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30g cube + BBG breeding

I've been out of the hobby for quite awhile because I have been moving around, but I will be staying put for a few years atleast so I grabbed a tank off of craigslist to have fun with. I painted the back of the tank immediately. I like the way it covers up a lot of stuff going on behind the tank.

The tank is in dry start right now and will be for as long as my patience holds.

lights - 2x18W T5HO aquatic life (may add another one if necessary) + 15W strip
Currently using Odyssea 4x18W T5HO 2x10K bulbs, 1x6.7k, 1 roseate
co2 - pressurized
sub - eco-complete + fluorite black mixed

I cant decide if I want to go with rummynose/RCS or make it a dwarf puffer only tank. Would rummynose even work with RCS?
Current stocking list is:
9 black neon tetra
1 female gold honey gourami
1 oto
25 juvenile RCS

Plants from aquariumplants.com. They gave me two extra crypts.


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I would appreciate any comments, opinions or advice on the layout or anything else.

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Pretty sure rummy nose don't have a problem with RCS, the story would be different for the fry of course. But that's nothing some good shrubbery wouldn't fix.

Just a little curious, can you dry start most plants and what does it do for the set up?

Cant wait to see how it turns out!

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Pretty sure rummy nose don't have a problem with RCS, the story would be different for the fry of course. But that's nothing some good shrubbery wouldn't fix.

Just a little curious, can you dry start most plants and what does it do for the set up?

Cant wait to see how it turns out!
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Dry starting allows the plants to become rooted and settled in. It allows hard to grow plants to become established as many of them are easier to grow emersed. I am doing dry start in this case specifically for my HC and dwarf hairgrass as they can be a pain to get going submersed in a new tank, or so I have read.

Most of the typical aquarium plants should do well in dry start. I would avoid trying to do it with a lot of the stem plants though. I am not an expert, btw. If you do some google searching I am sure you can find better info than what I have provided .
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Doesn't look like you have enough room for rummy nose. For they like to school and are fast swimmers. I think this would be better with dwarf puffers. For they are slow swimmers.
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Doesn't look like you have enough room for rummy nose. For they like to school and are fast swimmers. I think this would be better with dwarf puffers. For they are slow swimmers.
Thanks, thats kind of what I was thinking. At first I was set on getting rummynose, but I kept thinking the dimensions of the tank would be bad for them.
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update

Added some rocks, sword plants in the back and replanted the hairgrass.







Any opinions on the rocks? or anything else. This is my first real shot at a planted tank.


The tank is viewed from the front and the left.
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Very nice. Very proportional. The wood and rocks you have picked make the tank look bigger than it is. A few smaller rocks near what you have would add some depth.
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Here is a small update. Everything is going great. I got some new RCS yesterday from CuLan but they are all hiding in the driftwood so I can't get a picture.

The only changes I think I've made are that I added a couple more crypts in the back left and I ripped the java fern out of the driftwood. I may try to put some sort of moss on it in the future. The DHG just recently got a major haircut so its not looking the greatest. Im still waiting on the swords in the back right to take off. I want the back right to get really full and bushy.




Here are a couple shots of my new brackish tank. I originally got a bumble bee goby for my planted tank but it quickly became my favorite fish so I decided to set up a new tank to make him happy. I am going to try and breed them.


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Got a microworm starter culture in today and got a couple of those ready to go. Just in time by the looks of it. I bought a large female BBG at the LFS last week and she was fat then and appears to be getting even fatter. I'm just hoping there is a male of the same species and mature enough to breed in there with her. We'll see.



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Also ordered some green cabomba for the main tank. I am going to try and throw it in the back right to cover up the equipment and to give some height.
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Some nice lookin fish.
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Nice tank! i like the shape

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Excellent growth for 1 month!
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Some nice lookin fish.
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Nice tank! i like the shape
The shape is beginning to grow on me. My problem is that I dont like maintaining stem plants so my scape isn't going to have a lot of height. I did just order some cabomba though for the back right to cover up all the equipment though. We'll see how manageable that is.

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Excellent growth for 1 month!
It doesn't seem so fast when you are watching it 24/7

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The loneliest oto. Still can't find any friends for him and honestly the tank could use a few more(check out the diatoms? on the rock). Maybe the LFS will get more this week.
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