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Okay I have recently bought obtained a fluval flora and I set it up on and planted it November 9, 2014. I am running two fluval mini compact florescent lights. One on for 5 hours and both on together for 1 hour a day for 6 total hours of lighting. I have the fluval 88g co2 system running for about 3 hours a day. For filtration I am using the fluval internal nano aquarium filter that is rated for up to 15 gallons.

The substrate is fluval stratum and sand I collected myself from a beach. I thoroughly wash it and made sure it was tank safe. Today i just added 4 fluval root tabs under the crypts, swords, sag and baby tears.

Plants i have chosen are rotala rotundifolia, vesuvius swords, anubius nana, dwarf sag, star grass, ludwigia repens, baby tears, and ammania gracilis.

Right now all the plants are doing great except for the ludwigia repens. If it doesnt work out i will just fill the area in with stargrass which is growing quickly or fill it in with rotala.

Hard scape material i am using are fake molded rocks from universal rock and a piece of Malaysian driftwood.

Stocking- Neocardina shrimp.

without further ado pictures!
these picture of the 1st day after planting and clearing up the tank






theses pictures are from day 12











criticisms and and other talks are appreciated!

thanks for looking and lets talk!
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Nice.
Any planaria problems so far? I Don't want to jinx anything if not, lol.

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Any planaria problems so far? I Don't want to jinx anything if not, lol.
non yet. most of the plants in this tank were taken from a 10 gallon and it had planaria for days in it. that being said, I wouldnt be surprised to get an infestation. I dont mind them too bad but they are kind of gross lol
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That tall plant on the left. Which one is it? Does it have medium to slow growth?


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That tall plant on the left. Which one is it? Does it have medium to slow growth?
it is rotala rotundifolia. it grows at a medium to high rate. it is one of the easier stem plants to grow in my opinion.
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Looks good to me, especially the view from the right side.


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Looks good to me, especially the view from the right side.
thank you i really like that view the best too =)
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Wow!!! I love the look it! you did a great job on this tank, by the way, do you mind going back to that beach and snatch some sand for me XD haha!!!
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Wow!!! I love the look it! you did a great job on this tank, by the way, do you mind going back to that beach and snatch some sand for me XD haha!!!
Haha I would love to! I got it from fort myers beach in Florida a few months ago. I wanted to make the tank more meaningful and personalized.
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Day 20 and everything is growing good except for the ludwigia. Currently I have 4 shrimp in the tank. I foind one dead today because I accidentally turned the co2 up to high .
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day 22-23

Last night i preformed my first water change on this tank. i did a 3 gallon change which is about about a 40% water change. This morning i found my shrimp much more active and some awesome plant growth.








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Nice tank, not a fan of internal filters but great job just the same
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Wow, a very beautiful tank indeed! Keep up the great work! I'm defeniatley thinking of buying one of these Fluval Floras for a planted nano. I'm just not to sure if the light will be high enough for medium light plant growth, if you know what I mean
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Wow, a very beautiful tank indeed! Keep up the great work! I'm defeniatley thinking of buying one of these Fluval Floras for a planted nano. I'm just not to sure if the light will be high enough for medium light plant growth, if you know what I mean
Haha if you get another light like I did you can grow all kinds of plants! Lol thanks for the kind words everyone. . I'm not a fan of internal filters either but its what came with it so I'm just rolling with it.
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