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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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17 Gal - High Tech Nature Aquarium

Just go back into the hobby after a couple of years on hiatus. Figured it would be a good time considering the current situation we are all stuck in.

Here's some details about the tank so far:

Tank: 17 Gallon Mr. Aqua
Stand: Ikea Besta White with Glossy Doors (Not here yet)
Filter: Eheim 2215/Lily Pipes
Lights: Twinstar II 600s
Co2 regulator: Co2 Art Pro Regulator / 5lb CO2 Tank / GLA inline diffuser
Substrate: ADA aquasoil in the middle of the rocks and Play Sand around the rocks
Fertz: Will make, not sure what mix yet, but probably a more lean type of fert mix

I haven't gotten any idea on any plants yet, what are some suggestions you guys have? Especially for the middle-ish back ground part

Here's the list of plants I'm thinking of getting so far:

Mini Pellia / Anubias Petite / Downoi / Rotala H'ra / Bucephalandras / Mini Fissiden / Weeping Moss


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 02:08 AM
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Hey there! Great start! You might to reconsider using more than 1 type of moss. It's your tank and moss is cool. I just think it might be too busy with multiple kinds. Good luck!

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True, I'm not sure what moss to do between mini pellia or weeping moss. I wanted to make it look more like a nature aquarium. I feel like mini pellia has a very clean, and can make nice bushes. While weeping moss makes the wood have more an aged looked to it. So far, I am undecided on what to get.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-29-2020, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an update! Just filled in the tank. I got a couple new plants to fill the hardscape! So far I've added:

- Some random bucephanlandras (in the front)
- Mini Bolbitis (far back left and right rocks)
- Trident Java Fern (middle)
- Dwarf Hair Grass (left and right front)
- Callicostella Prabaktiana (front tree branches)
- Rotala Rotundfolia Red (Far back middle)
- Ludwigia Arcuata (Middle)

Any suggestions for scape improvement or plants?

I'm waiting on my Inflow and then I will have the tank fully set up with co2 and all. Excited to see how this will one will grow out!
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Nice setup. I am starting up a similar tank and am considering the same Ikea Besta 2 door cabinet.

Does it seem sturdy? Did you need to reinforce it?

My tank is a 29G Landen rimless with 8mm glass but will have fewer rocks. Probably heavier but not a lot.
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Looks amazing!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-31-2020, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Mourip, now that you mention it a 29G is significantly heavier than a 17 gallon. I believe most members are able to sustain a 17-20g on an ikea besta stand. However, a 29G would be an extra load of 70-80 pounds considering that 1 gallon of water ~ 8.35 pounds. If you were to go the Besta route, you would definitely need extra reinforcement
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Your tank is looking great! My only suggestion (maybe for future scapes), is that some of the wood have unnaturally straight cuts (from a saw maybe? It kind of takes away from the natural look of the scape.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-01-2020, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I agree, it was the only wood I could find to fit what I wanted for the scape. I am planning to cover most of the sawed off portions with moss (callicostella prabakatiana), which is supposed to a have a weeping moss texture. That way it will cover up the unnaturalness of the cuts.
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Update! Just did a big trimming today of the rotala rotundfolia "red" and rotala arcuata. My plan is to cut them 3-4" from the substrate to get them to split into two stems, and then cut them again from there. I also took some stems and filled in the small gaps in between the rotalas to give it that bushier look. So far things are looking good, and the tank is running well with little presence of algae (fingers crossed!!! ) I did add some more trident java fern to the tank, and hopefully they will grow to be more dense.

Also added 5 amano shrimps to help combat any algae that might pop up. I plan to add some otos and more amanos once the tank settles some more. Will update again once the plants grow out, and hopefully I start seeing that orangeish/redish hue. Excited~!!!

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