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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-26-2011, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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my first post....my first planted....my first nano!!




my first attempt at a planted tank!!!
Volume:10litres=2.65 USG=2.2 UKG
Substrate:Silica Sand
Plants:Amazon Sword x6
Filter:Sponge filter
Lighting:9Watts fluorescent 6500k

i started the tank......added the plants......a bit of urea for a nitrogen source...its been cycling for about 2 weeks now....plant growth is stable(atleast not dying)


i am planning of adding 2 neon tetras in it
will that be a good addition considering their size and the tank size??
can i add more???
i was planning to add a betta in it but the plants have had enough space so i think the betta would be cramped in it....am i right???
oh andi have done just 1 water change(1st when i started the tank.....and then after that once)



also, how do i clean this now....
muck is settling on the sand and the filterhow do i clean that???
shall i just stir up the tank a bit and suck the water through a pipe??(i tried using a siphon but its just too congested

and shall i add the 2 neon teras now...as is a bit above 2 weeks since the tank is cycling???

i also found a small snail egg couple of days before....and now its a small snail..shall i remove it ....or just let it be?

any other suggestions...criticisms are gladly invited and accepted

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Have you checked your ammonia levels recently?
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ammonia levels ????...ummmmm im low tech....
and by the way...i hardly add about 10 small granules of urea......
i dont htink that would up the nitrate levels much
of course i would decrease the urea once the fishes are added
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Yes. This is the low tech forum. Ammonia will build up during the cycling process in low tech tanks too. It took six weeks for my low tech nana to cycle completely.
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thank you.....6 weeks!!!!!!
never thought a small tank would take that nuch time!!!!
well i added the urea only once
i am doing a fishless cycle
i jsut did an 80% water change again adding someh
urea
any idea for which fish how many and how to clean the tank??
i am very much convinced for two neon tetras.....
but i am thinking how to feed them.....as they occupy mid to lower region of the tank...why iam asking this is because i once had a gold ramerezzi and i had a real tough time feedin it....i had to crush the granules so that it would sink ...i would also hold a frozen worm and put my hand in tbe tank near the fish so it finally come near and eat it!!
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Tetras need to be in a group of at least 6. I'd go for shrimp only.
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do you have another tank for the swords at a later time?, just staying cause swords get HUGE. even my 20H was way to small for a sword.


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Agreed!
+ shrimp(s)
-sword(s) (depends on the sword really though...)
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Tetras need to be in a group of at least 6. I'd go for shrimp only.
yeah i know that but since its a small tank....and my first successful attempt at a planted nano...
im not much enthusiastic for shrimps....also my local lfs doesn't have any
i thought of neon tetras as they don't grow too big and would rather fit in the tank....
i first thought of betta but i don't think the plants would give him much space to wander around

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do you have another tank for the swords at a later time?, just staying cause swords get HUGE. even my 20H was way to small for a sword.
yep i have a 20G but not planted because there reside 4 huge tinfoil barbs.....which eat vritually every edible thing including my swords and anachris(i had attempted planted there but the barbs ate every plant or atleast reduced them to half)

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Agreed!
+ shrimp(s)
-sword(s) (depends on the sword really though...)
-shrimp(s):not my choice and not available in my locality's local fish stores
+sword(s):yeah they can grow big but as i said....its an attempt








why not 2 neon tetras????i think they would do fine...yeah i know the minimum number is 6 but again the tank is just 2.5G
what if i go for only 2 neon tetras?


any other suggestions for small fish?
i am also considering just 1 albino paradise(available readily at the lfs )
would just 1 albino paradise do fine???
as 2 would fight a lot(i had a pair at my 20g....1 died)
plus 2 albinos wont fit in my 2.5G
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Yea I would take some of those Swords out, they will get too big. If you really want fish, just get maybe 2 fish that don't grow much over 1". I had a 2.5g hexagon tank and kept 2 to 3 fish in there for years.

Oh and please get a more compact/incognito/subtle filter. That thing takes up so much room, lol
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Yea I would take some of those Swords out, they will get too big. If you really want fish, just get maybe 2 fish that don't grow much over 1". I had a 2.5g hexagon tank and kept 2 to 3 fish in there for years.

Oh and please get a more compact/incognito/subtle filter. That thing takes up so much room, lol
that is why i am thinking of two neons....i am almost in for two neons....some are saying, as i have read, that for neons 6 or more.....
but i think they'l do just fine if there are only two of them...yes ill miss their shoaling effect
i want to know if only 1 albino gourami paradise would do fine.....
i would go for neons only if single albino is not favorable for my tank.....
why albino? if no then neon?
simply because i have some experience caring for an albino paradise


and about the filter...that is definitely my future option....because the lfss in my locality all have submersible filters and no HOBs :-(
if considering the size occupied by the filter,no point in removing the big sponge filter and adding the equally big submersible filter
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that is why i am thinking of two neons....i am almost in for two neons....some are saying, as i have read, that for neons 6 or more.....
but i think they'l do just fine if there are only two of them...yes ill miss their shoaling effect
i want to know if only 1 albino gourami paradise would do fine.....
i would go for neons only if single albino is not favorable for my tank.....
why albino? if no then neon?
simply because i have some experience caring for an albino paradise


and about the filter...that is definitely my future option....because the lfss in my locality all have submersible filters and no HOBs :-(
if considering the size occupied by the filter,no point in removing the big sponge filter and adding the equally big submersible filter
no 2 neon will not work u could do 2 Badis badis or a Sparkling Gourami....


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no 2 neon will not work u could do 2 Badis badis or a Sparkling Gourami....
why not????
dumb to ask but....
what about 3?
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why not????
dumb to ask but....
what about 3?
No neon's they won't be happy in a group of 3.. they need to be in a group of 6...


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No neon's they won't be happy in a group of 3.. they need to be in a group of 6...
badis: also need to be kept in a group of 6 or more....

yes they won't be happy because they wont shoal if there are only 2...
...what i am asking is....won't they survive??
ok they might not thrive and won't show their glory and such.......
won't they live???
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