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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Another 5G low tech betta tank :)

This is my first tank in several years. I used to have a 10 gallon low tech betta tank. The most I ever did was tie some java moss to drift wood, so I'm quite excited to delve a little more in the world of planted tanks.

Specs:
-The tank is a Marineland portrait 5 gallon
-Filter is stock with a couple modifications
-Aqueon pro 50W heater
-Aqua soil amazonia, splurged on the powder type
-Wavepoint 12" LED

Plants:
1. flame moss
2. vallisneria nana
3. lilaeopsis mauritiana
4. anubias nana petite
5. cryptocoryne wendtii red
6. cryptocoryne undulata (I think)
7. cryptocoryne parva

Plans for livestock:
1.one male betta
2. one nerite snail
3. a couple of amano shrimp
4. possibly a variety of other shrimp


Day 1:
Whew! This tank is harder to work with than it looks! I'd be a little surprised if no more than a couple plants die, I think I really mangled some of the anubias and vals.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Still a lot of work to do. Need some more plants for the back left corner. Flame moss didn't exactly turn out as I imagined. Hopefully it'll get more of that nice vertical look as it grows out. ATM it just looks kinda unruly.

Really liking the cryptocoryne parva, not too sure about the larger cryptocoryne wendtii.

Ammonia is reading 2ppm right after filling.

Bump: Day 2

Water is clearing up. Ammonia was reading 8ppm! Did a water change and brought it down to 2ppm. Thinking about filling the background with more vals. Feedback is appreciated!

Bump: Here's another day 2 pic, the last one looks a little funky.
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This looks amazing so far! That driftwood is super nice. Once that flame moss grows in it will have a lovely tree effect. I agree in more plants in the back left corner. It's going to grow in nicely.

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This looks amazing so far! That driftwood is super nice. Once that flame moss grows in it will have a lovely tree effect. I agree in more plants in the back left corner. It's going to grow in nicely.

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Thank you! It's actually two different pieces pushed together. I ended up smashing some of my anubias as I was trying to fit them in.
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Thank you! It's actually two different pieces pushed together. I ended up smashing some of my anubias as I was trying to fit them in.
I'm sure your anubias will recover. If the rhyzome is intact, it will grow new leaves. They are really tough little plants.


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Ammonia was reading 4ppm, so I did a water change. Some leaves on my crypt parvas seem to be melting . An anubias got detached from the driftwood, was a pain to reattach it. Water is cloudy again since I was fiddling around with things, maybe a little too much.
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Ammonia was reading 4ppm, so I did a water change. Some leaves on my crypt parvas seem to be melting . An anubias got detached from the driftwood, was a pain to reattach it. Water is cloudy again since I was fiddling around with things, maybe a little too much.
Crypt melt is normal and nothing to worry about. They will recover.

Keep up doing daily water changes for a full week, then switch to every other day for a week.

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Crypt melt is normal and nothing to worry about. They will recover.

Keep up doing daily water changes for a full week, then switch to every other day for a week.

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Will do. I'm just afraid they'll all melt and I'll have a barren tank for a while. I noticed some of the roots were a little squishy when I did a bit of moving around, is that ok too?
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Will do. I'm just afraid they'll all melt and I'll have a barren tank for a while. I noticed some of the roots were a little squishy when I did a bit of moving around, is that ok too?
I mangled up crypts really bad while planting amd they are recovering. So long as there is some viable root system they seem to come back. I've had crypts in the past that dropped every single leaf and within a week were looking like plants again.

The trick is to try and enjoy a barren tank, because that means you get to keep filling it in and watching it grow!

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Good news: nitrites are reading between 0.25ppm and 0.5ppm! There's a cloudy film on the surface, I'm guessing that's from the bacteria bloom. Crypts seem to be melting a lot. Wasn't really feeling the crypt. wendtii so I moved it into a fish bowl that I started (journal for that coming soon!). Replaced it with some blyxa japonica that I got from a forum member . Really going to try to not mess with things anymore until the cycle finishes.
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update: there are pond snails in the tank!! looks like a bunch of baby ones that hatched and one big one that somehow made it in. Should I leave them be or try to get rid of them?
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update: there are pond snails in the tank!! looks like a bunch of baby ones that hatched and one big one that somehow made it in. Should I leave them be or try to get rid of them?
Up to you. They are hard to eliminate entirely, basically that's just impossible without assassin snails or puffers. If you want to remove them as you find them you can, but you can use it as a gage if you are overfeeding. I have them in mine and they don't seem to be populating heavily. I sort of like them, personally.


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Up to you. They are hard to eliminate entirely, basically that's just impossible without assassin snails or puffers. If you want to remove them as you find them you can, but you can use it as a gage if you are overfeeding. I have them in mine and they don't seem to be populating heavily. I sort of like them, personally.
They seem to be eating the melting crypt leaves, I'm wondering if that's enough food to start a population boom. It's funny that they can survive even though the tank is still cycling.
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