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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-18-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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UofAHog's JBJ Picotope

This is my first tank in 8 years so please go easy on me. I used to keep planted and reef tanks back when I was in college but got out of the hobby once I graduated. A few months ago my sons said they wanted a fish so I naturally used that as an excuse to start up a planted tank.

Established: October 7, 2011

Location: Kitchen counter

Tank: JBJ Picotope

Light: 9w PC 7500k

Filter: Stock

Substrate: MTS with Flourite Black cap

Hardscape: Manzanita

Plants: Java Fern, Anubias Petite, Unknown Crypt species x2

Livestock: Betta, RCS x4

I had 1 goal with this tank: Make it as easy to maintain as possible while still keeping it aesthetically pleasing. I needed to keep it simple so that the boys would enjoy it and be able to help with minor tasks to give them some ownership.

With that in mind, I decided to go with a simple driftwood layout to model a sunken stump or branch. The plants are all pretty slow growers as I DESPISE trimming fast growing stems. The local fish store doesn't have the best selection of plants so I did what I could with their available stock. In the future I would like to change out the Java Fern for a narrow leaf variety. Also, I would like to get my hands on some C. Parva to try around the base of the driftwood knot and to fill in some of the empty space from the rear right corner to the front left corner.

My apologies for the dirty tank. Luckily the slimy driftwood fungus is starting breakup this week. I also removed the java moss snag from the upper right corner.

Thoughts/Suggestions/Complaints?



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Looks awesome! Is that a 2.5g or smaller?

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That's a jbj picotope, it's 3 gallons. Very nice btw.

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Complaint: get a glass lid cut for this thing or the betta will eventually jump, which will cause disappointment and regret. you may get lucky (I kept one betta for 2.5years in open top tanks without any accidents) but then again you may not.

Otherwise this looks like a terrific start!

This is a great tank, I use one as a reef setup =)




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Complaint: get a glass lid cut for this thing or the betta will eventually jump, which will cause disappointment and regret.
lol really? Haha, yeah, I had a neon jump out of the little hole in my spec's lid once. Crazy!

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I lost a showy yellow dragon male plakat a long time ago through a 1" x 1" gap in a 2.5 gallon tank lid.... -__-
He used to be my favorite betta of all time. he was also the most expensive betta i have ever bought so far. His accident was actually the reason why i stopped breeding bettas...




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I really like the 3g picotopes. I have one myself with a very similar looking Betta. Your tank looks wonderful!!!! Its clean and well scaped. Mine just looks like a jungle. LOL

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Yup i had my betta died due to jump when i went for a holiday. Its a nice scape.. And yes i agree trimming stem plants is a pita.


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Thanks for all the comments. I'll think about a screen top but I rather like the open top and it was one of the primary reasons for this tank.

Cottagewitch - Is that narrow leaf java fern on the right side of your tank? That is the type of texture that I need behind the driftwood.
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screen top might block too much light, glass top mediates that and slows down evaporation (though not as much of an issue in FW tanks).




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I have the same tank!!! :-)))

Proud Momma of 1 Baby Girl, 8 Goats, 1 Horse, 10 Chickens, 2 Guineas,1 Rabbit, 2 Dogs, 1 Cat, 1 Hermit Crab, 4 Angel Fish, 16 Tetras and 2 Cory CatsOh, And a Hubby that understands my tank addiction! (Update! Since going planted he now SHARES my tank addiction!!
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Thanks for all the comments. I'll think about a screen top but I rather like the open top and it was one of the primary reasons for this tank.

Cottagewitch - Is that narrow leaf java fern on the right side of your tank? That is the type of texture that I need behind the driftwood.
It sure is! I'll send you a pm.

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Minor Update

I've made a few minor changes in the past month and the tank has just settled in for the long haul. I replaced most of the regular java fern with some narrow leaf that Jenna sent my way. I added two more shrimp to finish out the stocking level. Other than that, I have fallen into a decently regular dosing schedule which seems to have helped balanced out the algae production. Balance is bliss. Maybe I'll pickup some Parva to finish this thing up after the New Year.



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Nice!

Love these little JBJs
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That little tank is sweet.. I wouldn't run a top lid either..
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