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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-02-2016, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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6 gallon Bookshelf

Decided on a bit of a whim to get back at this after a 10 year vacation from having to take care of any fishtanks. I ran a couple fish stores for the better part of 13 years a long time ago and was just over it. After some initial settling in with the wood going all crazy with bacterial growth things have started to settle in nicely. Just hit the 30 day mark today. Thought I would post a little before and after of day 1 to day 30. The monte-carlo had a bit of a melt down early on but is starting to come back nicely. The spiralis has been doing exceptionally well with the exception of the left most corner. Crypt melt likely, could be too much flow when they first went in, it got a little beat up. Christmas moss is going kinda nuts.


PetCo 6 gallon bookshelf
Finnex 24/7 running 8 hours at max (4 in morning 4 in the evening)
Seachem Humate substrate

Greenleaf EI fertilizer dosing when I'm home. I travel for work so I dose heave before I leave and WC when I get home.
Paintball C02 system on the cheap

1 betta
6 Pearl Danio
Some cherry shrimp.
A couple of Ottos

Micranthemum monte-carlo
Crypt. Spiralis
Christmas moss

It's been a fun trip getting back into all of this. Obviously the Betta likes hanging out over there.
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Looking good! And yeah I bet the betta is happy in there, haha. Gotta trim that christmas moss though... Welcome back to the planted tanks. I too had lost the vibe for a bit. I had tanks up until about 3 or 4 months ago now, but had honestly lost some interest before then. Though my break was much shorter than yours, it's reinspired me a bit to pick it up again.

Anyway, you're definitely off to a good start getting back into the hobby.

Old tanks, all torn down:
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Hope to get a new tank (or two) up soon...
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Does Petco still sell that aquarium? I've been looking for a decent little rimless that has clear silicone.
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They do still sell it as far as I know.

It's a 24" acrylic bowfront. It has a black rim that comes with it, I ran it for a while but popped it off a few weeks ago, it just looks cleaner. If I remember correctly the "kit" with light and filter ran like 60 bucks. They're really rad little tanks.
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Welcome back. You will love the hobby more now that it is for your own fun instead of got work.

I love the tank. Pretty Betta too.
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Does Petco still sell that aquarium? I've been looking for a decent little rimless that has clear silicone.

I just saw them, they are labeled something different now though. When I saw it it was packaged as the "Livingston." It seems like a great tank, but cheap acrylic that will scratch really easy. I almost got one except for that reason.


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They definitely scratch easy. With the exception of one little spot in the right corner I'm getting nearly no algae at all. An easy scrub down with a Viva paper towel takes care of it without too much fuss.
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Took another shot today of the growth. First planted on September 23rd.
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Beautiful! I love the growth it's seeing with those crypts. I'd get to trimming that moss down a bit. I'm thinking about picking up this tank, so it's nice to see how professional it can look for such an affordable tank.


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Figured I would update. Not the best picture in the world but I've let the tank change directions. The spiralis got a bit out of hand and as expected the moss went haywire. I've been working on getting each of those out, both are prooving difficult. Working on getting the rotala to grow. I believe it's rotala anyway, it was a single red sprig floating in a tank at the LFS. It's doing pretty well. The Monte Carlo just got a massive haircut so it's a little yellow in the picture.

Dosing remains the same and I'm still using the 24/7 setting on the finnex.
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