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Black neons really standout with white wall behind tank.

They need some friends though.
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Black neons really standout with white wall behind tank.
The wall behind my tank is called 'Morning Java' LOL, but I get your meaning.


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Black neons really standout with white wall behind tank.

They need some friends though. <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/PlantedTank_net_2015/smilies/tango_face_glasses.png" border="0" alt="" title="Nerd" >:-)</a>
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If you want to know more about this fish, please make a thread in the fish forum. This a tank journal and this fish has zip to do with my journal - Thanks.


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Healthy looking tank! I thought things were growing emersed for a while, then realized it's prob during a water change? hehe

Great job!


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Healthy looking tank! I thought things were growing emersed for a while, then realized it's prob during a water change? hehe

Great job!
Thanks!

Yep, that is during a water change, but several of the plants are growing emersed since I keep a 1" gap between the top of the tank and the water line to prevent jumpers. Some of the Anubias, Ranunculus inundatus is growing fine emersed and the Bolbitis heudelotii is starting to transition. I also have some riccia that got there accidently from another tank and rested against the wood. It is now growing emersed as well.


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This tank always looks so great when you update with photos. Makes me want to do another pool filter sand setup.

And the black neons?! Gah. Gonna have to give up a shrimp tank to keep some of those guys.
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This tank always looks so great when you update with photos. Makes me want to do another pool filter sand setup.

And the black neons?! Gah. Gonna have to give up a shrimp tank to keep some of those guys.
Thanks @somewhatshocked This has been a fun project without alot of maintenance. Think I'm going to dust off the 60p.


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Oooh, 60P? Do it.

You have an aesthetic sense for clean scapes, so I bet you could do some great stuff with Quikrete Medium Grade Multi-Purpose sand. It's the substrate used in the latest tanks in this journal.
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Oooh, 60P? Do it.

You have an aesthetic sense for clean scapes, so I bet you could do some great stuff with Quikrete Medium Grade Multi-Purpose sand. It's the substrate used in the latest tanks in this journal.
Thanks! I'll have to read through that thread. Some nice scapes in there. I'm deciding if I want to use the Carib Sea Black Sand I have that has been sitting for I think 3 years, LOL. I have some aquasoil left, but probably not enough for a 60p. Have never used the Quikrete before.
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Some notes about setup:

I usually don't test that much other than PH for co2 levels, but ran some numbers the other day. NO3 was definitely on the high end. This is attributable to normal EI dosing and limited plant mass.

PH - Tap 7.6, Co2 enriched 6.6-6.8
KH - Tap 2, Tank 7 (due to Seiryu Stone)
No3 - Before water change 70 - 100ppm, After water change 40-50ppm



Please note, these high nitrate numbers are from dosing dry salts and not from organic decomposition. This tank receives 1-2 50% weekly water changes to keep organics low and KH reasonable due to Seiryu Stones.

There are no sensitive stems in this setup so even with the high KH I'm not having any problems, but more notably there is no algae (even with limited plant mass) and the fish, shrimp and snails are all doing great. I've lost one critter (a golden back yellow shrimp) day after I bought it since I started this tank. No jumpers either with a 1" space between top of tank and water level. Tank is on a 15 hr light period including dim ramp up/ramp down and a 3 hr max burst.

I never "formally" cycled this tank by adding ammonia or fish right away. I simply waited around 4 weeks and slowly added fish each week after that. The system took care of the rest.
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What is this species?
Those are coral red pencilfish.
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What a great looking tank.
Do you need that wavemaker because of the 3ft length?

Just in for information... and planning, a lot of planning
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What a great looking tank.
Do you need that wavemaker because of the 3ft length?
Thanks!

Yes, primarily for co2 distribution. The eheim 2213 return on the other side didn't have enough power to reach the diffuser effectively and spread the bubbles around.
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