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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-11-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Help with nano tank

I have had a mr. aqua 3 gallon bowfront for a few months now and I really have not done much with it. I never new how hard a nano would be to plant and scape! All that is in it now are some bladder snails (they found there way) and a mysterious baby fish that I believe to be a guppy, but the weird thing is, I don't have a guppy.

So for a light a clamp on led light. I believe it is a UP aqua 6inch light. For a filter I have.....an aquaclear 20. I know this is way to big for the tank and I need to find something else to use. For the substrate I have 1 liter of Mr. Aqua aquatic soil. There is not enough of it to really have a deep enough bed for plants. Plant wise it contains some creeping jenny from my yard, some rotala nanjenshan, and some java moss. The java moss has completely died now and the creeping jenny is growing out of the water.

What kind of filter can I use?

What kind of plants do well in small tanks?
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There's no need to replace your filter. It's perfect for your tank. I use them on 2.5gal and 3gal tanks all the time. Just turn down the flow a bit.

Any plant that you can maintain with trimming will work. Nearly any stem - lighting, ferts and CO2 depending - will work. Smaller Anubias, Crypts, Marsilea varieties, et al.


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I use Azoo Palm filters on all my nano tanks and they work really well. They're tiny and their intakes are clear and very unobtrusive, but they still provide great flow. I wrap clear fishing line around the intake to keep baby shrimp out and you can't even see it.

Hydrocotyle japan might be my favorite nano plant at the moment. Others are anubias nana petite and golden, crypt parva, rotala rotundifolia, and whatever small moss you want. You could also try a moss ball carpet, the scale of that works well with nano tanks and makes them look bigger.
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