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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-28-2014, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Omgwhiskey's 6g planted work desktop tank

Starting a journal for my nano 6gallon long desktop tank at work!

Recently upgraded my desk at work, had space for a tank so why not? Might help keep stress at bay I suppose.

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Rimless 20x8x8 inch (custom build)
Finnex fugeray 20"

Coming soon:

Aquaclear 20 filter
Seachem onyx sand substrate

What should I do with it? I'm thinking:

Low tech or high tech?
Iwagumi, dutch or moss only?
Fish? Thinking of a single beta or a few RCS. Perhaps a few male guppies?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-29-2014, 12:09 AM
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Nice little tank setup! Can't wait to see what it looks like filled in.
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Where did you get the glass to build the tank?
I'd suggest low tech (low maintenance) so you don't have more stress with constant cleaning/trimming and it will be fine getting "abandoned" for weekends and holidays. But then again come people find tending gardens constantly relaxing so if you're like that than hi0tech works fine too.

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Nice dimensions. look forward to seeing how you scape
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Where did you get the glass to build the tank?
I'd suggest low tech (low maintenance) so you don't have more stress with constant cleaning/trimming and it will be fine getting "abandoned" for weekends and holidays. But then again come people find tending gardens constantly relaxing so if you're like that than hi0tech works fine too.
You are right, I'm thinking on going low tech for the time being, I have many trimmings from my main tank that will be ideal. Probably stick to some java moss, glossostigma and perhaps a blyxa japonica - I've seen them all grow in a tank that only gets ambient light, odd!

Oh and planning to dose excel just for the sake of some co2.

re: tank, my LFS makes them to spec with a 24-48 hour turnaround, really great quality too.
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I like it! Very sleek and clean looking. I think that tank would look fantastic as an iwagumi. As for fish, a male betta would be nice and low-maintenance, if that's what you want.
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I like it! Very sleek and clean looking. I think that tank would look fantastic as an iwagumi. As for fish, a male betta would be nice and low-maintenance, if that's what you want.
I completely agree, going for an iwagumi style look, keeping it low tech so I'll have to see what works for carpeting.

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Do you have any other stones to work with?
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Do you have any other stones to work with?
Just more of the same type, why?
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The ones you have are pretty small and will probably get hidden by the plants rather quickly. I suppose you could always keep a very well maintained carpet of HC or UG, keep it trimmed low.
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The ones you have are pretty small and will probably get hidden by the plants rather quickly. I suppose you could always keep a very well maintained carpet of HC or UG, keep it trimmed low.
Yup, planning on doing just that.
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Filter installed and flooded. Taking it one step at a time as I do need to get work done

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Keep going on the tank! work is over-rated anyways XP

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Yup, planning on doing just that.
Cool! Looking forward to seeing this thing fill in. I wish I had a little work tank.
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Update time, was away on a business trip for a week, just got around to planting this week.

Decided to go really low-tech with trimmings from my main tank.

Plants:

Limnophila Aquatica
A. Reineckii
Moneywort
Valisneria spiralis
A bit of dwarf hairgrass I want to experiment with

Livestock:
5 guppy fry from the one million born in my main tank last week



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