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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-10-2016, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Planted Nano.. On the go..

Hello everyone.
I just want to share my first tank and how the things are going.. It's a 5.5 gallon..

Now that I know a little bit more about having a tank. I realized that I acted like crazy buying things that I didn't understand. Like the tank it self to begin with

But patience pays.. I've never had any type of problems with my tank. Nothing like algae issues, ammonia or any types of troubles being very honest with you.
I did the right steps I guess, and I dont know how

I just wanted lots of plants in it.. And by reading, looking videos and that I was escaping my tank on the fly..

This is the present. 7 months have passed since I bought the tank in petsmart.



It's a little bit messy I know.. Specially in the right side with the Blixia the Hydrocotyle and the Pogostemon... But like from the beginning, I'm escaping on the go..

I'm working to arrange more diagonally those Reineckiis but I have to move that Erio and they're so fragile



This is how everything started knowing anything at all



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I accept any comments, questions or possible improvement ideas (please).

I did many things wrong.. "wrong" concerning for a such a small tank... You have to adapt everything with a tank like this..
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Omg, it's come such a long way... It's gorgeous! I can't give you any tips because I've never had such a lovely tank myself, lol. Congratulations, though!
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Thank you... I can share anything regarding this tank. There's more then 13 types of plants in there ..
And I'm planning to add a couple more..


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What species of fish/invertebrates do you have in there?
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I have Red Cherry, Red Rili and just one Amano shrimp..
There's only One Endler. 4 ember tetras, 3 Pearl Danio and One Siamese AE..
I have One Scarlet Badis (doing excellent. I don't give any special food for him)
And 2 assassin snails..


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My girlfriend wanted the Endler


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What light are you using on this tank?
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What light are you using on this tank?


I'm using the 16" Finnex Planted Plus..
It powers anything on this tank

The only thing (which is not a bad thing) is that the red LED gives the tank a warm look. I would prefer having a "cold-blue" tone. It makes a better contrast in colors..


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Original and current pictures look like a completely different tank. Very nice plant growth.

What type of filtration are you using?

Are you using C02 or dosing any ferts?
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Very impressive transformation!
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Original and current pictures look like a completely different tank. Very nice plant growth.



What type of filtration are you using?



Are you using C02 or dosing any ferts?


I'm now using a Finnex 360 XP canister (something like that). Is a very small canister filter. Is made for a 10 gallon tank.. But I'm tempting to get something bigger so I can expand the filter maintenance for much longer..

For fertilization I use Flourish (1 -1.5 ml. Every other day) I believe it has everything the plants need... And I use Exel when I remember to.
For the CO2 I'm using an inline diffuser with a paint ball tank running with 2 BPS..

What's your opinion on putting a much bigger canister in such a small tank??




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Very impressive transformation!


Thank You So Much.!!


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I'm now using a Finnex 360 XP canister (something like that). Is a very small canister filter. Is made for a 10 gallon tank.. But I'm tempting to get something bigger so I can expand the filter maintenance for much longer..

For fertilization I use Flourish (1 -1.5 ml. Every other day) I believe it has everything the plants need... And I use Exel when I remember to.
For the CO2 I'm using an inline diffuser with a paint ball tank running with 2 BPS..

What's your opinion on putting a much bigger canister in such a small tank??




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I would say as long as the tank/inhabitants can handle the flow, why not? How big were you thinking?
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Love the tank.


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For fertilization I use Flourish (1 -1.5 ml. Every other day) I believe it has everything the plants need... And I use Exel when I remember to.
Flourish comprehensive doesn't quite provide everything. It only gives decent amounts of micro nutrients, your plants are probably getting macros from fish waste and the substrate. In future high-tech setups, look at dosing macros as well as micros (like your Flourish comprehensive).
Also, Excel is somewhat redundant in high-tech tanks, so I wouldn't worry too much about dosing it.
Tank is beautiful by the way, it shows that you've learnt a lot from it and reacted to issues that arised well. It has come a long way from when it started.
EDIT: Also for future reference. I wouldn't keep SAEs in a tank this small and they should be in groups. Also, the Ember Tetras and CPDs should also be in larger groups (6 minimum) but it's a bit hard to accomodate that now, I wouldn't increase your stocking any further. If you ever consider upgrading your tank first thing I would do is get more of those dudes.


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