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9.5 gallon starfire cliffs attempt tank

Hey everyone, starting another small 9.5 gallon tank. Plans for this is petrified wood, lots of fissidens fontanus as a carpet and some dwarf hair grass at the back!

I plan on cycling for a couple months using DIY co2 and the 34 watt light to get as much fissidens growth as I can, and no co2 once I am done cycling because I am going to put in shrimps. (Otherwise I would have co2 and hc cuba!)

Substrate is Ada Amazonia and filter is eheim 2215

Let me know if you think I can add anything as I do this to make it look more epic!

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Hardscape left angle shot


Is there anything else I should add to help the fissidens fontanus carpet faster besides co2 and light?
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I think that looks awesome!

Good idea!

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Looks cool, but your right and left angle shots look pretty much the same? or did i missread?


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Looks cool. What are your plans for the area on the other side of the divider?
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Looks cool. What are your plans for the area on the other side of the divider?
I was curious about this, too.


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Subscribed, so I can see what you're up to on the other side
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Filled the tank tonight, added filter and placed them temporarily in the corner for cycle start, probably going to switch them to lily pipes!



This is how much fissidens I transferred from my other tank, these two patches have been growing for a couple months in a shrimp tank with no co2... I'm hoping if I added a DIY setup for co2 for a month or two I can get some quicker growth, anyone have ideas as to how I should propagate this plant to carpet my substrate?



As for the right side, I am testing a bare - ish glass bottom partition so I can feed and leave food for the shrimps down there, minimizes less chance food gets stuck in substrate and go bad or feed pests. I Have heard many people use this method with success so I'm giving it a try! I plan on getting Christmas moss to flow over from the top of the divider or maybe a mini moss wall against the divider, well see how it goes, worst comes to worst I could always plant a crapload of dwarf hair grass down there or blyxa japonica and have it grow up to match the higher ground haha
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A little update, I added some plants in and more fissidens, hooked up 6L coke bottles for diy co2. I added a second ehiem 2213 with only bacteria ball media and no foam to inject my co2, the tooth picks you see on the right side are to block some holes in the spray bar so that the co2 doesn't escape so close to the top!


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I love the idea and its starting out great!

I'd be concerned about the depth of the substrate and it going anaerobic in a few months. I've never used the ADA substrate so I don't know if that is as much of a problem as it is with dirt.....


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