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"Anubias Falls" Fluval Accent build.

Hey everyone, been awhile since I've been around. Had a baby 5 months ago so the three tanks i was managing kind of just failed altogether, one of them being my 5.5 gallon high tech tank. Oh well. Anyway now im back and setting up this fluval accent im going to call "Anubias Falls". It's basically a 29gal tank (adverstised as a 25gal?) I went with this because one, the tank was on sale for 60 bucks and the stand was 100, and two because i kind of like the "simpletech" maintenance. Makes water changes really fast and also back flushes the internal filter.



So this is where i am at currently. Ive got about 35- 45lbs of lace rock. Substrate will be a mix of original flourite and flourite black and may or may not need to add another bag. May or may not be painting the back of the tank black, my wife says she doesn't like the look of the black but can't give me a reason why, what's your opinion? The stock light cannot be run on a timer so that was replaced with two 16" finnnex stingrays that came from my 5.5 gallon. Im thinking they should be adequate enough for anubias. The original pump was lacking rated at 130gph give or take, i put my own sponges and biomedia in the internal filter and picked up a hydor centrifugal pump rated at about 300gph. Waiting on the pump to arrive, so we'll see how it works out. I also have a co2 system and may add it to this tank, but i only have a 24oz paintball tank and would need to get a larger cylinder.

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"Anubias Falls" Fluval Accent build.

I would paint it black so that middle wall where the outlet is is not so noticeable.
If you are going for mainly Anubias I would skip on the CO2, just for simplicity.
Hardscape looks really good to have all that Anubias attached to it. You could go semi-biotope and focus on African fish species as well.
Also, congratulations on the baby!


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Thanks for the congrats Opare!

Definitely want anubias coffeefolia somewhere in here then probably just standard anubias and anubias nana for the rest. As for stocking i already have 1 female longfin german blue ram and was planning on getting a second one. For the rest i was thinking a small group of marbled hatchets, maybe 5 or so, then a large group of x-ray tetras (around 15) a few oto cats down the road and id like to get a mystery snail, not sure what color yet but im leaning towards blue or ivory. I also have a pleco that was sold to me under the name "ranger pleco", the guy told me it would stay right around 4" but the more research i do it looks like it may grow more to 10"+ so i think he'll be going back soon. Also they're wont be any wood in this tank so im just going to pass on a pleco altogether.

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Ooo rams are nice and the hardscape should provide hiding places for them. Yeah I would probably return the Pleco too, I've never beena huge fan admittedly.


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Do you have a picture of the ranger pleco?

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Not the greatest picture but it's the best i could do.

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Congrats on the new baby! That's what got me back into the hobby, I needed something to do while at home. Sitting in my kayak in the den while my son slept got old quick... That's a killer piece of lace rock, it's screaming "I need Anubias stuck to me".
Opinions on painting the back black? Go for it. I'll bet your wife won't even notice the background once it's done. That's kind of the idea of black backgrounds IMO. You could always tape something black back there first and see if she notices. Like @Opare said, it will make the outlet less noticeable, and it will put focus on what is in front of the blackness.

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Congrats on the new baby! That's what got me back into the hobby, I needed something to do while at home. Sitting in my kayak in the den while my son slept got old quick...


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Alright, little update here. Painted the tank black, also added another bag of flourite black, picked up 3 anubias barteri and about 8 anubias nana. I'd like to get more anubias, possibly a coffeefolia and some petite just to have a variety of sizes. Was also thinking i should stick something in the back right corner along with a crinum calamistratum. That or some sort of vallisneria. Any suggestions?



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"Anubias Falls" Fluval Accent build.

Cyperus helferi is a good plant that looks like Vals but is not a Val! Like the look of the tank right now, but could use a few more Anubias specimens.


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I've heard that cyperus helferi likes alot of light and co2? I found an awesome website thats here in my state of AZ that I'll probably end up ordering plants and livestock from. So far in my cart I've got anubias nana petite x12, crinum calamistratum x1, and vallisneria nana x10. Picked up an API master test kit today, results are as follows;
PH- 7.8-8.0
Ammonia- 0.50-1.00
Nitrite- 0.25-0.50
Nitrate- 10-20

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What about crypt tonkinensis.. It's not demanding and doesn't need a lot of light.. =)
It grows fairly quick for a crypts also..
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What about crypt tonkinensis.. It's not demanding and doesn't need a lot of light.. =)
It grows fairly quick for a crypts also..
That's a unique crypt, unfortunately the place i ordered from didn't have any. Placed my order and should be here sometime this week hopefully.

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Added some more plants today.



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"Anubias Falls" Fluval Accent build.

Cycle finished up so i went ahead and stocked the tank. Still adding seachem stability just incase.

Glass catfish x 3
Longfin german blue ram x 1
Ranger pleco x 1
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