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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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3.7 gallon AIO Nano Planted Tank

Hi all,

I'm getting my feet wet again after a five year absence of keeping aquatic pets. I began with goldfish purchased from a local Bait Shop when I was 8 years old. I quickly outgrew these fish and set up a 29 gallon community tank. I also kept multiple Betta tanks, and even had some success with breeding them. At the age of 14, I set up my first saltwater tank. By the age of 16 this evolved into a full fledge reef tank. I set up an 18 gallon ADA aquarium as a nano reef. I still have this tank, and will be setting it up soon as I've already caught fish fever and want to go bigger.

Enough of my past, here's the details of my current setup:

Equipment:

3.7 Gallon Imagitarium Pro AIO Nano Tank
11” x 11” x 11”

Aqua One 40 gph pump

Finnex FugeRay Planted+ LED Clip Light
5 watt

Aqueon Submersible Aquarium Heater 10 watt

Fluval Stratum Planted Aquarium Substrate

Black Sand

Seachem Flourish Root Tabs

Crushed Coral (to raise hardness)


Plants:

Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana)
Micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis)
Sword Plant (Echinodorus sp.)
Moss Ball (Chladophora aegagropila)
2 Anubias nana “petite”
Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata)
Moneywort (Bacopa monnieri)
Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)


Livestock:

1 Female Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
5 Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)
4 Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi)
2 Nerite Snails (Zebra and Tiger Neritina natalensis, N. semiconica)

The tank has been set up about a month now, and replanted several times. I'm just now happy with the way I have it planted now. I purchased the guppy to help get me through the cycle (poor practice, please don't grill me fish police). She is currently pregnant and going to a new home tomorrow before she gives birth. After I get rid of her, I plan to relocate the Amano shrimp to another tank and purchase a small group of Red Cherry Shrimp for my tank. After my sandbed matures, I plan to purchase a Dainty Corydoras (Corydoras habrosus) and this will be the end of my stocking for this tank.

I will post a more current FTS tomorrow after I do a water change.


So guys, let me know what you think! I am completely opening myself up to comments, suggestions, and critiques.
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I like it. Having a planted tank is just a series of rescapes, but minor and major. As plants grow and you learn what plants work in what area it will continue to evolve.
If I were to make one suggestion... get into C02. Whether DIY C02 with yeast/sugar or citric acid it will make the tank much more enjoyable. C02 will ALWAYS lead to better growth and a more successful tank.

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I’m not opposed to CO2, just wanted this tank to be a simple, economic reentrance to the hobby. Would you be concerned about pH swings with CO2 on a tank this small?


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Would you be concerned about pH swings with CO2 on a tank this small?
If you are pumping massive amounts of Co2 (3+bps), then yes. But as long as you had a Co2 system where it could be set on a fairly low rate (<2 bps) then you would be fine and your plants would thank you.
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How is the tank handling the bioload?
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Tank looks great
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How is the tank handling the bioload?
So far water quality is holding steady. I did overshoot with the crushed coral, so my pH is a little higher than I'd like, but i'll slowly bring it back down with water changes using some distilled water.

Tank parameters as of 3/22:

pH 7.2
gH 5°GH
dH 2°KH
NH3 0 ppm
NO2 0 ppm
NO3 <10 ppm

I want my pH to be in the 6.5-7 range, but my tap water is extremely soft and had a pH of 6, so I needed to add some mineral content to the water for buffering capabilities. I've never worried much about water hardness before since I always used RO/DI water with my reef tank and the salt mix takes care of the rest. So this is a new challenge for me.

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Tank looks great
Thanks!

Bump: So I've made a few changes since posting last. First of all, I traded in the guppy and three of the larger amano shrimp at my LFS. I came home with 5 beautiful red cherry shrimp. I also moved the banana plant to a small tank in the windowsill. It was getting too large for my tank and was dwarfing the bonsai tree that I'm trying to create with the java moss.

Updated Livestock List:

4 Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi)
2 Amano Shrimp (Caridina multidentata)
5 “Sakura Grade” Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)
2 Nerite Snails (Zebra and Tiger Neritina natalensis, N. semiconica)

Plants:

Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana)
Micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis)
Sword Plant (Echinodorus sp.)
Moss Ball (Chladophora aegagropila)
2 Anubias nana “petite”
Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata)
Staurogyne rubescens
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If you are pumping massive amounts of Co2 (3+bps), then yes. But as long as you had a Co2 system where it could be set on a fairly low rate (<2 bps) then you would be fine and your plants would thank you.
My question for this, and forgive my ignorance, would 1 bps in my tank, be a disproportionally large dose compared to the same 1 bps in a larger tank? Does this all depend on size of CO2 system?
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Updated FTS

New Cherry Shrimp. They are so beautiful, my LFS has some great breeding stock.


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My question for this, and forgive my ignorance, would 1 bps in my tank, be a disproportionally large dose compared to the same 1 bps in a larger tank? Does this all depend on size of CO2 system?
I don't have pressurized C02 on a tank this small, but 1 bps may be too much. You would probably be more than fine with one of the nice little DIY C02 kits from Amazon. Just provide the two 2 liter bottles and the yeast / sugar solution and they have a small valve to regulate the small amount of C02 produced. Kit is about $15. You'll need a small ceramic disk to disburse it. I bought the Fluval one for about $4.

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Looks nice. I’m thinking about the same tank for my office. Did you try the stock light, and decide later that you needed to upgrade?
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