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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-11-2015, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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120 gallon Nano Paradise - Now a Riparium jungle! *UPDATE*

Good afternoon all!

It's been a while since I updated anything with my tanks. I had a 92g Corner tank and a 29g tank - but when I overreacted and sold the 92g - I decided MTS was too much - and simplified into 1 aquarium.

I got an awesome deal on a 120g from the LFS. and started working on combining the tanks.




Here is in the initial layout. I really enjoyed it, but began to get stressed out by the Congo Tetras constantly fighting. Thinking they simply needed more space, I traded in the 12 Diamond Tetras to give the Congos more room.....no luck. Despite having a large group, and in my eyes - plenty of room - the males continued to battle it out.






After weeks of debating on what to do.....I decided to go with a tank full of Nanofish. While some might view this as a waste....I have always had a thing for micros.

Current Stocklist (Updated 2/29):
35 Emerald Dwarf Rasboras
16 Celestial Pearl Danios
15 Ember Tetras
18 Glowlight Danios
12 Scarlet Badis (9 Male AND 3 female!)
4 Asian Stone Catfish
1 Dwarf Gourami
a LOT of Red Cherry Shrimp
2-3 Amano Shrimp
Quite a few Assassin Snails
8 Neirite Snails






thanks for looking!
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- Praecox Dwarf Rainbowfish, Glowlight Danio, Rummynose Tetra, Leopard Danio, Ember Tetra, Scarlet Badis, Anchor Catfish, Red Cherry Shrimp, Assassin Snail, Neirite Snail
-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-11-2015, 07:51 PM
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I love 120's.... such great geometry for Scape'ing

Nanos... you're gonna find yourself adding nanos and adding and adding nanos until they are clouds in that tank.

And that is a very, very good thing.

I had two 90's and a 65 rolling in my quiver all at once. I ended up having zillions. The 65 ended up just being my cory tank...

I have a cory problem. I loves them way too much. Lil Super Mario looking freaks.



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That's unfortunate about the Congo's. How many did you have? I have 7 and they are a joy to watch. They play tag in the morning, but no one is ever singled out. It almost looks like a relay race. Sometimes they will plow into the Bloodfin Tetras and scare them making them school up and swim across the tank in a tight school. I absolutely love mine.
That being said I'd at least double the size of those schools. I know neons and glow light tetras aren't the best schooling fish, but 20-25 of each along with 20-25 Rummynose or my favorite Bloodfins would really look cool.
I also like the scape of your tank. Very jungle looking but it still has a lot of open area for them to group in.
Perhaps that was an issue with the Congos. My tank has several very large pieces of driftwood that extend out of the water. There are huge line of sight breaks.

That tank really tied the room together
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I had a group of 8, 5 males and 3 females. The two biggest males constantly fought. I tried splitting the sight lines as well - but then they would run into it :/

Definitely agree on stocking numbers - there are more of each group coming

It will predominantly be Dwarf Emerald and Celestial Pearls, but plan to have schools of all kinds of nano fish!

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Will be adding more tonight - it was tough to get a good picture yesterday. The Finnex Planted+ 24/7 is amazing though - I am really excited for this fixture

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- Praecox Dwarf Rainbowfish, Glowlight Danio, Rummynose Tetra, Leopard Danio, Ember Tetra, Scarlet Badis, Anchor Catfish, Red Cherry Shrimp, Assassin Snail, Neirite Snail
-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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Good looking tank! What equipment are you running?
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thanks!

Equipment:
- Eheim 2075 Filter
- GLA inline co2
- Cascade 1000 Filter
- Hydor 300w inline (additional heater required during cold months)
- Aquaclear 110
Aquatek Paintball co2 w/ 24ounce co2

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Finnex 24/7 - 48"
Finnex Planted+ 24"
Current USA Sat+ 24"

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Miracle Gro Organic Potting mix, Black Diamond Blasting Sand cap

-120g-
- Praecox Dwarf Rainbowfish, Glowlight Danio, Rummynose Tetra, Leopard Danio, Ember Tetra, Scarlet Badis, Anchor Catfish, Red Cherry Shrimp, Assassin Snail, Neirite Snail
-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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Curious, how long does a 24oz bottle last you?


