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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 07-31-2017, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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So, my understanding is that injected CO2 and fancy shrimp do not mix, so I will be adding this nano-tank to my desktop at work.

I am starting with some seeds that are supposed to be HC "Cuba", but I am doubtful. Regardless, if they can make a nice carpet, I will be adding a few tiny plants and a sponge filter, and then adding some CRS to keep me company.



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Nice tank! ^_^

i have that particular light also. I like that it has dimmer for the fraction of the price.. ^_^
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What kind of light is that?
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i have that particular light also. I like that it has dimmer for the fraction of the price.. ^_^


I agree! Buying it sight-unseen seemed a little risky, but for $42 + free shipping, it has turned out to be a steal. Hopefully it will grow some low light plants as easily as it got these seeds started.


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Cute. I would have made the soil sloped from the back to the front to accentuate the rocks. This tank looks tiny. How big is it? 2 Gallons?
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What kind of light is that?
It's a LuminiGrow. Pretty new in the market. I like the light. It's pretty bright for it's size. It also came with 2 different lenses (1 is attached already).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I agree! Buying it sight-unseen seemed a little risky, but for $42 + free shipping, it has turned out to be a steal. Hopefully it will grow some low light plants as easily as it got these seeds started.


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I think it can easily grow low light plants. My shrimp tank is still new so can'r really tell how the light for growing plants. The Spectrum is very similar to Up Aqua LED lights.

The fact that it's dimmable makes the little light worth it for small low tech set up. =)
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Cute. I would have made the soil sloped from the back to the front to accentuate the rocks. This tank looks tiny. How big is it? 2 Gallons?


Honestly, I have not calculated the capacity- it is 8.5" x 6" x 7.5" high

I will most likely only have 3-5 CRS


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With dirt, looks like ~ 1.5g


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As a forwarning those "seeds" as you so eloquently put, are likely not hc Cuba. As far as I am aware few people have had success with those seeds (grow well in dry start but quickly decay after a few weeks or months after flooding, also seems to happen if started submersed). Your "" seem to indicate you are aware of this but figured I'd throw in the warning just in case.

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LOL, even if they were real HC seeds. They will decay and die from lack of co2.
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Yeah, realistically I knew I was getting hosed, but with this size tank there is no real risk, long term. Worst case scenario, I will clean it all out and do it over. For now, it is nice to have something other than a spreadsheet to look at.


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the seeds usually end us as some type of fiscus (non-aquatic iirc) or hygrophila polysperma (maybe farm em for your 150 lol?)
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Day 10- looks like baby tears, so far.




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Don't want to be discouraging but that looks nothing like baby tears.
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Don't want to be discouraging but that looks nothing like baby tears.


Not discouraging, I am always willing to be wrong. What does it look like to you?


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