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First official nano tank with Oceanfree

This is my first stab at a planted tank. Any comments, negative and positive, are always appreciated.

Tank: Oceanfree 1.3 gallon tank
Lighting: 10 watts Coralife 50/50 fluorescent bulb
Fauna: 1 Trumpet snail, 1 cherry shrimp
Flora: Rotala Rotundifolia?, sagittaria subulata, riccia fluitans, and glossostigma elantinoides
Substrate: Regular gravel
Co2: None
Ferts: None

















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I can't tell if your gravel is too large or if it is just the tank. You may want to switch to something smaller, in a tank that small it looks like boulders. A 50/50 bulb isn't doing you a lot of good. Although you have like 7 WPG in a small tank the rules change. Maybe try those 6500K screw-in CF bulbs everyone is talking about. I don't think 10 watts is above the minimum threshold (read Rex's guide) to grow high light plants like glosso and riccia, and ditto for keeping your rotala reddish. Try to add some Flourish Excel, it will help a lot. Also, do any of the major chains like Petsmart or Petco carry the Oceanfree tank? I don't think my LFS has it. BTW, how are you keeping your riccia tied down?
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The gravels appear big but they're not as big as they seem. The Oceanfree tank, I got them from Petco during their liquidation sale a couple months ago. The riccia is tied down by using two plastic canvas mesh and fishing line. I tried stapling them together but the staples rusted, go figure. Yeah, the 50/50 bulb doesn't work as great because actinic is use for saltwater tanks, not freshwater.
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Things are looking better now with the riccia tied to the rocks.

They're right about the substrate. If you ever find something with smaller grain size, swap it out. And the light as well.

If you decide to dose Excel (you should), dose 2 drops every day. I used to dose 3 drops a day but I think that was too much of an overdose, the plants were growing but were pale in color. I reduced the dosage to 2 drops and the plants started greening up nicely. Each of "my" drops contained .06ml I think.

You have a highly desired glass tank there and you have a good start at filling it in. First planted tanks always seem to "evolve" as we learn. I had to change/replace pretty much everything I had done when I started and couldn't keep plants alive

But my second tank, that was easy because I knew how to start it off right.

"Insanity: doing [or asking] the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
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