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Wow! have had some great growth
Yes, too quickly, some of the Buces are already getting too big and I'll have to consider splitting them in a few weeks.


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The Neons works perfect in there. Is that a Harlequin Rasbora as well?
Its a small school of Espei Rasboras(Trigonostigma Espei) or Labchop Rasbora, smaller cousin of Harlequins. I might get a few more after my trip to bring them up to 10 or so as they school tightly with numbers. But I wanted to get Mosquito Rasboras as well so I'll have to decide one or the other.
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The workhorse duo of my tank a spotted nano pleco and otocinclus.


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And now I've added a fish to my wishlist. That is the cutest pleco ever.

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the workhorse duo of my tank a spotted nano pleco and otocinclus.
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I don't actually know, it has coloring like the L-085 Gold Nugget Pleco, small spots, with a white stripe on the edges of tail and dorsal, but its white not yellow.


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The tank has been growing in nicely. Rotala Rotundifolia and Pogostemon Erectus beginning to color up as they reach the top of the tank. Spiky Moss has become darker, more dense, and is slowly creeping along the spider wood. S. Repens is maintaining large leaves and showing more vertical growth. Bucephalandra are coloring up nicely and at higher light I am seeing more bluish tones. Hygrophila Pinnatafida is finally showing faster growth.

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Ludwigia Palustris is coloring up and growing quickly but the emersed growth is melting at the bottom of the stems and the increased height is causing the stems to detach from the spiderwood. I will need to get guidance on how to attach the stems more robustly at the top of the spider wood. I will soon need to top the ludwigia into shorter pieces and reattach it to the spiderwood.

I need to get more types of moss possibly to put on the spderwood thinking about weeping or Christmas but trying to keep things really low maintenance so I don't want moss that gets messy when you trim it any suggestions?


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Beautiful little tank, nicely done!
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Reaching my goals for plant health has been challenging lately. I don't think I can get 100% healthy plants with my tap water anymore and am considering remineralized RO. There seems to be too many variables with my tap water and the plants just aren't as healthy as I would like.

The Pogostemon Erectus is very fussy and even slight changes to Micros seem to trigger branching.
The Rotala Rotundifolia also branch by themself in areas without it being trimmed.
Staurogyne Repens was growing too big and overpowering the scape so I removed all the larger older leaves.
Hygrophila Pinnatafida is growing large leaves reaching the surface so I had remove the largest leaves.

Ludwigia Repens is a brownish red or pinkish instead of the nice wine red I had earlier and I am not sure I can improve it without creating conditions where algae is a risk. (Higher Ferts + Higher Light)

The light was too high(up to 130par) and/or the dosing too lean with Tropica Specialized so K an P deficiencies started to appear particularly in Ludwigia Palustris.

I reduced light and switched to PPS-PRO dosing (with half Urea/ Half KNO3 for N source) which has removed the deficiencies in new leaves but I see a little bit of GDA on rocks now and a few old leaves are getting fuzz algae which I promptly remove with diligent pruning. I had to reduce to half PPS- PRO and reduce photoperiod, to prevent further algae, it seems under control now and I am no longer getting GSA on plants or glass.


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Simply gorgeous. Add some ferts and when those plants grow, it will be even more breathtaking.
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I got tired of having two tanks one just for my Betta and he was a bit neglected so I decided to put him in my main tank temporarily(and watch closely) until I give away my old tank to friends.

I thought there was a risk he would harass or scare the 10 RCS I have in the tank or even worse try to eat them.

Not only are they not scared but since I added him they seem more bold, hide less, and are more visible than ever before. I even saw a berried female yesterday which is the first time I've seen berried RCS in this tank.

The Betta stays mostly at the top, flashing me and begging for food, he doesn't bother anyone and has a very mild temperment, the Neons and Rasboras are a lot more agressive for food than this Crowntail, I am pleasantly surprised .


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