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.9 gallon nano (update 1/29)

So I just picked up this betta cube. I'm trying to use a riccia mat I had as a foreground but I doubt the pebbles will hold it down forever. If it does it will look nice grown up around them. I have a 13w cfl above it but am unsure of the height and since I don't have any co2 I don't want this to become an algae farm. Can you dose excel with java moss. I've heard that it will kill it or is that only for overdoses/concentrated doses.

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From what I have heard, a substantial overdose or direct application to moss will kill it.
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I've done direct applications of excel on my java moss to kill BBA and the BBA is the only thing it killed. On a side note I am really wanting a nano tank and really like the looks of that. What plants are in there? Are you using a filter? And how much was it. I would have to hide it from my wife along with the purchase of some OEBT's since she is at her limit with my 5 tanks ranging in size from 10 - 75 gallons :-)
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I've done direct applications of excel on my java moss to kill BBA and the BBA is the only thing it killed. On a side note I am really wanting a nano tank and really like the looks of that. What plants are in there? Are you using a filter? And how much was it. I would have to hide it from my wife along with the purchase of some OEBT's since she is at her limit with my 5 tanks ranging in size from 10 - 75 gallons :-)
The tank is a Marina Cubus Betta kit. It is all glass not cheap plastic and is on sale at Petsmart for $15.99. I have riccia (that I might not keep in there), anubias nana, and some java moss. Also I have no filter on it and am not sure if I will put anything in it, maybe a rcs or two.
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Are you going to run it filter-less?
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Are you going to run it filter-less?
Ya, I am just going to have plants in it for a while and just keep my water changes up, even though I don't have inhabitants.
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So even though I like the riccia in it, I took it out and just have java moss in the back behind a new rock setup that is centered. I just don't know how well the riccia would have fared in the conditions I am going to keep this tank and needed to keep hardier plants in it instead of ones that might float up and cause a mess.
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Looks good! You could pull it off as a 10 gallon from the pictures. I have never had problems with excel and any moss. I'm sure if you overdose excel you could kill any plant. That is similar to injecting too much CO2 for the plants to keep up with. I wouldnt worry about it at all.

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Ok so I moved a lot of stuff around. Should I put the riccia back in. I am hesitant if I will be able to keep it alive with just API co2 boost. Anyone have any thoughts? The water is a little cloudy from moving stuff around.
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I've kept riccia with dosing excel in a 5.5gal. I don't really think it's that finicky with co2, just light. I think you'll have enough light for it. Why not try a little of the riccia in the tank as a test for a few days to see how it'll do?
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Once it is settled in a little bit I would definitely recommend adding some shrimp, they seem to do very well in setups like this.
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Sounds good I will put some back in tomorrow and play it by ear.
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So I put the riccia back in but kept the layout the same. I am holding it down with bent wires as weight.
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The riccia is showing progress but is definitely growing thinner in this tank than my other nano. Put what I think is part of a java fern leaf in there to grow out so I will see if that works.
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