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Starting a Nano tank after not touching aquariums for 5 years

Hello everyone. I recently decided to jump back into the hobby after 4+ years of not owning an aquarium. I used to do mostly nano reef keeping, but I decided to do a planted tank to get back into things to this time. Currently working on the hard scape of a 23.6" x 6.7" x 9.4" (60cm x 17cm x 24cm) book self style aquarium. This thing has been driving me crazy because it's only 6.7" deep, haven't gotten anything that shows any real depth or scale on it yet, but this is where I am with it currently. Doesn't leave much room for planting behind the rocks, but there isn't much space to work with in that dimension on this tank


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23.6"x6.7"x9.4" Low Iron Tank
Small Lava Rock/ Turface base layer with the ADA substrate system
Fluval Stratum Soil
Twinstar 600e on about 50% power(started with a $30 Pawfly Led @50%)
Sunsun 265gph Canister with Glass lilly pipe and glass intake
Paintball CO2 setup
Finnex HMA 50s Titanium heater
Aquario Neo diffuser

Current Dosing
1ml Thrive S M W F
Liquid Carbon 1ml Daily
Iron 1ml every other day

Current Stocking:
Ruby Tetras
Cherry Shrimp
Amano Shrimp

Micranthemum Monte Carlo
Limnapholia Aromatica
Heteranthera Zosterifolia
Ludwigia Inclinata
Crypt Mioya
Crypt Tropica
Crypt Lucens







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I'd remove a lot of that substrate, you're sacrificing a lot of water volume.

as for depth, I think if you planted small plants at the base of those big rocks it would help add some depth. Something like pogostemon helferi or s repens perhaps?
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It's not a bad arrangement, but yeah, it lacks some depth. The best way to create an illusion of depth in narrow tanks is to start low in the front and slope towards the back with your substrate. You will be able to pack in more plants this way. I would stick with smaller form plants and mosses, personally.
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Just some update pics, had a little bit of hair algae for a couple weeks but the tank is stabilized pretty nicely now. Algae has all but disappeared, plants are starting to grow like crazy, starting to get a lot of good red coming out on the Limnapholia Aromatica. Overall a fun little nano so far



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Tell us more!!!!!!

Equipment? Future fish? How do you do water changes in a room like that? I personally would be scared of getting water on anything in such a glamorous room like that....lol.

I'm not a big fan of non-painted tanks....but yours is PERFECT for that room. Love it!

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Tell us more!!!!!!

Equipment? Future fish? How do you do water changes in a room like that? I personally would be scared of getting water on anything in such a glamorous room like that....lol.

I'm not a big fan of non-painted tanks....but yours is PERFECT for that room. Love it!
Equipment is $30 Amazon light, I have a twinstar 600e that fits this tank, but I wanted to see what kind of results I could get with the cheap light, so far I've been happy with it. Filtration is a 265gph Sunsun canister with polyfill and lavarock, has to lift the water a bit from the floor so with the head added in probably only about 100ish gph. CO2 is a paintball setup with the small neodiffuser.

For water changes I just put some towels out, its pretty easy not to make a mess since I'm only changing 2-3gallons.
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Looks great. Can't wait to see it once it has grown in.


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Looks great. Can't wait to see it once it has grown in.
Thanks! It was originally going to be more of an iwigumi layout, but with the stone I had on hand I couldn't get the depth of field I wanted with such a narrow tank, so I decided to just load it up with some stem plants and crypts.
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Just wanted to say ur tank looks awesome hope all is going well with it
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Made the mistake of putting the Twinstar 600e on the tank to see what it would look like...looked to0 good, had to switch over from the Pawfly led lol. The growth with the other light was great, just an aesthetic choice really

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I totally know what you mean about the twinstars. I have a 600S for my new 60U UNS tank and it really has a great color to the leds. I put it in my 20 gall tall regular tank just to see, and everything just looked sooo good. And I had Chihiros RGB on it so I didn't expect the difference to be so stark.

Both the inside of the tank and outside of the tank looks so much better with the 600E on it. A+ choice.
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Are you dimming the twinstar at all?


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Are you dimming the twinstar at all?
Yeah, it's on about 50%
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Noticed today while cleaning the tank that my Cherry Shrimp are starting to breed and some of the babies are actually surviving!



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Hope you're ready 100s of cherry shrimp!


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