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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-05-2006, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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5 Gallon Hex Pics

Tank has been established for about 3 months now. Just added an Amano shrimp.

-5 Gallon Hex
-1/2 Flourite
-1/2 Aquarium Black Sand
-Aquaclear 20 w/ only Sponge
-Heater w/ temp at 78

-23w spiral CF

-1 Amano Shrimp
-3 Ghost Shrimp
-VT Betta
-Pepper Cory Catfish
-2 Baby Ramshorn Snails
-1 Otocinclus

I had a lot of algae a month ago and added two Otos. One of them died, even with a food (wafers+algae) after two weeks and the other is looking fine. Then about a week ago I added an Amano (Caridina Japonia) and now 99% of the algae is gone.

Tank cover has been propped up with a fan blowing at it because it has consistently been getting around 84-86 degrees in the afternoon. With the fan on temp goes down to around 80-82.

Mystery Plant

Banana Plant and Lilaeopsis

Lilaeopsis and Otocinclus

Banana Plant
Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis
Marimo (Moss Ball)
Unknown/Mystery Plant

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Biweekly .5ml Flourish

Anyways, I have a question about the lights. What will happen if I retrofit a 30+ watt spiral into the hood if the hood is only meant to hold 15w? I've already had the 23w for 2 months and it seems to work fine without any problems.

As for the plants, everything is growing under the 23w, but I thought that I might need more light. I've already got the lilaeopsis growing horizontally, but was hoping to get enough light so it might grow a little faster.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-06-2006, 02:55 AM
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mystery plant...

Hey there!

Your mystery plant looks pretty much like "Vallisnera nana" to me.
It's a very thin form of val. Actually, not very easy to get, in my part of the world.

Anyhow, it's a beautiful plant once mature and definately the right choice for val in a nano tank..

Hope that helps.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-06-2006, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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That's funny because V. Nana seems to originate in Australia.


But nonetheless I think you may be right about the plant.
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Hey there!

Didn't know that it is an australian plant... maybe from some tropical corner up north... hehe.

I just bought the very same plant about 2 weeks ago, but have never seen it around before..
Thats why i recognized it!

Btw, gratulations, you've got a nice nano tank going there.
You will find though, that Banana liles are not really suitable for nano tanks. It will block all the light out when it matures.

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Yeah, I figured as much from other looking around the forum, but I've had the plant for about half a year now so I figure I can always just prune it. If not, I had a ten gallon I can toss it into.

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