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So I bought one of these 2.6 fluval tanks because a local petco was going out of business and I was able to score a great deal on it. 60% off! I have been out of the aquarium hobby for a while focusing on my vivariums and other critters and tanks but I have been having this itch to do a planted tank once more. So I figured I'd jump in with a nano and go from there. I had a left over 10ib c02 cylinder and the fluval came with a decent filter system built in to the back and a pretty strong led light fixture. So all that was left to buy was not much. For plants I chose some needle leaf java fern anubias nana petite some japanese mini pennywort (forget the name) dwarf hairgrass micranthemum mintecarlo and some xmas moss. I dose with thrive all in one liquid fert. The tank has been running for about 1 month and in it reside 2 amano shrimp who have been doing great. I am considering buying 2 male black bar endlers but not sure if its overkill. Also considering adding an almond leaf to the back tray to add a tiny tint of tannin color to this. I'd like your thoughts on my layout plant selection and overall aesthetics. I'm not 100% sold on some of the plants placement but theres not a lot of room to move things as the tank is tiny. Things have been growing rather quickly and I apologize for the algea I am still finding the balance point in my photo period and light intensity and ofc it is a new tank so algea will be an issue for now. Hope you guys enjoy my mini water world updates will come
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I like the plant placement and rocks. The colors and textures are great. My eyes can ‘climb’ up in a zigzag, front to back, left to right. That’s a nice effect, and a good use of a nano’s space. The scape’s height seems just right, too. Nice views from front, right, and above. You’ll get to have some variation just based on how you trim midground, if you want an easy change.

I’d perhaps add a few small spindly bits of wood in the back and amongst the java fern, reaching up to about 1-2” from the surface. Maybe that’s just because I have a bunch of that wood, and need more tanks to use it. The scape is good already,without that addition.

I’d think the two male endlers is a good choice. Versus a betta, they’ll be more in-scale to give a larger tank appearance. They’re darn pretty, also. Maybe they’d prefer a larger group and tank (which fish doesn’t?), but I think they’ll be happy in this well-maintained setup.

I usually give more space for Amanos, and would have only added one. That’s just me.


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Thank you for all the honest feedback! I do have some extra pieces of that wood I can try out it might add some more interest to the scape how tou are saying. I agree with you about the amano I had purchased 2 because the store I bought them from didnt seem too well maintained and I felt one or both might not make it but i do plan on moving one out to a new tank i am working on soon. I also read that endlers do well as solo fish and dont really schoal but I could be wrong there is a lot of contradicting information about everything online. My first choice was a solid red halfmoon plakat betta but it would overpower the perception of space so when I saw those gorgeous endlers I was sold. I think 1 amano and 2 endlers would look amazing.
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I like the plant placement and rocks. The colors and textures are great. My eyes can ‘climb’ up in a zigzag, front to back, left to right. That’s a nice effect, and a good use of a nano’s space. The scape’s height seems just right, too. Nice views from front, right, and above. You’ll get to have some variation just based on how you trim midground, if you want an easy change.

I’d perhaps add a few small spindly bits of wood in the back and amongst the java fern, reaching up to about 1-2” from the surface. Maybe that’s just because I have a bunch of that wood, and need more tanks to use it. The scape is good already,without that addition.

I’d think the two male endlers is a good choice. Versus a betta, they’ll be more in-scale to give a larger tank appearance. They’re darn pretty, also. Maybe they’d prefer a larger group and tank (which fish doesn’t?), but I think they’ll be happy in this well-maintained setup.

I usually give more space for Amanos, and would have only added one. That’s just me.
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Gorgeous tank, Delgado! I bet endlers would look nice in there -- I've been obsessed with shrimp and snails lately though, so I really want do dump a handful of bright blue or red cherry shrimp in there, and maybe a pretty golden mystery snail! In any case, have fun!
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Gorgeous tank, Delgado! I bet endlers would look nice in there -- I've been obsessed with shrimp and snails lately though, so I really want do dump a handful of bright blue or red cherry shrimp in there, and maybe a pretty golden mystery snail! In any case, have fun!

Ohhh bright blue shrimp!!! Yeah I thought about cherries but if I did them I would like a larger tank for larger colony because they bred like crazy when I had them in the past. This tank i feel calls for a tiny subtle touch with an amano and pair (or trio) of male endlers. I plan on ordering a fancy new rimless 5g that I'll prob do a nice shrimp colony and little nerite or something.
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