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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-09-2020, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,
After 4 year out of the hobby i decided to start a nano tank.

This tank runs about 2.5 months
Dimensions: 40x24x24 (L,W,H in cm) about 24 litres
Filtration: Atman HF0400 - HOB 375 l/h + small internal filter Shark (i think about 250 l/h)
Heating: Atman 100W heater
Lighting: 6w LED bulb (thinking of upgrading)
Substrate: 1st layer is quartz mixed with tetra complete substrate (from one of my old tanks) and 2nd layer river sand
Decoration: mangrove roots(i think), some grapewine branches and some rocks

Fauna: 1 blue dwarf gourami (male), 2 albino corys, 3 albino ancistus (may replace them with ottos)
Flora: Anubias nana petite, Bucephalandra sp. Lamandau mini red, Microsorum pteropus windelow, Vallisneria spiralis, Lilaeosis brasiliens, Cryptocoryne affinis?, Hydrocotyle tripartita japan, Micranthemum micranthemoides and Chamaedorea elegans.
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Your light fixture seems odd.. Is it turning the bulb sideways or is the bulb you are using a tube?

Either way it can't be the most efficient way of getting light down since it looks like at least half and maybe more of your light is relying on the reflector to get it into the tank.

I am currently using this bulb on a 7.5 gallon walstad no filter tank. Its strong enough to grow hair grass just fine. I would definitely recommend it or something like it but it would require a downward firing lighting fixture.

Also a little confused on filtration. Are you using both an internal filter and a HOB? Or did you start with the internal filter and now switch to the hob? If the later I heartily approve.


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Welcome to TPT!

Your tank looks great!
What emergent growth plants do you have in here?


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Welcome and love the scape great job!


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Thanks everyone, its a real pleasure to be part of this community.
@minorhero The bulb is sideways and yes its not the most effective way but thats for now. Maybe i will make a diy power led fixture if i have the time.
I started with the internal and moved to the hob, but once a week i put the internal in because it increases the aeration so the filters can pick up most of the fish waste because i cant get in some places with the vacuum.
@Discusluv Chamaedorea elegans - parlour palm, i hope that the hydrocotyle will grow out and also a have a few risoms of the java fern windelow near the surface.



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Nice looking aquarium there. Also really like the gourami. My favorite fish, they have a lot of character in my opinion
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Thanks what other small fish (under 2 inches) can i put besides the gourami?

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Please return the ancistus (bristlenose pleco) asap! They need a MUCH MUCH larger tank! You need at least 20 gallons (75 liters) for just 1 bristlenose. For 3 bristlenose x4 the volume or more give room for territories and dilute all that poop.
The tank is a little small for a dwarf gourami, they should have at least a 10g (37 liter), and I see an interanl fitler/pump as well as a hob (hang on back) filter in your photos? Keep in mind gourami like low/gentle flow.

Aside from that your scape and plants look lovely. Be mindful that 'dwarf' palm will get over 36" (91 cm) in a few years-mine turned into a monster before I sold it.

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Hello,
After 4 year out of the hobby i decided to start a nano tank.

This tank runs about 2.5 months
Dimensions: 40x24x24 (L,W,H in cm) about 24 litres
Filtration: Atman HF0400 - HOB 375 l/h + small internal filter Shark (i think about 250 l/h)
Heating: Atman 100W heater
Lighting: 6w LED bulb (thinking of upgrading)
Substrate: 1st layer is quartz mixed with tetra complete substrate (from one of my old tanks) and 2nd layer river sand
Decoration: mangrove roots(i think), some grapewine branches and some rocks

Fauna: 1 blue dwarf gourami (male), 2 albino corys, 3 albino ancistus (may replace them with ottos)
Flora: Anubias nana petite, Bucephalandra sp. Lamandau mini red, Microsorum pteropus windelow, Vallisneria spiralis, Lilaeosis brasiliens, Cryptocoryne affinis?, Hydrocotyle tripartita japan, Micranthemum micranthemoides and Chamaedorea elegans.
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This is looking beautiful. I love plants the most to be honest.



As someone above said, isn't it true that these plants tend to grow quite a bit. You just might want to consider this so you don't have to make a switch down the road.
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The gourami and the 3 ancistrus are out, i got 8 ember tetras, 2 cherry barbs and 1 neretina.
Yes the crypts look fairly big in this tank but for now i dig the look, maybe i will change them with something that looks similar but does not grow over 6 inches (15cm)

Yesterday after water change.


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The gourami and the 3 ancistrus are out, i got 8 ember tetras, 2 cherry barbs and 1 neretina.
Yes the crypts look fairly big in this tank but for now i dig the look, maybe i will change them with something that looks similar but does not grow over 6 inches (15cm)

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Still lovely tank. You may want to send back the cherry barb. They need a larger tank than you have. Larger than the gourami needs.
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Base dimensions of at least 24 ∗ 12" (60.9-30.4 cm) or equivalent are required.
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They should be in groups of 6 or more which is too much for that tank. If a mixed group at least 2 females per a male,3 or 4 is even better... or just all males(lot of people do that). As just 2 the dominant one will possibly harass the weaker to death. If its 1 male 1 female, he will chase the female to death trying to mate-need more females to spread out the 'love'. But again.. tank size..
I know we keep popping your bubble with fish stocking! But just trying to help you have optimal fish for your environment! ^^

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@AquaAurora yes i noticed that 1 cherry barb is dominating the other so i gave them to my friends 20 gal barb tank.
I got some cherry shrimps.
1st photo was taken 1 month ago. Since then i trimmed the crypts.
The cories are nearly fully grown so i might take them out as soon the quarantine is over.

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Beautiful!

Style: Organic potting soil, gravel, sand, wood, plants, algae, biofilm, snails, shrimp, fish, dual siestas
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@Streetwise Thanks .

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