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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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I just started a new tank, 12" on each side, almost 7.5 gallons max.

Substrate: 2.5" soil, 1.5" sand, and a little bit of gravel.

Filters: 2 x Top Fin MF-10

Light: Fluval Planted Nano 3.0, 2 siestas

Plants: Crypts and grasses, plus some moss and floaters from my other tanks.


I'm thinking about a few different options:

1. Move my loach to this tank and get a pea puffer

2. Try guppies or other live-bearers

3. More shrimp and friends

Any thoughts?

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Day 3

I added a few more plants and now I'm just waiting for the cycle. Yes, I like really deep soil substrate. Roots deserve the best.

I'm still not sure what I will do for livestock. I need to figure out where my loach should live, because he or she is not really shrimp-friendly, and would probably snack on any fry. I'm thinking of moving my loach to the new tank and adding a pea puffer, and let it be the home for my carnivores, since my bigger tank should be a shrimp and fry paradise.

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My style: Organic soil, sand, gravel, Top Fin MF10, Tunze Comline Nanofilter 3161, Apex EL, Fluval Planted 3.0, two-siesta lighting schedule, and minimal maintenance.


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Nice setup! If you haven't done pea puffers before just know they are a bit demanding when it comes to feeding in my experience. Mine didn't care for fish food. It was all live foods. I used black worms, scuds, and snails. Watching them eat snails is amazing/horrifying. If you are willing to feed them a steady supply of snails you'll have happy puffers.
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I had a saltwater puffer for a few years. Very cool, like a working dog. I could pet him, hand-feed him brine shrimp, and even have him water-blast shrimp from my fingers above the water. It sounds like the pea puffers are major carnivores of anything that fits.

My style: Organic soil, sand, gravel, Top Fin MF10, Tunze Comline Nanofilter 3161, Apex EL, Fluval Planted 3.0, two-siesta lighting schedule, and minimal maintenance.


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They're cute... and are absolutely murderous little goblins compared to marine varieties. They leave a trail of death like nobody's business.

But they're great to keep in a species-only tank. Especially if you have the time to dedicate to them and think of them as critters you need to pay more attention to than, say, shrimp or Endlers.


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I removed a bunch of soil to drop it to 1.5 inches, with a small sand cap, and a shake of gravel. It was a total pain, but worth it. Total depth is probably 2.5" to 2.8" now.
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I moved about six shrimp from my pico tanks to the cube. Once I get all the shrimp out of the picos, I will remove half the pico substrate, and replant.
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What particular brand of sand are you using? I really like it.


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Believe it or not, it is just the simple Top Fin black sand.

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Believe it or not, it is just the simple Top Fin black sand.

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I'm currently using that in my 3 gallon. Its nice and coarse!


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I like it. I still tend to add at least a dusting of gravel, just so the sand doesn't move from any water flow. It is amazing how little gravel does the trick.

My style: Organic soil, sand, gravel, Top Fin MF10, Tunze Comline Nanofilter 3161, Apex EL, Fluval Planted 3.0, two-siesta lighting schedule, and minimal maintenance.


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I added a video to another thread if you want to see how the sand and gravel settle in flow.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11262921

My style: Organic soil, sand, gravel, Top Fin MF10, Tunze Comline Nanofilter 3161, Apex EL, Fluval Planted 3.0, two-siesta lighting schedule, and minimal maintenance.


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