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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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A 3 gallon JBJ Pico

Hey all,

One of my first posts here, figured this is a good place to start

Current tank


Right now it's just a standard/plain tank with some fine gravel:


An Anubias Nana:


And a Green Hedge:


The only inhabitant is a Black Night Shortfin Male Betta:




I've got some Rotala, HC, and Anubias Petite on the way, as well as a Fluval light. Found out this standard light is more for corals than plants so I ordered the one that is included with any EBIs.

Needs some driftwood or rocks but won't get those for a couple of weeks till I get back to my pet store. Also needs a new filter but that will be in a couple weeks as well.

Will eventually get a shrimp colony going (if the betta allows them to live) and some nerites.

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Oh, your Anubias looks very healthy!
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I have the same tank. Switched out the bulb but kept the stock ficture and everything is growing great. Good luck
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Thanks!

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I have the same tank. Switched out the bulb but kept the stock ficture and everything is growing great. Good luck
What's you switch the lightbulb with?
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I Think it is a marineland bulb. It is not a 50/50 bulb. I can look this pm when I get home from work.
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Ok so I got home and looked it's a Coralife bulb.
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Thanks for the info, I'll have to get one as a back up since mine arrived today from amazon haahaha.

Here's the new light:

Kinda loves how it looks (I've filled up the tank and trimmed the green hedge but that was after taking the picture lol)

I've got 6 some anubias petites on the way after xmas as well as some rotala.



Should I be excel-ing and all that jazz? Bought some osmocote plus capsules that I'll be using too since it's not fertilized soil

Also would it be better to have the light on one of the sides going sideways? Or will it get enough light like it is right now?
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You need to uncover the roots/rhizome on the anubias or it will melt. Only the rotala and "hedge" will benefit from osmocote capsules is the lone stem of rotala. You could put one directly under it, and then add more as you add root feeding plants. If you ever add a foreground stem, stick some more in.

You have a few choices to make. With my JBJ, it's a low light no Excel tank that is anubias and java fern filled. Or, you can go higher light, Excel and root tabs and start adding faster growing stems. If you are adding numerous anubias, you might get some driftwood or rockscape and tie the anubias to the hard points.
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Sorry forgot to mention I uncovered it more but thanks for the heads up

Good to know about the capsules, I'll just put them in the back then. HC won't need any?

And yeah I'm looking around for some a driftwood piece that I can stick in there and stick the petites on each side. Or I'll get a couple rocks and stick them near the base.

Love anubias
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