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Old 02-08-2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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Hello forum I've recently had to take down my last and only Planted tank due to moving to a smaller place. My wife was extremely happy that I took down the tank she has always hated the financial burden that this hobby brings but has allowed it because she knows I enjoy it. I totally understand how she feels I mean at one point I had 6 tanks in the house!So I came up with a solution that has allowed me to continue to enjoy my hobby without it frustrating my wife, and that is to start a nano planted tank. So I sold all my aquariums, terrariums, and equipment and purchased the Fluval Flora. It should be here today so ill post pics & Updates when it gets here!!
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:35 PM   #2
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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The kit comes with:
-7.9 Gallon glass aquarium with cover
-Mini Co2 System
-internal filter
-13W mini compact light
-planting tongs
-fluval stratum (substrate)
-foam background

Note : if buying this kit remove background and resilicone it yourself or don't use it. I barely tugged on it and came right off if I would've put in my substrate I and filled in with water I could've had a serious accident due to the high buoyancy of the background.

So upon inspecting most of the "plant kit" I pretty much rendered most of the items as incompetent but useful for a limited time. The lighting supplied is not sufficient, the co2 system is "ok" but im thinking about the long run and would rather go with a paintball system, and the substrate is not even close to enough for plants. With that being said I drove down to my local fish store and got a few more supplies for this project.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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Alright guys so i went and picked up a few supplies. I got:
- eheim 2211 canister filter (much more reliable and takes up less space than an internal filter)

-eheim jagger water heater

-eco complete substrate

-Ray Fuge led light with moonlight

For now this should suffice I was also going to pick a paintball co2 regulator but for now ill use up the co2 that came with the kit and supplement with excel until i can find a reasonable system and drop checker online. any suggestions are welcome?
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:14 PM   #5
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Alright guys so i went and picked up a few supplies. I got:
- eheim 2211 canister filter (much more reliable and takes up less space than an internal filter)

-eheim jagger water heater

-eco complete substrate

-Ray Fuge led light with moonlight

For now this should suffice I was also going to pick a paintball co2 regulator but for now ill use up the co2 that came with the kit and supplement with excel until i can find a reasonable system and drop checker online. any suggestions are welcome?
awesome stuff, cant wait to see it scaped!
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:15 PM   #6
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I layed out the substrate and began experimenting with placement of driftwood. I have a large amount of java moss from my other tank (currently pending decommissioning) that im going to tie to the driftwood. Ill post some pics when im done planting the tank.
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:16 PM   #7
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That is so pretty !! :O

Well, so far.

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:29 PM   #8
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Sorry about the last few posts guys the pics came on their side
I added some cherry shrimps from the breeding tank and they've just been grazing around the java moss and the crypt. These guys work wonders cleaning up flakes off the java moss after feeding. What kind of fish do you guys think i should put in there? Also if anybody knows of a dependable paintball co2 regulator? or maybe what would look good as a carpeting plant?
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:30 AM   #9
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So I finally removed the fluval stock filter it was too big and noisy and besides it was temporary I kept it as a backup filter. I used a mini pump and rubber banded a foam sponge to the intake and plugged in the spray bar from the eheim which unfortunately started making a buzzing sound? I put the filter on its side and it stopped making noise and still works flawless. Do you guys know what could be wrong with my eheim its model 2211 and i suspect its the rotor.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:58 AM   #10
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Looks really good!!, its funny the other day i was been criticized by using driftwood on the front wall in a 55 gal but its like i said sometimes it just looks good, like in your case!!!
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So I finally removed the fluval stock filter it was too big and noisy and besides it was temporary I kept it as a backup filter. I used a mini pump and rubber banded a foam sponge to the intake and plugged in the spray bar from the eheim which unfortunately started making a buzzing sound? I put the filter on its side and it stopped making noise and still works flawless. Do you guys know what could be wrong with my eheim its model 2211 and i suspect its the rotor.
i have 7 chela dadybujori in my 5 gallon planted tank, and i fell in love with them right from the start! a little pricey but well worth it!
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:18 PM   #12
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Hey guys I finally got a hold of some dwarf hairgrass it was actually by accident I went in to petco to get my dog groomed and while I was waiting I browsed the aquatic deptmnt and realized they were having 50% off all fish and plants. I got some dwarf hairgrass and riccia for only $4
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:38 PM   #13
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The eheim heater stopped working guys so i returned it and got store credit for a second Ray fuge. My lighting is X2 7000k Ray Fuge and 1 6700k 13w Fluorescent. I ordered the Atomic Paintball Regulator from GLA. I've seen so many positive ratings on the company and their products it was a little pricey but I'm sure well worth it. Im only dosing flourish comprehensive but might switch over to EI Ferts. I've never had much luck with keeping dwarf hairgrass alive but since this time I'm using stronger lighting and pressurized co2 maybe i can manage to have a nice dhg carpet.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:45 PM   #14
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My tank is becoming a moss grow tank and I haven't even attached the riccia to the backside of the driftwood, Well at least i know my shrimp enjoy grazing the moss for leftovers. I don't even want to trim it because there is so many shrimp eggs on it. I started with only 6 RCS and now i have a full blown colony I always find them in my filter and some on the floor that jump out.
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #15
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That lighting is sweet!
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