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3G Marineland Silhouette - Planted Tank Newb

Hello everyone! My boyfriend bought me a 3 gallon Marineland Silhouette for Christmas. I'm new to actually trying planted tanks instead of just throwing in some plants and hoping they make it.

Flora

Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubius Nana
Annubias.. some other kind. Didn't get the exact kind.
Windelov Java Fern
Moss Ball


Fauna

Baby betta. Unsure of sex.

Equipment (I'm Just Reading Off The Box, TBH! )
Tank: 3g Marineland Silhouette
Lighting: 6 White LEDs/6 Blue LEDs
Heater: Hydor 25W Submersible Aquarium Heater - Original Theo
Filter: 3 stage filtration with the kit. 1 - mechanical filtration Rite Size Z. 2 - Chemical filtration, carbon. 3 - Biological Filtration with Bio-Foam.
Substrate: Aqua Soil Amazonia




This is the back side before the filtration area. I wanted to do a moss wall on the back, but see how the filter pulls through the wall? I think that might cause problems for the filtration. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?





Sorry about the flash and poor photos. The lighting in my room is terrible. I could have opened the curtains I guess.

I have to wait until my next paycheck to start picking more items up. That'll be this Friday, though! I'm hoping people might offer some suggestions or advice. I've kept some bettas, cories, apple snails, mollies, and platys before in ten gallon and five gallon tanks with various common flora, but this'll be the first time I'm really invested in making it look nice. Welcome to my grand adventure!

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Picked up this rock from the Petco down the street. I put it in the tank so I could eyeball the size of it. Ordered my Aqua Soil Amazonia and the Hydor heater that I have heard good things about. The heater will probably go in the filter area in the back seeing as how it looks like it might fit back there.

Waiting for my next paycheck to do the plants. I'm thinking Java Moss, Hair Grass, and some Anubias at least.

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Aqua Soil showed up! I rinsed it a little bit even though it said that wasn't necessary on the package. I tried to offset the rock a little and then create a little depth by making the substrate into a bit of a hill. I'm kind of winging it here. I didn't expect the substrate to get here so quickly so it looks like I might have to budget my plants in sooner than expected.
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Looks like you are off to a nice start.
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Ooo. I'm excited to see you get planted. If you're doing lowtech I suggest you buy a lot 4+ bunches of java fern or anubias to fill in that 3g early for an aesthetic start. I think the moss wall will be ok as long as you don't cover the filter hole with your moss wall or mesh. It looks like you're already planning for that with your rock placement. (:

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Thanks guys!

Alright, so I bought some Dwarf Hairgrass, Anubius Nana, Anubias.. some other kind. Didn't get the exact kind. Windelov Java Fern and a Moss Ball!

It's kind of hard to see in the picture since the Aqua Soil kicked up a lot of dust. I tried to make the hairgrass spread out some more but I felt bad ripping it apart. Also, it was a huge pain in the butt to get into the soil. It kept floating. It actually kind of messed up my hill a little bit because I had to keep pushing the substrate over it. I have the Java Fern up in the back left corner and the rando Anubias in the front right. The Anubias Nana is connected with fishing wire to the top of the rock and also planted near the base of the rock. The moss ball is just chilling at the bottom of the hill.



Now to cycle!

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Water cleared up!

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very very cute little scape. this is a new aquarium, I have never seen one like this before.

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Me neither! I was so worried when I first got it because there were no reviews anywhere. I guess I can be one of the first to write one, then! Also, thank you!

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Very nice!

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Looks really nice. You should try and break up the hair grass into smaller pieces and replant.
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Looks really nice. You should try and break up the hair grass into smaller pieces and replant.
I was about to suggest the same. If you break them up and leave less space between clumps you'll get a carpet quicker.

Nice start!
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I'm so scared to. It was really hard to get them to stay planted in the first place. Will it be bad for them to stay like it is or will it just take longer to get the carpet going? I'm okay with it taking longer. But I don't want them to die...
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It's cycled! I changed the filter pad and am running one more 24 hour test to make sure I don't mess up the bio filter by replacing the pad.
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This is Draco Malfoy. He's a baby betta and he was introduced yesterday to the tank.
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