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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-30-2011, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Nano Cube first planted tank

Hey, just thought i would run this by a few people and see if I am doing this right. I have been a saltwater guy for a few years but i have always kept a small freshwater tank also. Overall I really like the freshwater better. Things are a bit more simple. So I am converting my nano cube 12g over to a planted tank. I have read quite a bit but I would just like to make sure I am on the right track.

Here is what i have done so far.

Tank is cleaned

Flora-max substrate

Maxi-Jet 400

Chemi-Pure in 2nd chamber along with small bag of Biomax , couple of sponges in first chamber

Switched lights to 24w 6400k daylight bulbs


Now i have a couple of questions.

I am shutting down my JBJ Half Moon tank. Is it ok if i move over some of the pea gravel and water? I am pretty sure this is the right thing to do since it will help with cycling.

What kind of water flow do planted tanks like? Also I am doing tetras in the tank.

I would like to start with a couple of Amazon Swords. Will my lights be ok?

I also like the way amazon frogbit looks floating on the water. I love how it makes the lights look. Would that be ok in my tank? If not any other ideas for a floater?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-02-2011, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well since no one on here knew any of the answers i'll go ahead and answer them. Hoping it might help out the next gal or guy.

Everything I did was exactly right.
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Tank is all set up and going good. Only problem is the dang fans quit. So i ordered the nano tuners kit. Looks like the only option is to drill a hole in the back of the hood to feed the wires through. Am I missing anything?
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Yep I am right again! You do have to drill a couple of small holes in the back of the hood. Plus the fans are a bit shorter, but the bolts still work. Since no one has ever dealt with any of this stuff I hope this helps the next guy or gal.
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Sorry to hear about the fans. That seems like a pain. Glad it worked out though.
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Yeah it wasnt too bad. They work really good, but they are pretty noisy. Overall I am pretty happy though.

Need to pick me up a couple of cleaners this weekend. Thinking maybe a few ghost shrimp. ??
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The only shrimp that really clean and eat algae are amano shrimp. Most of the others just pick around in the substrate which I guess you could consider cleaning but nothing compared to amano shrimp.
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What do you think is the best for keeping the tank clean? Snails-catfish?
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Nerites do a good job on my tanks....
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Otos and I 2nd the nerites.

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Can't wait to c the results, just be careful amazon swords grow pretty big
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post some pics id love to see your tank!
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Well here she is . Its a work in progress. Some of the tanks on here are really amazing! Gives me great ideas for mine.

Your right that Amazon sword has really grown even since i got it. But what i think is crazy is how quick the frog bit has grown. Not really the pads on top but the roots seems to grow a bit every day. Its really neat to watch!

Kinda glad to be away from the saltwater. This is pretty neat!
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I dont know if its correct but I trim my amazon sword by cutting the largest leaves at the base once I have plenty of smaller leaves to take their place... I now have some leaves over 21" long... trimmed 3 yesterday....
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Yeah im going to have to do that soon. That thing is really growing!

Got some green algae showing up. I guess its just going through a small cycle. I guess we will see what happens in a couple of weeks.
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