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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-20-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thought Id get this started this is my little 1 gallon nightstand tank.



This is 5 minutes after posting. Flora is Crypt Wendtii bronze and Crypt parva. Simple CFL bulb used for decorative fixtures like ceiling fans or chandelier lights its the only thing that would fit. So my options are kind of limited and why its going to stay a low tech tank.

When I put the rock pieces in I tried all sorts of ideas. I've been a lurker on the nano forum for quite a bit and kept thinking about the ideas there. After an hour of trying different things I stuck with this idea and said to quite Chris Farley "Ooh I'm sorry, I don't speak Japanese"

I had to tear down my other tanks so this is it for the time being so have nothing to seed it from. It was an impulse purchase when I saw it on clearance I just had to have it. The food is there to help create an ammonia source till I can locate some ammonia to get this little tank cycled. Somethings better than nothing and thats what the little brown pellets are.

Plan is to put some moss on the tuffa rock and add more parva. No CO2 will eventually start dosing with Flourish and possibly Excel still waiting to see how the plants are doing. There are Seachem substrate tabs underneath both Crypts and they seem to be doing well.

****24 hrs later******

Ammonia is .025
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
pH 7.4

The wendtii has righted itself it was growing at a 50* angle as the pot was just resting on the substrate from the tank I bought it from. I've moved the tuffa rocks over about 1/2" to the left, and moved the right side of the rocks back a bit at more of angle and the parva about 1/2" to the right.

Plan is to put something in the gap under the wendtii, since its growing up and not up and out. What thats going to be I'm still not sure yet. Maybe more parva....and leave the substrate open, or maybe let the parva fill slowly spread and use it as a foregrond plant. Maybe a moss ball or some moss on a rock, maybe some petite nana....don't know yet.

So far its a fun little tank to dabble with. Thank you for viewing.
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pretty cool. I think it would look really good with sand substrate too.


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What's the floating things? Same for the intake of your filter.
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What's the floating things? Same for the intake of your filter.
I'd like to know as well, it looks like some type of fertilizer?


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I think those beige pellets are the fish food that the OP mentioned he is using to help cycle the tank with.


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Yes the floating things and the things on the intake are old cichlid pellets. I dont have a source of ammonia yet so I figured I'd at least get things started with some decaying food. Not ideal but its better than nothing.
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What kind of fish/shrimp were you planning on keeping by the way?

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Id thought about doing a betta, or a few male guppies, or cherry shrimp not sure though...haven't decided yet.

Updated pics ammonia is already at 3.0ppm at the 48hr mark so we're making progress.

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