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Hi just would like to introduce myself and my tank to this subsection of the forum.

This tank is about 4 months old now. Started with a dirted substrate from homemade vermicast and capped with sand.

It is home to 6 White Cloud Minnows, 5 Lampeye Killis, Dozens of red cherry shrimp that keep reproducing nonstop. I've trimmed it only once and Im letting the Jungle Val take over.

Plants: Jungle Val, Crypts, H.C Cuba, Hygrophila Carpet (trimmed very low to keep the carpeting look)


10% water change every couple days and one large 50% water change every two weeks.

Seachem Supplements: Flourish, Excel, Advance, Iron, Nitrogen, Potassium, Trace, Phosphorus

I've been enjoying the content on this forum, Glad to share these with you guys
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Tank Setup:
* 14 Gallon shallow custom tank. 90cm x 30cm x 20cm

* 3 small HOB filters - each with a different filter media(Seachem Purigen, Activated Carbon, Matrix): No name brand (not indicated on the filters, threw away the packaging lol)

* Light: Asta 20 Freshwater LED - Photoperiod 7hours on, 17hours off

* One large Wavemaker: A bit overdoing it with this one but it creates such nice flow in the tank. The fish love it and the Jungle val breaks the current a bit so there are areas the fish can relax. ( photo below )

* Pressurized Co2 - Explosive plant growth after installation

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Wow. What a rare scape. I like it a lot. It evokes visions of marshlands, edge of a lagoon, where shallow meets up with deep, etc. Very natural and looks like a snapshot out of planet earth.

Edit: 14 gallons??! And how? Looked like a long 50 gallon plus tank. Your picture taking, sense of perspective and scale, is awesome too!
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Thank you! @ipkiss

Trying to go for a natural high flow river system. Im still figuring out how to upload some videos so you can see the water circulation in action.
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Really great looking tank, I had mine custom made to similar dimensions too.

Looking forwards to seeing more updates/any other tanks you have!
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man this tank is beautiful! is that HC growing on a branch? I had no idea they could do that.
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@mikeemorales Thank you. Yes! its HC growing on the branch without any substrate. It was a little experiment and its growing like crazy. I have to remove a few clumps weekly to keep it manageable. I do keep the water column dosed so Im guessing its getting all the nutrients from that. My light isnt too powerful but it is a very shallow tank so the light penetration is good enough for its growth.
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Very Beautiful tank. An attempt to explain my thoughts about the tank "simplicity is key" no offense. The simplicity, with high visual impact. Something I believe is very hard to do. Great job!!!!
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Update on the jungle val growth.

I wasn't expecting it to take over my tank but I may have to do some pruning.
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How're things in Tokyo? I've visited friends there a few times when on trips to see the in-laws in Shiga. Tokyo's probably the only city in the world I could live in. My wife and I met when we lived in Shizuoka and barely a day goes by when I wish we could move back there. It's a lovely country and we both miss it a lot.
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I wasn't expecting it to take over my tank but I may have to do some pruning.
Ha, yes, Jungle Val is a weed, especially when it's happy! I kept it in a 29 gallon for a while, it found its way into everything.
You mentioned you're using a Hygrophila species for a carpet, may I ask which species? I'd love some close up pictures of that.

Well done!
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You mentioned you're using a Hygrophila species for a carpet, may I ask which species? I'd love some close up pictures of that.
Thank you, the species is Hygrophila Lancea Araguaia. It grows out bright green then after the first 3 set of leaves it starts turning a deep reddish brown.
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@Phil Edwards Tokyo is great, Same with Shiga and Shizuoka. Actually all the prefectures are terrific lol. It's starting to get pretty hot in the city now but no complaints here. Im from New York and the lifestyle change is something Im getting accustomed to but I love this country.
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