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Island Mash 29 Gallon - Re-Done!


Just finished setting everything up and got it mostly planted. Still not 100% on plant placement or if I should add/remove some more. Any advice would be really appreciated!

Plant list-Microsorum trident, anubias/anubias petite, blyxa japonica, bucephalandra, Java fern, crypt Wendtti? Fissidens, Christmas Moss, bolbitis heudelotii, Althernanthera Reineickii 'Mini, and Hydrocotyle Japan

It has a Sunsun 302 and a planted+ 24/7, with eco complete and Carib sea gold sand

Not sure what to add fish wise, I was thinking a school of some kind with otos, dwarf corys, shrimp and some other things.

I'll post some more detailed pictures tomorrow

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Well Crypt Wendtii gets too big to be on that hill. Gets about 7-8" tall and 6-7" around.
But that blyxa in the back corner needs more light than it will get there(likely) and if
you added some more sand there it would be a good place for the Wendtii. Crypt Petchii stays about 4" and would work on the hill.
The one/w the yellow trim on the leaves is a land plant. Might work in an HOB however.
Looks good even before it grows in some.
Sometimes when I set one up it just won't work that way and needs to be done over from the start. But more often it looks good till I mess/w it cause..well this little part
right here doesn't...
I'd let this one stand as is for a while and see how it works out after some growth.
I think you have a good start.

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I agree, looks great so far.
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Too much light for no co2 IMO. If your dosing excel daily that will probably work.

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Moved a few plants around, added more blyxa and Hydrocotyle. I'm going to get some more Christmas Moss and maybe mini pellia to go on the driftwood.






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Your choice of course, but at this stage of a new tank it could be to your advantage
to let things grow for a while to see which plants favor your light/fert combo that you are using in there. No guarantee all will make it.

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Too much light for no co2 IMO. If your dosing excel daily that will probably work.
The 24/7 is dimmable. At full power it's probably too much light.
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Your choice of course, but at this stage of a new tank it could be to your advantage
to let things grow for a while to see which plants favor your light/fert combo that you are using in there. No guarantee all will make it.
Yea I'm going to let it grow out now and see how things go, thanks for the advice!
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Nice scape!

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Wasn't feeling the other driftwood at all and decided to replace it. Still not 100% on the whole hardscape.
MAybe it just needs to grow in more and it will look better?
I feel like my plant placement might be the problem. Anyone have thoughts on that? I'm trying to go for a bit of the jungle look

Im planning on getting some pellia/riccia for the rocks and some weeping moss for the branches on the wood.
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perhaps the big java can go at the back, near the center


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Started Stocking with fish yesterday
15 ember tetras
a pair of Apisto c. double Reds
2 bumblebee gobies
6 amano shrimp
They all seem to be settling in well enough.
Still thinking about getting some bottom dwellers but I'm not quite sure what yet.

Also starting to get some algae thats appearing much faster than I'd like.
Mostly hair/thread/fuzzy. Hopefully I can get that on lock
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Looks good so far. I like the stock you picked out. I'm just now getting my low tech 29 gallon going again. I'm just running the 24/7 on the 24/7 mode and I'm getting good growth and no algae. You might want to try that for a while.

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Thanks! I have been running it on 24/7 mode so maybe ill try keeping it on the 12pm setting or somewhere around there and see if that helps
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Picture dump time. Everything is growing in, albeit slowly. Theres been a bit of improvement with the hair algae, still have some BBA on leaves.
Added a calico bristlenose from another tank.
I wish I had a decent camera, all my pictures have a terrible blue tint to them








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