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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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40B Sloooow Grow

Tank: Aqueon 40 Breeder (thanks, Petco!)
Light: IKEA Tertial with LED bulb.
Filter: Fluval U2 Internal + Fluval U3 Internal (Used to be Aqueon QuietFlow E 40 Internal, which got itself canned for being the opposite of quiet)
Heater: Aqueon Pro 150w
Substrate: Caribsea Instant Aquarium, 40lb Peace River, 20lb Sunset Gold
Ferts: Nilocg Thrive C and Thrive Caps

I have kept aquariums on and off for a while, and most recently got the itch after about a 2 year hiatus. And I've always wanted a 40 breeder. I decided to go with low light, low tech for this tank because I've discovered in the past that the perpetual trimming lifestyle is not for me. It's a peninsula setup, because I have a small apartment and 18 inches of wall space is easier to find than 36.

The tank has been set up for about a week and a half, with setup happening slowly over that time. Many of the inhabitants have been with me for a couple months, in temporary tanks while I've been moving. Just finished getting everything in the tank today. Driftwood fungus is waning but still around and making a mess as the snails plow over it. Also dealing with some sediment-stuff from deep in the rock holes that's been getting everywhere.

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Fauna:
20-25 subadult pseudomugil luminatus, "Red Neon" Blue-eye Rainbows
6 young tateurndina ocellicauda, Peacock Gudgeons
3 neritina natalensis, Zebra Nerites

Flora:
Java Fern Narrow
Bolbitis Heteroclita (frozen in transit but recovering)
Mini Bolbitis
Bucephalandra Catherine
Bucephalandra unlabeled from Petco (melted but the rhizome is still good, so doing the wait and see)
Anubias Barteri
Anubias unlabeled from Petco (tissue cuture; neither growing nor suffering)
Cryptocoryne Pontederiifolia
Cryptocoryne Lucens
Cryptocoryne unlabeled from Petco
Echinodorus Horemanii Red
Echinodorus Hadi Red Pearl
Lagenandra Meeboldii 'Red'
Hydrocotyle Sibthorpioides
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A couple daytime shots of the whole setup.



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I love where you've got it set up! That makes for much comfier sitting and watching fish than a lot of set ups I've had.
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I added some Amano shrimp a while back and didn't really ever see them again so I thought I had made some kind of stupid mistake when acclimating them or something, but I have caught a glimpse of 1 or 2 of them a couple times in the last week or two. So that's exciting! I do like to watch shrimp live their shrimpy lives.

The Aqueon QuietFlow filter is still the least quiet filter I can remember having, and I do really like the Fluval U2 I have in there with it, so I ordered a U3 to replace the Aqueon. It should be here tomorrow. I tried sending a message to Aqueon customer service about the noise, but no response. So it goes.

I also got one of the fancypants Kasa smart power strips. It's been AMAZING for turning off the filters for feeding time. Previously, I was crawling around plugging and unplugging at awkward angles.

Planning on adding some male endlers and some ramshorns to the tank soon.

On to the pics!

Full tank shots. The short end view is my favorite, though it's the one I see the least.







Lagenandra Meeboldii 'Red' has been taking off. It seems very happy with life, and is a lovely bright green. If it shows any red in the future, that'll just be a bonus.


Anubias Barteri have been putting out new leaves at a rate of maybe one a week, which is downright speedy by my reckoning. Also pictured, Buce Catherine which is the happiest Buce I've ever had.


Another patch of Anubias Barteri with the undifferentiated crypt from Petco. This crypt is getting suuuuuper bushy. I think it's a Beckettii. Some of the larger leaves have a bit of bronze on them.


Echinodorus Hadi Red Pearl is pretty happy with life too, though so far content to stay tissue-culture sized. Still, it's always got a new leaf under production.


I think this is my favorite plant right now, Cryptocoryne Pontederiifolia. I'm just a fan of the leaf shape and colors it has at the moment.


The Echinodorus Horemanii Red has been mostly melting since I added it to the tank. The stems and roots are still strong, though it's prone to floating off. I did see a new leaf this week though, so there's hope. The Crypt Lucens also melted back significantly, but there is at least one solid leaf left for each planting so I am hoping for a nice rebound at some point. My tiny petco tissue culture anubias and bucephalandra haven't shown any change.

Fish pics! <3 my herd of blue-eyes. They are so fun when they flare at each other, but that's very hard to get on camera.


The gudgeons are starting to grow noticeably bigger than the rainbows and get some nice colors going.
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I noticed a few instances of fish rubbing themselves on the decor over the last couple days and also a few bouts of glass surfing. I couldn't find Prazipro locally so we're doing a course of API General Cure, starting today. Hopefully that will put a stop to that. Fish generally seem to be in pretty good shape otherwise, eating and socializing in typical fish ways.

The Fluval U3 filter arrived yesterday. It's so very much quieter than the Aqueon one was. As a bonus, it takes up less space and uses fewer watts!
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I had the lid off this evening and was enjoying the view from that angle. Thought I'd share with whoever cares to take a look.

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Really nice looking setup IMHO. Will look even better when some of it gorws in more.
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Really nice looking setup IMHO. Will look even better when some of it gorws in more.
Thanks! I am looking forward to seeing it more grown in as well, but that'll be a minute with this tank.
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