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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Planted Low-Tech 5 gallon Chi

Hi everyone! This is my first post about the 5 gallon Planted Nano Tank I just started. This tank is going to be low-tech. I'm hoping that some of you more experienced Nano enthusiasts can give me some advice and guidance. So here it is:


Tank: 5 Gallon Fluval Chi
Filter: Aquaclear 20 HOB
Heater: Marina 25 Watt
Substrate: Regular, somewhat coarse, aquarium sand; supplemented with Flourish Root Tabs
Lighting: Small aquarium hood with 13w, 6500K CFL bulb. The hood is set on top of a thin glass cover. Doesn't seem to be affecting the temperature of the tank.
Plants: Java Fern, Moss Ball, Anubis, and a Mini Sword Plant I can't remember the exact name of.
Inhabitants: Currently none. Planning on maybe some micro rasboras, or a Betta. Possibly shrimp...


So this is what I have. I know the substrate and lighting are both something to be desired but its what I have at the moment. Didn't want to wait 3+ weeks for substrate and a new fixture. Not to mention the cost of some fixtures. I've attached some pictures, please tell me what you think or toss out some suggestions. Especially for lighting.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 05:54 PM
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With those plants, you don't need super duper light. 13w is plenty. If you have any algae issues, you might want to add some excel.

It looks like you buried the rhizomes of the java fern and anubias. If you leave them like that, they'll rot. Just gently pull them up by the leaves and wiggle them a bit so the rhizome comes out but the roots stay down.

And remember, if your primary source of ferts is root tabs, you'll need to keep the plants rooted in the sand, not tied to the driftwood.

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Looking nice and clean Think black sand would have looked ace!
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Thanks! I didn't know I had to keep Java Fern up out of the sand. I also add Flourish liquid to the tank, will that be enough to keep my Anubis tied to the drift wood? The two small plants in either corner are some kind of small sword plant, so I was told anyway.
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