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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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New Member, just sharing a few of my tanks

Thanks for all of the help and inspiration from the forum. Maybe the 12 gallon goes a little over the Nano size, but figured I would include it with the 6 gallon.

The 6 gallon has been up and rolling for about a year now. The 12 is a little cloudy from a water change and stirring up the sand. Still on a weekly h2o change cycle with this one, it's still relatively new having been set up 6 or so weeks ago. EI dosing and co2 in both with finnex 24/7's.
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Wow both very impactful scapes! Love the tree effect with the first picture, very nice!



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I can't get over the lower betta tank. What is that long-leaved plant?

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I can't get over the lower betta tank. What is that long-leaved plant?
Can't see too clearly but my guess would be crypt balansae or crypt retrospiralis, some crpyt like that..xD
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I can't get over the lower betta tank. What is that long-leaved plant?
Thank You! It's my favorite of the two. The crypts to the left have grown out quite a bit since this picture and I've gotten rid of the Christmas moss as it was getting out of control.

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Can't see too clearly but my guess would be crypt balansae or crypt retrospiralis, some crpyt like that..xD
It was labeled at crypt spiralis when I purchased it. It grows like mad in here though. Several times I've cut it back to the substrate and writhing a few weeks it's the length pictured.
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Welcome to the community and love the scapes you came up with. Those vals in the first tank really add a lot to the scape. Great job

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Is the betta tank the 12 gallon? Love it; I'll bet the betta does too!
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I really love both of your scapes.
You have a great imagination-- I bet this isn't your only artistic hobby.
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I love both scapes, but especially the second one with the wood providing a swim-through. And do you have two HOBs on that tank, one at each end?
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Beautiful scapes! Are you using CO2 on these tanks? If so, what regulator? Im considering getting a 6.5g long.
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Is the betta tank the 12 gallon? Love it; I'll bet the betta does too!
The betta tank is the 6 gallon. It's one of the petco bookshelf specials. Not sure if they make them anymore but they're little acrylic bowfronts, I just took the rim off. It's pretty deceptive size wise. I have a few pictures on older phones that you can't see the fish or anything else for scale and it's really hard to figure the size. There's a LFS with a picture of the tank posted and they get a lot of "how big is that betta?" comments.

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I really love both of your scapes.
You have a great imagination-- I bet this isn't your only artistic hobby.
There aren't many hobbies that I'm not into. Lol. This is sort of my rainy day inside thing. Here's what really steals all my time and money.



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I love both scapes, but especially the second one with the wood providing a swim-through. And do you have two HOBs on that tank, one at each end?
Yeah I put two on there to begin with. I was getting a lot of dead spots in the tank and dealing with a lot of film at the surface of the water. This fixed all those issues. I've since moved to one of the small zoomed turtle canisters and that does an even better job.


Since everyone loves the Betta tank here's a progression photo over about 5 weeks of getting it set up. It grew in pretty fast. It was taken over recently by a little bit of java fern and the Monte Carlo is starting to stand up really high so it's in need of a rescape pretty badly currently. Probably in the next few weeks when the 12 gallon calms down a bit. Still getting that one settled in. I don't really like the background plants at all, I just don't have the discipline to deal with stem plants. I found some pink panther crypts though and that should do the job. I'll update as those grow in and I settle on a midground plant for it. It's only 7 inches wide or so, so scaping it is a little challenging. The stand will hold the 22 gallon so I might just upgrade and replant instead.
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Beautiful scapes! Are you using CO2 on these tanks? If so, what regulator? Im considering getting a 6.5g long.
Yeah they're both running CO2. Currently both are running diy paintball setups with the eBay special aquatek regulators. They're a little touchy but work just fine. Using the Hagen diffusers as every glass one over tried (haven't given ADA a go $$) they all release giant bubbles. There's an acrylic brand out there that I've seen but haven't tried, maybe I'll give those a go if I do a bigger tank. I'll honestly probably step up to a real 5 gallon tank in the coming months.
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I was actually hoping to get the mini aquatek regulator. How often do you have to refill it on the 6g?

*Also I dont mean to hijack the thread, but I am unable to post after logging in for the first time in awhile. Any idea why*?
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I've got to say, a couple of the most nicely presented small tanks I have seen here.

Good work!
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The 12 gallon is starting to fill in nicely and settle in. Grabbed a few shots after a huge trim and water change after being gone for 2 weeks. Still think I'm going to pull all the stem plants out and replace them with some pink flamingos crypts. I should probably go ahead and jump to the 24 gallon long while I'm at it. 🤔
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