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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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3 months ago, I was running this 17 gallon which started with only driftwood and pool filter sand. I found that my fish did not feel that was adequate and were not active as a result. It led me to create this low tech set up with java fern, bolbitis, anubias petite nana, crypt wendtii red, and a few val leopard. I dosed only excel, flourish, micro macro mix, and some osmocote root tabs when I had time.

I kept some rummy nose tetra, cory sterbai and similis, and dwarf chain loaches at the time.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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I got bored of that setup because the growth was slow other than the java fern showing new plants. Fast forward to today. It's completely different now. Changed filters outflow and inflow, plants, livestocks, and substate as you can see below. So here is my current setup

equipment
-eheim jager 50w
-current satellite led
-shiruba filter with glass surface skimmer inflow and glass outflow
-paintball co2 system

fauna/invert
-15 ember tetra
-1 dumbo hmpk betta
-3 cory similis (need to rehome)
-5 cory habrosus
-5 nerite snails

plants
-monte carlo
- java fern
-anubias nana
-pogostemom helferi
-alternanthera reineckii mini
-micranthemum micranthemoides
-vallisnera leopard
-limnophila hippuridiodes
-rotala wallichii

Photo period 7.5 hr. I dose micro macro mix 3x a week and flourish 3x a week. Also excel. Water change on sundays

hoping things will start to fill in soon
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Looks great, keen to see how it goes
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 01:19 AM
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looking pretty good cant wait to see future updates
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I like the way you setup your driftwood.

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Looks great, keen to see how it goes
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looking pretty good cant wait to see future updates
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I like the way you setup your driftwood.
Thank you all, I've played with the set up a lot.

Update: Some plants are doing well and some not.

1. Rotalas have new plants and i trimmed it down a bit since they have reached the top and i replanted the tops.
2. Monte carlo are covering more ground but still need more time.
3. Downoi have anchored and doing a lot better, although i think i need stronger lights (little "stemmy" as seen in one of the pic)
4. Vals growing tall! but not at random lengths.

im having issues with are the AR Mini, some leaves are browning and melting with holes. and hemianthus micranthemoides growth have slowed significantly. I think its because of the driftwood I placed in front, it may be blocking too much light

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2 month update. So a lot has gone wrong. I neglected the tank, neglected water changes and light schedule and dosing. Had a big algae bloom of brown fuzz and bba. you can still see some algae on the rotala wallichii. unwanted snails. Monte carlo melted in patches and stem plants got "stemmy". I removed a lot of the loose algae by hand and hit the remaining with h202 and lots of water change. finally got to doing more about 25% every 3 days so its looking a lot better. Ive reduced the light period to stop algae growth and feeding less so there isnt as much uneaten food, if any.

the good news is that it the existing algae isnt spreading anymore. I added some new plants that seem to be doing well and seeing new stems pop up. and the vals have reached the top of tank giving me the overgrown look i wanted.

ALSO is it normal that one of my Ember is fading white? See pic
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I'm not usually a betta person, but that one looks so amazing. It's like he's trailing long frilly sleeves.
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I'm not usually a betta person, but that one looks so amazing. It's like he's trailing long frilly sleeves.
Sadly, he didn't make it and the tank just seems so boring without him Had him for only a month in a half. it was one of those freak accident you wouldn't think it would happen. I had a glass surface skimmer and the skimmer dropped below the water level and became a underwater suction. He got too close and got sucked in
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sorry about the Betta. The tank looks great even without considering what it just went through.

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need more plants


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