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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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After almost 3 years of keeping one tank. I am now ready to for my 2nd one. (Yes it took me 2+ years!)

Rimless tank, 18 gal (but will only be filled with around 12gal water), 28"x14"x11"

Planned inhabitants:
1 Plakat
5 Rasboras (undecided between Chili or Red-tailed)
3 Kuhli Loaches
and maybe some snails.

Planned scape: Only 2/3 of the tank will be filled with water. Sand substrate, botanicals, round stones (small to large), and a single driftwood that go above the water line -- finding the right wood will be a challenge.

Planned flora:
Duckweeds and dward lettuce for surface cover.
Java ferns and Anubias attached to the wood right around the waterline, some barely submerged, most will be by the waterline, like in an immersed state.
One indoor houseplant that can survive with roots in the water (Haven't decided with this one.. maybe some type of terrestrial jungle fern or something..
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2019, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Tank is set. Wasn't able to find the right hardscape to have the "dry area" for the house plant I wanted, but this may do. I guess I'll go get more Java ferns, and maybe few bulbs of lilies to fill the empty space behind the drift wood.

Now I wait few weeks for cycling, before I finally go shop for fish!
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This looks great!

Have you considered using some moss on the wood in back?


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This looks great!

Have you considered using some moss on the wood in back?
That would look nice. I don't have any experience with moss. What do you recommend for a lowtech/low light setup?


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Pretty much any aquatic moss you can get in your country will work in a low-light situation.

Things like Java Moss, Fissidens, that sort of thing will grow really well and you won't need much of it. Just adding a little bit here and there on the (submerged portion) wood in the back could look nice.

Check out some other tank journals here on the forum to see how other people use moss. I think you'll find it really easy and fun to work with.
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I really donít see where youíd have room behind wood for lily bulb.

Some hydrocotyle japan as little floating vine around sticks would look nice.


Coming up from behind sticks growing on stones 1 or 2 anubias lanceolata would be perfect. Very nice when grown as emergent plant. Just make sure to use led bulb in your light so itís not to hot and dries plant leaves out.

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1st day of Betta Smaragdina + Going full blackwater w/ my new tank

Update:

By week 2, I added 3 native shrimps (Philippines) as "guinea pigs" to see if the tank is safe and ready for habitation. 5 days passed and the shrimps settled nicely. I then started looking for my first betta/s.

And just today, I was so lucky find a local breeder and quickly bought a pair of Betta Smaragdina (wild-type). Both are still juveniles. Wasn't expecting to get these, since these are very rare to find in my area.

With the tank: I added some botanicals already; Indian almond leaves, and Mahogany seed pods. And additional plants; lily and pothos plant on top. I decided to go full blackwater with this one. Expecting tints soon.

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1 month in.

Little boy fully settled. Pothos and lilies are thriving.
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I like the dimensions of this tank. I'm looking forward to seeing it grow out!
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Showing his colors for the first time! Thought it will take longer for him to develop colors, I am pleasantly surprised.

Also made some additions to the tank.. bought some toiletry holders (lol) and used them as planters inside the tank, I planted bacopa monnieri in them as emersed. Added some moss as well, I just put them in between rocks, driftwoods, and also in the bacopa planter they grow and cover the container.
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