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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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5.5 gallon first ever planted tank!!

Heres my first ever planted tank I ever set-up! Running DIY CO2 with cheap LED lights from china. MY goal was to make the cheapest 'high-tech' tank I could. Just 2 root tabs, dosing Seachem flourish comprehensive 3 times a week but (1/2) the recommended dose. Ran into algae my first month, mostly thread algae underneath my Glosso. Also getting some green spot algae on the glass but I wipe it down every week when I do a WC.


(8/30/2016)
-Very first day of setup
-2 pots of Glosso
-Ryuoh stone i believe



(9/10/2016)
-Added Amazon swords till they out grew the tank (about 1 week) =[



(10/15/2016)
-Crypt Parva was added
-Took out 2 stones for more plant room


(10/21/2016)
-Took out some Crypt Parva and moved to my nursery tank
-Gave some Alternanthera Reineckii to a friend who started getting into the hobby.
-Glosso Carpet is looking very nice and plan to make the entire bottom a sea of green.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 08:10 AM
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Looking great! I love the idea of restricting yourself with a budget. It forces a lot of creativity and experimentation, that can have spectacular results.

My only critique is adding another stone. I'm no aquascape expert, but I know iwagumi relies on odd numbers, and it is generally more pleasing to the human eye to have odd numbers. Even just a small stone that does not take up much floor space but lets your gaze flow through the scene more naturally.
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Here are some more pictures. Got a side view and a close up of my Cherry Shrimp




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Looking great! I love the idea of restricting yourself with a budget. It forces a lot of creativity and experimentation, that can have spectacular results.

My only critique is adding another stone. I'm no aquascape expert, but I know iwagumi relies on odd numbers, and it is generally more pleasing to the human eye to have odd numbers. Even just a small stone that does not take up much floor space but lets your gaze flow through the scene more naturally.
Yeah I'm probably going to head back to the LFS a small stone to fill in the gaps. Going to take out the stem plants soon and go completely foreground plants with just crypt parva, glosso and S. Repens
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Nice tank! The glosso is filling in well. What's the brand/model of the light you got?
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Nice tank! The glosso is filling in well. What's the brand/model of the light you got?
Its by Nicrew! Got it off Amazon for $20 although it was the smallest size. Most bang for my buck I've ever got off cheap led lighting.
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looks really good, man. can't wait to see that glosso fill in.

definitely needs a third stone somewhere. also i think that blyxa japonica would look nice in between the two stones, with a tall stone behind it
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Its by Nicrew! Got it off Amazon for $20 although it was the smallest size. Most bang for my buck I've ever got off cheap led lighting.
Thanks! I'm gonna get one of those for a 5.5g tank I'm setting up soon. In addition to adding a third stone to the tank, I think a background of some sort will really make the tank pop as well as hide some of the equipment.
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