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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!

I copied what I wrote in my introduction here because I'll probably update it.

So I got my first aquarium last week for my birthday, and I'm starting the stuff with the enthusiasm of a complete newbie.

I'll try to share the evolution of it with you and of course I'm open to all suggestions.

- 25 x 25 x 30 cm aquarium (18 l which is roughly 4.75 gallons)
- light: chihiros a251 (waiting to receive it)
- filter: oase biomaster 250 thermo (waiting to receive it, I know it's massive overkill :-))
- filtration masses: I bought 1 kg of biohome ultra media.
- glass lily pipes for nano (bought it on aliexpress, still waiting for it)

- tropica substrate
- dennerle gravel for shrimps
- gathered rocks from my garden that I boiled for 30 min
- bought a small piece of wood in the local fish store

- java moss (glued on the wood)
- anubias gilletii
- lilaeopsis brasiliensis
- egeria densa
- vallisneria spiralis tiger

While waiting for the chihiros led and the oase filter, I use the crappy ones that came with the tank.

I set it up on friday with 10 ml of sera bio nitrivec. Water is a little green, I plan to test it next weekend. In the meantime I'll do some partial water changes twice a week. I put a picture of it.
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For now I'm not completely sure what I'll get to populate it with livestock. A few shrimps if possible but I might have put some rocks containing quartz in the tank and I heard it's not good for them. A few nano fishes if possible and if not, a betta.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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So I'll tell you what I plan and if you see a bad idea let me know.

So firstly I think I will add duckweed for several reasons:
- it seems nice to me,
- it will massively consume nitrates I guess
- it might partially prevent evaporation from the tank
- I think shrimps will appreciate it.

I'll try to make a floating ring to keep it on the peripheral part of the surface in order to avoid hiding light to other plants.

Why could it possibly be a bad idea?
- filter flow might make a mess
- it might need more maintenance
- it might impede other plants growth.

Any experience about duckweed?
Any idea to build the floating ring?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Just received the chihiros led a251. It makes a hell of a difference! I can see a lot of details that I've never seen before.
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About the led itself, I was pretty suprised about the quality of the stuff. Just one screw that didn't fit well the hole.
Except that, it's all good.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, just put my filter oase biomaster 250 on the tank. I kept the original filter for now and I'll use both of them for a week or two.
It seems that some of the plants aren't doing very well. To be confirmed.
I ordered a test kit to know when my tank will me ready for livestock.
I think I'll go for a betta and a few shrimps.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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It seems that some plants are not very happy...
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Plus it seems that I have some algae growing on the leaves of some other plants.
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I'm planning to test my water soon (waiting for the test kit to come in the mail)
Any advice before testing?
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