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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-08-2016, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Paasenger's Topfin 5 High/ish Tech

Howdy all. Figured I'd start a online log for my first real planted tank.


Rundown:
-Top Fin 5 gallon integrated
-Dirt with gravel cap
-Pressurized co2 with Aquatek premium regulator
-Finnex 12" Planted Plus and Finnex Stingray clip light



The tank has made several transformations throughout the past 10 months due to my lazy/half-jacked attempts.



It hit all my needs perfectly. I wanted it to sit on my dresser, beside my television. Fit like a glove.

Initially I tried the dry start method with dwarf baby tears. Tank was dirted and capped with play sand.



Things went well at first, then it started dying in mass clumps daily.



Finally I got frustrated, ripped it all out, tossed in a few fish with just the rock hardscape and left it alone.

Two or three months went by, and I decided to tackle it again. This happened.



I was pleased, things grew fine, but I still wasn't happy. I planted some s.repens as a carpet plant, and shortly after I got hit hard with cyano bacteria. I let it ride out for a few weeks.

Fast forward to now. I decided if I'm doing it, I'm doing it 110%, not half jacked like I've been doing for almost a year.



Caleb, aka IAmACoolGuy hooked me up on his old pressurized co2 setup. I'm awaiting arrival of a Finnex light which should be here tomorrow. I changed substrate, rescaped, and replanted the tank last night.
Here's the tank now.








Still needs a few plants obviously. Heres what we have so far, and what I'm thinking of adding.




I will likely tear the vals out, as I'm not sure I'll like them in the end. Recommendations for stem plants?


If you've read this all, I am looking for comments, suggestions and criticism please. Let's hear it folks!

Jesse

Bump: The tank was planted with the Monte Carlo and everything on September 19. This photo was taken October 4. 15 short days and I've got crazy growth from the MC!

I removed the vals, and tossed in some rotala rotundifolia and cabomba to help take up some empty space for now.

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How is that light working out for you? I've been looking for a good nano light.
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I run both the Stingray clip-on, and the 12" Planted Plus. They both work well with the short tank height.

Here's an updated shot after I redone the hard scape completely.


Carpet after 27 days


Pretty pleased with how every thing is growing. Still at a loss for what to do with background plants. Rotala rotundifolia and cabomba back there hanging out for now. Still trying to decide on ferts. Dry dosing EI or NilocG's Thrive+
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I run both the Stingray clip-on, and the 12" Planted Plus. They both work well with the short tank height.

Here's an updated shot after I redone the hard scape completely.


Carpet after 27 days


Pretty pleased with how every thing is growing. Still at a loss for what to do with background plants. Rotala rotundifolia and cabomba back there hanging out for now. Still trying to decide on ferts. Dry dosing EI or NilocG's Thrive+
nice growth on the monte carlo. its getting crazy.

i would suggest smaller plants in the back since this is on a nano tank scale.
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I agree completely, but I'm not exactly sure of what those plants are This is my first planted tank. Is limnophilia aromatica mini one of those? Someone suggested it
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