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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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3 Gallon work tank (Pic heavy)

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Hey guys,

So I've (very slowly) been getting my tiny tank set up on my work desk. I've been a little shy about posting about it as I've never done anything this high tech before- it's exciting. As I've been stalking many a journal before this and and going to be asking a bunch of questions as issues arise I felt it was only fair if I posted my own journey.

So here we go:

Light:
Wave Point Daylight

Filtration:
Eheim Classic 150 filled with ceramic balls, filter floss, and purigen. fitted with Lily Spin pipe to help with flow

Heater:
Cobalt Neo-them 25 Wt

Substrate:
Mix of Fluorite sand, Eco complete, and Fluorite shrimp substrate (what I had around my house from various other projects)

CO2 (coming soon) - CO2 art soda stream pressurized system

Dosing - Flourish tab (1 crushed) in substrate. Dosing EI Method once flooding occurs

My plan is a really densely planted tank with cherry shrimp and (once they are settled) a betta. My hope that the betta won't notice the shrimp with all the plants. However, if he does I've got another tank ready for him and this shall be a shrimp only tank.

Now into Pics (woop!) note: sorry about the dirty look of everything, the fluorite sand is a bit mudder than I was expecting...it settles quickly but it's smudged on the glass quite a bit. It should not be a problem once the tank is flooded.

Setting up hardscape:
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Planted day 1 (Dwarf Baby Tears, Monte Carlo, Alternanthera Reneckii "mini", Lobelia Cardinalis, Hygrophila Corymbosa)
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Day 8 (added Anubias nana to driftwood)
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Day 14 (everything is filling in nicely, I'm ready to flood it as soon as CO2 regulator comes in)
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2016, 03:47 PM
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looking good already
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It looks pretty good! I find that stick on the right hand side that points at me kind of distracting.


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Update 11/9/2016

Still no CO2...getting antsy but plants are still looking good
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@vanish

I actually agree that the right branch is a little distracting when looking from the tank straight on (which is the view on my pics) The tank actually sits sideways on my desk so I actually view it on an angle which makes that stick really tie the rest of the tank together(in my opinion) plus once the background plans get a bit higher it won't be too conspicuous. Here's how I see the tank all day from my chair:

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Of course if it still looks out of place I can cut it off...I just want to do that as a last resort as it is part of the actual driftwood. I want everything to grow in a bit more before I make that final decision.

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Looks really good!


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-03-2017, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Oh man...I did not realize it's been so long since I updated. I'm sorry about that guys!
Anyway...FINALLY got my CO2 adapter after a few mail mishaps; so my tank was officially flooded Nov 23, 2016:

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12/15/16
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holy crap guys...I did not realize dwarf tears grows like a weed!

A few trimmings later; Here's the progress today:
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Gotta say I'm pretty pleased on how it looks. I was on vacation last week and must have knocked over my CO2 tank while leaving; resulting the top unsealing and co2 ultimately running out while I was away. I use a soda stream cylinder so of course all the stores in my area are out of stock atm...so I'm dealing with a bit of an algae issue. Nothing major as long as I keep up with the water changes; however that is keeping me from getting livestock atm. I want to have everything set up first (although of course this is the week my LFS has some really cool looking shrimp *sigh* )

but what do you guys think? I'm not overly sold on the Alternathera Reineckii on the left corner- I like the color and the height there but it's shooting off too many roots for my liking. Also all my Alternathera Reineckii were sold as "mini" and I'm fairly certain that was not what I received...so that's a bit of a bummer.

thanks for looking! cheers
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They might be 'Mini' but you still need to 'train' them a bit by trimming them shorter. Maybe in that left corner something like S. repens would be better. Looking good anyway.


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Looks great! I agree within the trimming to keep them compact.
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Okay new update:
Added a pair of peacock gudgeons a gew weeks ago they are doing great and Iwill be adding some neo shrimp soon....hopefully they will not become food but we shall see.

I did some major trimming in order to spur new growth.

Here is before and after trimming:
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