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My 5.5G Desktop Planted Tank Journal





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5.5G Perfecto Tank
Up-Aqua 27W PC Light Fixture (8000K)
Elite Hush 5 power filter
Red Sea Flora Base
12 plant species (Crypto Wendtii, Red Lotus, Red Cabomba, Green Cabomba, Asian Ambulia, Java Moss, Rotala Ramosior, Rotala Indica, Alternanthera Reineckii, Bacopa Caroliniana)
5 cardinal tetras
4 red leopard blue guppies
cherry shrimps
crystal red shrimps

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Very Nice!!!!! How do you like the FloraBase?
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Looks nice, *but* I have a red lotus in my 75g that is getting too big... a single leaf would cover the entire surface of a 5.5 once it grows in. You may want to find a new home for that beast.
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I don't have an opinion on Florabase yet as I am a newbie. The reason I picked it was mainly because I liked the look of it. On the Lotus, its a teenie weenie plant right now. I guess I will keep an eye on it and make adjustments when the time comes. Thanks for the comments.
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A couple of new pics taken 3 days apart. Almost everything is doing well. The Cabomba and new Banana plant are growing the fastest. Banana plant has shot a stem to the surface within about 2 days and its leaves have grown a lot over a few days. Cabomba has to be trimmed weekly and was trimmed before the 2nd picture. Tiger Lotus has grown nice new leaves as the original leaves were in bad shape to begin with.

The red plant on the left (no ID) isn't doing well though. I'm not even sure if its a true aquatic plant. I've only been turning on my lights 5 out of 7 days so maybe that contributed to its condition.

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Looks great Sam.
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Looks nice Just a thought but have you checked the water hardness? I know that some rocks I've added from outside in the past have increased the hardness of the tanks I put them in noticeably.
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Looks nice Just a thought but have you checked the water hardness? I know that some rocks I've added from outside in the past have increased the hardness of the tanks I put them in noticeably.
Sorry I have not tested for water hardness. I got the rocks from a big aquarium chain store.
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If you got them from an aquarium chain store then you are probably okay. Aquarium stores sometime carry rocks that do increase the hardness intentionally, which is good for things like an African cichlid tank, but those don't look like the kinds that would do it as far as I can tell.
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Hi your tank looks great. Keep up the good work.

Can i ask where i can get the
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Looks great!
One of the few tanks where I have seen two different types of rocks used that look good together

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20 gallon long low light garden.
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What r u using for a filter, hang on back or canister?
Do you use co2?
I tried that kind of wattage on a no co2 tank and I ruined all the plants with algae.
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

William, I got the light from a local store. I don't know where you could get it online but I can give you the link of the manufacturer. At this time, I'm not sure how common the 27W replacement bulbs are. The manufacturer is: http://www.up-aqua.com/ As you can see, they don't have any info at all about their lighting fixtures yet.

fishymatty, I just have a Elite Hush 5 HOB power filter. I don't inject CO2. I'm hoping that the shrimps in my tank can help with the algae.
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Got some new additions:

Two orange guppies (no ID), Hygrophila Corymbosa, and more crystal red shrimps. Two of the existing guppies found a new home to make space for the new additions.







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Looks cool! I tried googling the light and came up with this thread twice and that was all that returned from google.
Don't worry too much about algae...I have 18w pc over a 2.5g and can't get algae to grow more less worrying about it and have 4x9w over my 5.5g.


You posted when I posted.....I would probably raise the water level a bit more to keep the HOB from splashing the water surface too much.

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