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Nano Riparium build

Hello all!
I figured I should create a build thread... if for nothing more than the fact that I need to keep track with a few tanks, lol. So I picked up:
Penn plex curved 3.4 gallon aquarium- 11 inches high by 7 3/8 inches wide and 10 1/4 inches long
ONF Nano Light 1300 lm
Filter: stock cascade internal filter (prolly change that at some point) but it hides behind the rock

Substrate: Eco Complete
Stone: Dragon Stone and white sand


Plants:
Mini dawrf hairgrass
Monte Carlo
Riccia Fliutans
Nana petite anubias
I wouldnt be surprised if I put some of my mini christmas moss, fissidens fontanus, taiwan, etc as I have too much overgrowing in my other tanks.


Terrestrial plants:
Moringa bonsai (I started growing these from seed submersed... taken awhile for them to germinate, but they are doing great, hopefully soon ill be able to tie them together as im going for a bit of a mangrove look)
Ficus... however he is just hanging out and might not stay
Babies tears (towards the top where the light is the strongest.... it might get ticked off as I have no CO2 other than excel, lol)
'Found moss' that I have been working on submerging that will be at the top: Babies Tooth (plagiomnium cuspidatum) and Fern Moss (thuidium deliecotulum)


Inhabitants:
Couple Endlers
1 Amano shrimp
A few Cherry shrimp


The tank is still cycling (with the filter), but doing well at:
pH 7.4
Ammonia at 2 (I was dosing 5ppm and waited for it to drop... so im on a roll!)
Nitrite: .50
Nitrates 40


I hope to plant the end of this week.... I put in the bubbler and have dosed with a small amount of Thrive C.




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Update Today (Friday):
Ammonia .50
Nitrites .50
Nitrates 80

So for me, now would be a good time to plant. Im not going to 'dose' ammonia anymore (I had been dosing to keep it at 2-5ppm for quite some time). Instead after planting ill wait for it to settle and add some feeder fish in about a week.

Im waiting for some plants to arrive, and I have lots of work to do with my found mosses/liverwort and turning the Moringa Tree seedlings into a bonsai (tying them together now that they have leaves). Still waiting for some plants to be delivered....
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Ok, planted. I did a diagram of what is growing where:
....But.... I took the moringa tree sprouts and wove them together, tying the base with some plumbers thread. The moringa tree roots were more delicate than I thought.... they broke off so easily
Ill see if they make it... it takes awhile for trees to grow! so im starting another grouping. ugh.

I think my next post will be in 2 weeks or so... allowing things to get established (or die). But water parameters are on the right track. Ill add some fish as soon as the ammonia drops down a bit further I have Cobra Sunrise endlers begging for a new enclosure
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A Few days later....

I removed the moringa and put him in a 'critical condition' terrarium, lol. I think he will make it, but im putting him in growth gel so I can monitor root growth. I got rid of babies tears at the top as my found moss was crowding it and I like to see the top of the rocks peak through.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: .25
Nitrates: 40

So I added a fish in the habitat (Snow White Platinum guppy). As soon as the nitrites dip further ill add some shrimp to tidy the place up (I did a filter swap and got fuzz on some of the leaves.... shrimp will make quick work of it).
Fern moss was found, and growing like gangbusters!
Everything else is chugging along with the exception of the monte carlo... it was a bit melted when it arrived, and I put half in this tank, and half in my other tank. Not sure if it will make it... as i already removed it from my other tank.
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