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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 05-24-2011, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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6.6g Jungle Tank

I've only just finished changing the water on this thing before taking pictures, so please pardon the mess. I bought a dwarf puffer yesterday on impulse. I've never seen them in the LFS before, and I've always wanted one, so here we go!

This bookshelf tank has been running for me for a long time as a general holding tank. Many times it was empty, many times it had fish and/or shrimp in it. Now it is time to give it a permanent job, and a permanent scape. I just rearranged the existing manzy branches that were already piled in there, to branch them out some, and then weighed it all down with a couple rocks. Then, for lack of anything else to plant, I plugged the substrate with about 4 pots of HM. It'll have to do for now. At least there's green in there!










Remember, all that HM is probably mostly just temporary. I am taking suggestions on plant choice/aquascaping style. I'm thinking I'll end up planting various crypts among the branches and rocks, then putting some wisteria and rotala in there for background. Any thoughts? I just want to make the puffer happy!

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I am going to set up a 5 gallon for three dwarf puffers. maybe some plants like rotala or some elodea.
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I decided to possibly go with all crypts. I've received a partial order, and I just finished planting them:




I have some parva coming soon, and then I'm going to fill the back right corner with some taller crypts, not sure yet.
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looks very nice Church...how big is this tank anyways...how bout some specs?
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Sure thing. It's this tank. 24" x 8" x 9" tall. I replaced the stock filter with a red sea nano filter. The light fixture is original, but I replaced the bulb with a 6700k. But it's just a simple, low-light tank. That's why I think crypts are the best choice.
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Cool dimensions on that tank. I love low tech small tanks....once they get balanced they're usually good to go...I had one that was crystal clear for 7-8 months no maintenance....

How bout some moss on them wood?
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cool dimensions on that tank. I love low tech small tanks....once they get balanced they're usually good to go...i had one that was crystal clear for 7-8 months no maintenance....

How bout some moss on them wood?
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What kind? Fissidens? Weeping? I like the idea, actually, so keep the suggestions coming.
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DPs like lost of cover. would do this.


1- tall background plant. maybe giant hairgrass.
2- the crypts you have already. pretty much the same as they are now
3- stems or the big crypts you were talking about
4-a carpet of some sort. maybe even carpeting then stopping right before the edge of the tank, so there is a line of sand that goes around the carpet.

i may actually adapt this idea to a tank ill set up soon


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Hey that's very helpful. Thanks for doing that! I like it a lot, so I think I will go this route.

I can definitely tell the little guy wants more cover. He spends his time hiding down in the nooks between the branches.
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no problem. the idea just popped into my head, and i know how hard it is to come up with something sometimes. like i said earlier, i might actually adopt this scape and use it in ym new 20 long. that i have been trying to decide scapes for a while now.

yeah, i used to have a pair of DPs, i miss them! they were awesome. but do like lots of tall cover


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where did you get your driftwood?


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Hey that's very helpful. Thanks for doing that! I like it a lot, so I think I will go this route.

I can definitely tell the little guy wants more cover. He spends his time hiding down in the nooks between the branches.
I'd do Taiwan, Willow or Flame for a low tech tank. IMO weeping and XMAS looks best with a bit of CO2. How about some Flame on the back branches for height and some Taiwan or Willow on the front branches?
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Okay I will have to look into the mosses a bit more. I definitely want to keep this low tech. I don't think I'm a fan of the upright look of the flame moss, but I definitely like taiwan and willow moss. I am now thinking taiwan moss would look good! Thank you for your suggestion.

orchidman, it's just some manzanita I picked up from badcopnofishtank a few years ago. It consists of like 3 or 4 individual branches that I bundled together and kept in place with 2 rocks.
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I'd do Taiwan, Willow or Flame for a low tech tank. IMO weeping and XMAS looks best with a bit of CO2. How about some Flame on the back branches for height and some Taiwan or Willow on the front branches?
Here's a crappy pic of what I got started last night:





It's not done yet!
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