighting the layout to one side to make more of an impact? Like so->

Here's the web page I borrowed that from, it has some more composition information for aquarium layouts. http://fish-etc.com/aquascaping-main...anted-aquarium
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