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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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2.5 and 20 gallon beginner low tech tanks

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So first, I'd likely to apologize for the crappy cell phone pictures. I'm still figuring out how to photograph aquariums, and these were somewhat better than what my digital camera took.

2.5 Betta Tank

This tank has gone through a lot of changes. It's been set up for a few months, and I kept moving stuff from this tank to my 10 gallon. At one point it was completely taken over by java fern, which left my betta very little room to swim. I think I'm finally happy with it now, just waiting for things to grow in.
Specs:
2.5 gallon weird trapezoid shape
led lighting ( I know nothing about the specs on these, it came with the tank, and neither the box nor the papers inside have any information about them)
stock filter
laterite capped with aquarium gravel, in the planters
API root tabs
A few drops of Flourish Complete once a week

Fauna:
1 betta

Flora:
Creeping Jenny
Cryptocoryne Parva
Pygmy Chain Sword? (I work at a pet store, and I pulled this out of one of our tanks. It had become separated from it's tag)
There is also a rock with christmas moss on it, but it is only in there till it goes some. My plants are growing better under the leds than under the florescent in my 10g.

The parva is growing back from a bad melt - but it seems to be growing fast!




10 gallon community tank
Specs:
Aqueon 10 gallon
15 watt 6500k T8 florescent light
Aqueon quiet flow 20
laterite capped with aquarium gravel, river stone in the front
API root tabs
Flourish complete once a week
- I am going to switch this tank to a 20 long, and plan to change out the lighting for double t5s and get a marineland filter.

Hardscape:
Mopani wood
Petrified wood from my great, great, great grandfather's farm

Flora:
Christmas moss
Peacock moss
A dismantled marimo ball
Pygmy chain sword
Micro Sword
Java Ferns, regular and windelov
Anubias barteri
Echinododorus Bleheri
Hygrophila augustifolia
Hygrophila Difformis
Creeping Jenny
Ludwigia Repens x arcuata

Fauna:
(This tank is about to be switched to a 20L, so yes, I know it is over stocked, and yes, I know the Danios will be happier in a larger space.)
8 Amano Shrimp
6 Danios (various colors)
6 Celestial Pearl Danios
Some ghost shrimp (the number seems to change daily)

I still think this needs some work, and some time to fill in, just not sure what to do with it at this point. Any suggestions?

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Well first off nice betta. In the first tank(2.5g) the rock and rock planters to me make it look to full. Is the rock planter 1 piece that is divided in 3 sections?

If so I would keep that and get rid of the rock in the front. I would than add some moss to the rock planter walls to make it look like like the moss is growing on the walls of the rock planter.

Also add something for the background. My favorite background that is easy to achieve is a black background.

Do you have any side pics of your 2.5g?
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Thanks for the compliment on the betta! I would post a better picture if he would just hold still for half a second - I have maybe a hundred pictures of a greenish-blue blur. Anyways, yes the rock definitely makes the tank look crowded, but it is only in there to grow some moss. Here's a picture without it.


Here are some side views as well. Unfortunately, the trapezoid shape makes things look weird from certain angles, but the tank really isn't as crowded as it looks. The planter inside takes up maybe 1/5th of the tank, but the bowfront magnifies it and it looks like half the tank is filled.

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I never have but you could probably glue the moss to the stone.
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I finally got to upgrade my tank to a 20 long! (Yes, I was holding out for the Petco $1/gallon sale :P) It needs some time to grow in, but I think it looks tons better than my 10 gallon set-up.

20 gallon long community tank
Specs:
Aqueon 10 gallon
2 x t5HO Odyssea light
Aqueon quiet flow 20
Fluval plant stratum
API root tabs
Flourish complete once a week
Excel daily

Hardscape:
Mopani wood
Petrified wood from my great, great, great grandfather's farm

Flora:
Christmas moss
Peacock moss
A dismantled marimo ball
Pygmy chain sword
Micro Sword
Java Ferns, regular and windelov
Anubias barteri
Echinododorus Bleheri
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Hygrophila Difformis
Cryptocoryne lucens


Fauna:
Amano Shrimp
Cherry Shrimp
6 Danios (zebra, leopard, blue)
6 Celestial Pearl Danios
5 dario dario

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2 weeks later, with co2 going for a week. Pardon the algae.

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Nice start.......great looking tanks.
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That's nice to see you upgraded to a 20g now you have more room to play with.
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Now you need to change the title to include the 20G. Changes> advanced.

The light is too strong to do without injecting Co2. Another option is to raise the light. Hoppy has a thread on that and light PAR.
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Now you need to change the title to include the 20G. Changes> advanced.

The light is too strong to do without injecting Co2. Another option is to raise the light. Hoppy has a thread on that and light PAR.
Thanks for the tip on changing the title. I think I got it changed now.
And yes, I know it's way too much light (Hoppy's thread was very helpful!), it just took me a little while to get the co2 going. I've got it up and running now, and will have a new pic tomorrow. The second pic of the 20L was after a week of co2.
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Update on my 20L. It's green! LOL. I think I need to cut my photo-period back. I've been turning the lights on when I get up in the morning, and off when I go to bed. Cutting back on that time should help with the algae. 2 weeks of co2:


I got tired of the planters in the betta tank. So here it is replanted. The picture was taken just a few hours after planting, so pardon the cloudiness.
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I've been turning the lights on when I get up in the morning, and off when I go to bed.
Try having a siesta period then you will have more viewable time. This increases Co2 in tank, according to Diane Walsted. For example lights on 4hrs/ off 3hrs/ on 6hrs.
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