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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 08-16-2017, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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New 9 gallon Fluval Flex

Just starting up an aquarium after decades of catching fish, but not keeping them! Got a 9 gallon Fluval Flex, some Azalea Root, Dragon Stone and a small collection of plants:

Hygrophila Salicifolia Narrow Leaf
Anubias Nana
Lobelia Cardinalis
Microsorum Pteropus - Java Fern Narrow Leaf

Just completed final aquascaping and planting. Thinking of a couple of small Crypts for the front corners

Substrate is TMC Nutrasoil brown.

Tank is currently 5 days into fishless cycling.
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Looks very nice. I have a 9 gallon flex in my bedroom. I love how it all looks with the blue leds at night.
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Very nice job. What fish or shrimp will you be adding?

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I will be adding;

Ember Tetras
Otocinclus Cats
Cherry Red Shrimps
Zebra Nerite Snail

I will let my fish shop advise me on the fish numbers.

Tweaked the hardscape a bit and moved a couple of plants. At the weekend I will be getting a bag of active Bio Max media that has been cycling in a friend's tank for a month. Shouldn't be long before the inhabitants can move in.
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That will be a very pretty livestock color combo with your hardscape colors.

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That will be a very pretty livestock color combo with your hardscape colors.

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Thanks, I did just put up a photo of the changed scape but it came out rotated and I couldn't fix it!
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Slightly altered layout.
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Nice tank

First 5 gallon tank
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The Hygrophila Salicifolia was planted as a bunch and rotted away within a week! Replaced with an Anacharis Elodia and I'm going to put some Java Moss in too. Aged ceramic bio media introduced yesterday so hopefully livestock in a week.
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Personally I liked the 1st layout better. Everything was more centered around the hardscape. That's usually the way you want it. I would even push the nana into the center more.

Do yourself a favor and don't rush fish in and don't put them all in at once. Although the tank might appear "cycled" a mature tank is always better for fish. Get the final layout together and make sure the plants are growing correctly, this way you can do any tweaks without having to worry about the fish.
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Just starting up an aquarium after decades of catching fish, but not keeping them! Got a 9 gallon Fluval Flex, some Azalea Root, Dragon Stone and a small collection of plants:

Hygrophila Salicifolia Narrow Leaf
Anubias Nana
Lobelia Cardinalis
Microsorum Pteropus - Java Fern Narrow Leaf

Just completed final aquascaping and planting. Thinking of a couple of small Crypts for the front corners

Substrate is TMC Nutrasoil brown.

Tank is currently 5 days into fishless cycling.
Nice looking tank. Was planning on getting one for my son's room but some of the reviews online mention that the filter can be noisy. How is your filter running? Don't want to put something in his bedroom that's going to be irritating.
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Nice looking tank. Was planning on getting one for my son's room but some of the reviews online mention that the filter can be noisy. How is your filter running? Don't want to put something in his bedroom that's going to be irritating.
Filter is VERY quiet, I am pleased with all aspects of this tank.
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Crypt Wendtii added to foreground and all readings now good so some occupants have been added. Ember Tetras and Otocinclus and a zebra striped Nerite.
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Looks good so far. I always struggle to find nice pieces of wood locally that fit smaller tanks.

How do you like the lighting on the Flex so far? I saw one set up in one of the LFS and liked the look of the tank.
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Looks good so far. I always struggle to find nice pieces of wood locally that fit smaller tanks.

How do you like the lighting on the Flex so far? I saw one set up in one of the LFS and liked the look of the tank.
That is Azalea Root, it furred up for a while but it soon cleared up and the fish picked it clean when they were introduced.

I'm not an expert but I think the light is adequate, the Anacharis Elodia was introduced as a bunch, rather than rooted, and it's thriving. The Java Fern and Anubias are also growing. The Begonia at the right rear seems a little moth-eaten and I think it's on the way out. If it goes I won't replace it as the Elodia is vigorous enough for that quarter of the tank.

The 15 gallon version of this tank gives you more scope than my 9 gallon. All aspects of this tank are well thought-out.
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