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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-16-2019, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'm setting up my first ever planted tank (after dabbling in nano-reefs a few years back) and I feel like a beginner all over again!

Tank: 8G Cadlights Mini Series, Fluval Nano 15w light, 50w heater, and a strong built in pump (I think it said "187 GPH return pump").

There are 3 compartments in the back: There's a filter pad in first one, the heater in the middle, and the pump in the third. I also have ceramic rings I can put under the heater (should I? do these help?)

Stock: I already forgot what kind of substrate I bought from my local place...but I put in an Amazon Spear, Hornwart, Nana, and some Dwarf Hairgrass. I plan on adding a few many more plants once the tank is really up and running, and will add some fish soon (still deciding!) There's some fungus on the driftwood right now, but the water has cleared up after the first few days of cloudiness and some partial water changes.

Aquascaping: I'm not super happy with the driftwood placement, but I had to put it in front of the pump to disperse the flow a bit. I feel like it is too up front and center, but I like the shape and want to plant some moss or grass on it eventually. It also has a small hole in the middle where something can be planted. I have a clip on the back holding it down bc it was still floating even after boiling for hours and hours and hours.

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Any suggestions or tips or feedback are appreciated! Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Week 2

Added a few more plants, some snails, and a Fluval Mini C02 kit! The C02 has only been on for two days or so, and it fits perfectly in the back of the tank. I'm excited to see it help.

Plants: there's been a bit of new growth, but mainly I'm concerned that the plants melting doesn't get much worse (hopefully the C02 helps there!) The nana in the bottom corner seems to be doing the best.

Snails: One of the small ones died after just a few days, but the larger one seems to be doing great.

Fish: I had my water tested at my LFS, and they said I'm ready for fish! I'm likely going to put in a few tetras, but I still have to do some research since the tank has a pretty strong flow.
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