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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-10-2017, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Planted 25 liter (6,62 gallon) small tank

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As a newbie at this great forum I'd like to ask you about your opinion about my new nano tank.

The main assumption I had about the tank was simplicity in setup and maintance. As a conclusion I've chosen simple to keep plants without the need of adding carbon in co2 gas form. Carbon is added only as a liquid organic form. Also the light level isn't very strong.

Technical details:

tank - 40 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm with standard plastic cover
lighting - 12 W, 650 lumen, 6500 K energy saving bulb
filtration - cheap chinese cascade filled with ceramic medium and a sponge mounted at the inflow pipe

Plants:

- Cryptocoryne wendti green
- Eleocharis parvula
- Hemianthus micranthemoides
- Egeria densa
- Java moss

Fertilizers:

- Liquid carbon (Aqua Art Carbo) 2 ml / day
- Potassium (Aqua Art K+) 3 ml / 10 liters of changed water
- Micro compounds (Aqua Art Classic) 1.25 ml / 7.5 liters of changed water
- Macro compounds (Aqua Art Macro Green) not now
- Clay and peat balls in the gravel under Cryptocoryne and Eleocharis

Animals (planned)

- some red cherry shrimps
- 6 males of Endler guppys

I'm posting some photos of my simple hardscape, planting the plants and a picture of the running tank.

Each opinion is welcome.

More info about the fertilizers I'm using: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh....php?t=1177409

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I don't think the eleocharis parvula will spread nicely w/o co2 and high light. Not sure if that is the plan to get a carpet?

Beside that I like the path you made with the tiles.

I had a similar tank and was blasting 1200 lumens on my eleocharis acicularis mini. But if you don't use pressurized co2 you can beter keep it lower light I guess.

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I've seen tanks with lower light and no co2 dosage where parvula created nice carpets. The absolute minimum for this plant is 0.3 W / liter of fluorescent light. I've got 0.6 W / liter and hope parvula will create a nice carpet. The only thing you have to do with this plant is to trim it regularly, trimming encourages it to produce new stems with leaves. Fertilizing with liquid carbon also helps this plant to grow nicely.

Parvula is also the easiest Eleocharis to keep, other ones demand a lot more light.

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It's time for a little update. I've decided to get rid of Egeria densa because it was growing far too fast, now I've got Pogostemon octopus. All the plants are growing nicely, especially crypts and Hemianthus. The tank is cycled so I've put 5 red cherry schrimps and 2 Anentome helena snails.

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Update - 16.9.2017

There is time for another update.

Plants got bigger Pistia is a new plant. A small group of newborn Endler Guppys moved in. I'll keep only the males, but I have to wait with the selection until they get more mature. Also a neocardina shrimp group found a home in my tank.

New light also came. I made a DIY led lamp from standard led stripes. It works far better than the old fluorescent bulb, I see that the Hemianthus grows better and stays in better condition. Now the light parameters are: 6500 K, 860 lm.
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very cool tank - great job!
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very cool tank - great job!
Thank you for your kind compliment. But I think it could be a lot better. I'm thinking about channging Hemianthus to Hydrocotyle "Japan" because of the light. Hemianthus is all nicely light green and after growing higher than 10 cm, the lower leaves are getting very dark green.

I do not want to give this tank stronger light (because I don't want to use a co2 system). That is why I'm thinking about changing from Hemianthus to Hydrocotyle "Japan".

What do you think about it?
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Now it's time for a little update.



Hemianthus got better when I decided to slightly increase micro fertilizer. The major change is getting all the Parvula out, it was alive and growing, but I'd have to wait morę than 6 months for a nice carpet. That is why I decided to use marimo balls istead, still waiting for their arrival.
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Shrimps during feeding time

I'm posting a short movie from shrimps feeding time.

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Beautiful tank! Congratulations!

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Beautiful tank! Congratulations!
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Short tank video

I'm also posting a short video of the whole tank.

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It's time for an updated. I decided to get rid of Hemianthus and spread Pogostemon.

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Looks good dude, plants look healthy
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Looks good dude, plants look healthy
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