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WATduh's Nano Tank Stand

So I was kinda nervous to post in this section. It's only been a little over a month since I totally refurbished my fish only / plastic plant tank. I apologize for the poor quality pics. I'm going to take some better photos later with a 'real' camera and when the lighting is better in the office. But anyway- here we go!



The top is a 10g w/paintball CO2 (courtesy of JaggedFury) and T5 lighting (about 3.6 wpg). It has Glowlights, ghost shrimp, cory cats and a pair of oto's.

The middle tank is a 3g with a nano CO2 system and a watt light. It's a Betta only tank



Here is a close-up of 10g



And here is the close-up of the 3g



The bottom is a 2.5g fry/quar. tank. Right now there are some cute little cory fry in there.

And that's all for now! Hoepfully better quality pics to follow. Please- I'm a total rookie with plant keeping and aquascaping. Comments, suggestions, criticism, all is welcome.

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Very nice. Don't be scared of posting your tanks, they look great! I'm impressed on how well you are doing from the start. Keep up the good work. As far as aquascaping....I've been at this for over 2 years now and I still haven't figured that out.

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Very nice. Don't be scared of posting your tanks, they look great! I'm impressed on how well you are doing from the start. Keep up the good work. As far as aquascaping....I've been at this for over 2 years now and I still haven't figured that out.
Thank you for the encouragement, sewingalot! Yes, aquascaping is the hardest part, IMO. I don't think my tank will ever be 'done'.

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Even those who have scaped tanks often feel that way. I often say focus growing the plants in the beginning and see what works for you. After that, play with aquascapes. (But this is my excuse for having a scapeless tank. ) The 10 gallon looks nicely done with the driftwood placement. I especially appreciate the left side.

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Both of ur tanks are nice. I would move the nano tank closer to the front so you can see it better. Just a thought. Keep up the good work.
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Both of ur tanks are nice. I would move the nano tank closer to the front so you can see it better. Just a thought. Keep up the good work.
Thank you Quentin. I did move the tank closer to the front. I move that tank all the time when I do maintenance on it. Thank you for the compliments!

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I too love anubias =D But sadly all my anubias mysteriously died on me a while ago. If I were you, I'd split that DHG.

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I too love anubias =D But sadly all my anubias mysteriously died on me a while ago. If I were you, I'd split that DHG.
Hey PinoyBoy- any warning signs before your anubias died off?? I hope that doesn't happen to me. I know it's a slow grower, but it seems like every week I see a brand new light green leaf on my anubias! Love it- it get all excited when I come home from work and see that. However, I have a feeling the anubias plants will eventually "plateau". Then maybe it'll be time to split up the rhizome. At least that's my strategy.

I will def. split up the DHG. I didn't really know what to do with it. I just know that I always wanted DHG. It really hasn't done much in my tank- doesn't seem to be growing or dying. Hopefully splitting it up will help. I have ordered some HC- for my foreground. Hoping it will be here soon.

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Don't forget to also split up the HC and post pictures.

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any warning signs before your anubias died off??
The rhizome went from dark green, to light green, then started turning yellow~ish. The rhizome was nice, fat and firm, when it was dark green. As the color got lighter, it started turning mushy. When I took it out of the tank, it had a crunchy exterior and then the inside felt like mashed potato soaked in gravy. Squeezed it between my fingers, it felt like smashing a mealworm or the abdomen of an insect. Sorry, got a bit graphic there.

But don't worry, I yours is not gonna suffer the same fate as mine. I did some stupid things on my part. I used a regular box cutter (stupid me, it was lubricated with oil) to propagate the rhizomes. I cut all the roots and leaves off (with the same box cutter). I received it in the mail, the leaves was dying and the roots were old but healthy. Old roots = doesn't adhere to DW. So I cut them off so the new roots will attach nicely to my DW. I've read online that for java ferns, crypts, swords, and anubias, you have to remove the whole leaf/stalk if the leaf is dying, you can't just trim it like stem plants.

After a few weeks, new leaves and new roots sprouted on all the bare rhizomes. I even managed to grow 8 new leaves from a 1inch rhizome. Then few months later, that's when they suddenly started dying. I assume the stupid things I did on my part was the reason.

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