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quite a while - probably 2-3 months.

I have a spare 24 ounce, as well as a couple of 12s from my paintball days that I keep as backup.


I plan to eventually upgrade the co2 system - as I'm not super happy with the quality of the Aquatek - but it works for now.

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-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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Awesome tank, and I love your choice for stocking!

Quick question - what temp do you keep it at?
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Awesome tank, and I love your choice for stocking!

Quick question - what temp do you keep it at?

It hovers around 74.7.



Added 5 more Scarlet Badis today. once they grow a little bit I will update the pics.

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-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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Nice tank. I like the diversity of fish. I too went with doing a micro community tank rather than larger fish.
Look into Psuedomugil rainbowfish species (Gertrudae Aru 2 or Aru 4, Paskai, etc.), even threadfin rainbows, small fish and are shrimp safe to the best of my knowledge (I've seen them kept in shrimp tanks). Colorful, very nice fins and definitely fun to watch them display at each other. Espei rasbora are another beautiful little fish.
Get some more bottom dwellers as well, maybe dwarf corydoras species (Corydoras pygmaeus, habrosus, hastatus)

Would be even nicer if you could get a picture that would do the tank justice (can tell pic quality is not so great, can't really see much of the small fish in the pic, and glass does look a bit dirty). Not bashing, I just know the tank look much better than the pic shows.

Has the gourami ate any shrimp? Aren't Badis a little mean to other fish even though they might be smaller (I know there is a reason I decided to not keep them, but can't remember what it was)?

I like that you are trying to grow plants above water too, just to give it that extra touch.
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Nice tank. I like the diversity of fish. I too went with doing a micro community tank rather than larger fish.
Look into Psuedomugil rainbowfish species (Gertrudae Aru 2 or Aru 4, Paskai, etc.), even threadfin rainbows, small fish and are shrimp safe to the best of my knowledge (I've seen them kept in shrimp tanks). Colorful, very nice fins and definitely fun to watch them display at each other. Espei rasbora are another beautiful little fish.
Get some more bottom dwellers as well, maybe dwarf corydoras species (Corydoras pygmaeus, habrosus, hastatus)

Would be even nicer if you could get a picture that would do the tank justice (can tell pic quality is not so great, can't really see much of the small fish in the pic, and glass does look a bit dirty). Not bashing, I just know the tank look much better than the pic shows.

Has the gourami ate any shrimp? Aren't Badis a little mean to other fish even though they might be smaller (I know there is a reason I decided to not keep them, but can't remember what it was)?

I like that you are trying to grow plants above water too, just to give it that extra touch.

No offense taken at all. The pics are definitely not the best quality - definitely need to get some better ones up.


The gouramis are pretty well fed, and tend to ignore the shrimp. Though i'm sure i've lost a few here and there - it's impossible to know how many I have since they're constantly breeding.

The Badis are a litttle territorial - but each has enough room to carve out his own little territory (typically a section of branch, or section of moss)


dwarf corys are a GREAT idea! I hardly ever see the Asian Stone Catfish unless I am up late at night when the nights go dim, I'll have to check into the compatibility of them first though.

I will also look into the rainbowfish, haven't heard of that species before.

thanks for the comments! definitely appreciated!

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-20G L -
- Celestial Pearl Danio, Dwarf Emerald Rasbora
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3 months on 24oz?!?!? On a 120?? Man what's your secret. I can EASILY blast through a 10# tank in 6 months on my 75 gallon.


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quite a while - probably 2-3 months.

I have a spare 24 ounce, as well as a couple of 12s from my paintball days that I keep as backup.


I plan to eventually upgrade the co2 system - as I'm not super happy with the quality of the Aquatek - but it works for now.
What's the problem with the quality of your Aquatek regulator?

What bothers you about it? Curious because I have two of three 24 ounce containers somewhere from my woods ball days, and an $80 regulator is all that I would need.
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