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I have finally finished my stand to a point where all it needs is some trim and cabinet doors. I have put in subtstrate, wood, and water. I'm now waiting for my plants.


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  • (2) Aqueon Pro 250W Heaters
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Beamworkz 6500K (I'm thinking of adding another.. Thoughts?
I'm still working on my stock list.






Bump: A question I have on this setup. Would there be anything wrong with adding HOB filter as well?
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Beginner Plants for Now
  • Amazon Swords
    Crypto Retrospiralis
    Anubian Barteri
    Echinodorus Xinguensis
    Sagittaria Subulata
    Crypto Parvas
    Java Ferns

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Question.

My wife likes the noise HOBs make on a tank. Is there anything I would be concerned with adding a HOB in addition to the FX6?


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I see no issues with an HOB. On a tank that's not using a sump which skims water off the top, I find the HOB is great as it breaks up and eliminates the surface skim that forms. My wife's 10G tank in her classroom has a canister and HOB, and the HOB keeps the surface nice and clean due to the water fall effect.
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I see no issues with an HOB. On a tank that's not using a sump which skims water off the top, I find the HOB is great as it breaks up and eliminates the surface skim that forms. My wife's 10G tank in her classroom has a canister and HOB, and the HOB keeps the surface nice and clean due to the water fall effect.

I wasn't thinking when I asked this question.. Went and bought a new HOB but I do not have enough room in the back of tank between the tank and the wall . Oh well, I think I might get an Aqueon Circulation Pump to break up the surface on the left side of the tank. Any experiences with this fans?

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I would obtain an Eheim 350 Surface Skimmer, they work very well at removing the surface film.
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I would obtain an Eheim 350 Surface Skimmer, they work very well at removing the surface film.


I will certainly look into that. Thanks! Are you familiar with the light in usuing? Do you believe itís sufficient for the plants Iím going for or would two be better?

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I'm not terribly familiar with the light you're using, but from what I've seen they're good lights. You going with a low tech approach, so the single light will be fine. If you add another one I think it would cause problems with algae, then your going to need to add ferts, CO2, etc, so I would leave it at one light. The plants you selected do well in low light applications, so I think your tank will do well. Don't leave the light on for say longer than 8 hours at first and see what happens. If algae appears, drop it down to 6 hours and see if the algae goes away

Below is a example of a low light tank with no ferts or CO2. The photo of a tank my wife has in her 1st grade classroom. Very low lighting, about 1/4 to 1/2 of what you'll have. So you should have no problem with the single light your using.

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I'm not terribly familiar with the light you're using, but from what I've seen they're good lights. You going with a low tech approach, so the single light will be fine. If you add another one I think it would cause problems with algae, then your going to need to add ferts, CO2, etc, so I would leave it at one light. The plants you selected do well in low light applications, so I think your tank will do well. Don't leave the light on for say longer than 8 hours at first and see what happens. If algae appears, drop it down to 6 hours and see if the algae goes away

Below is a example of a low light tank with no ferts or CO2. The photo of a tank my wife has in her 1st grade classroom. Very low lighting, about 1/4 to 1/2 of what you'll have. So you should have no problem with the single light your using.



Youíve been more help to me than you know! Sheís got an awesome tank. I have some Seachem Flourish I will dose with and put tabs in the substrate. Doing a water change now then will take a picture. Adding the plants made the tank pretty cloudy.


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The anubia rhizome portion should't be planted in gravel or soil, it'll melt. I'd recommend you attached the anubia's to the wood(or small pieces of wood) with black acrylic yarn. Some will recommend cotton yarn because it'll decompose in about 3 to 5 weeks and can be removed, but in my experience this won't give the anubia's long enough for the roots to attached themselves.

It looks like the plants you obtained were grown emersed as opposed to being submersed grown. Be prepared, some may melt, especially with a new tank.
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The anubia rhizome portion should't be planted in gravel or soil, it'll melt. I'd recommend you attached the anubia's to the wood(or small pieces of wood) with black acrylic yarn. Some will recommend cotton yarn because it'll decompose in about 3 to 5 weeks and can be removed, but in my experience this won't give the anubia's long enough for the roots to attached themselves.



It looks like the plants you obtained were grown emersed as opposed to being submersed grown. Be prepared, some may melt, especially with a new tank.

Which Anubias? I donít see one where the rhizome is Buried. I tied the roots to slate rock below with fishing line.

Well crap. Is there a way to get out ahead of melt?



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OK, you're good then. It looked like the one's in front were buried, but it was hard to tell as I couldn't zoom in closely.

The melt is just a warning, not much you can do that I'm aware of. About 20% of my anubias melted when I first started my tank.
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10-4. At least I know what to expect. Iíll be ready with the scissors lol. Happy New Year!


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