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Post Update-5 gallon desktop aquarium

I thought I would show my low tech 5 gallon rimless aquarium that is on my desk.
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Thank you
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nice, I like the scape.


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Thanks Kevin.
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Its a beaut. Im impressed with how you got the hairgrass to carpet with lowlight and no CO2

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Its a beaut. Im impressed with how you got the hairgrass to carpet with lowlight and no CO2
Thank you... I was surprised too. It started as an experiment...but it's starting to look really good... It just takes a long time to establish.. I started this tank back in August... I also noticed baby tears spreading across the substrate on the left hand side... I guess I left some roots behind from a previous scape.
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How long has it been setup? I'd like to get more detail on your initial startup! Very nice!
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How long has it been setup? I'd like to get more detail on your initial startup! Very nice!
since August 20th with the hair grass.. I tried baby tears first, and that didn't go extremely well so pulled them out. I guess i left a few behind..because now i have a them starting to spread low on the substrate(left side of the tank).

Substrate- Flourite red-mixed with some sand

Lighting- 13W CFL Bulb in a normal desk lamp

Filtration- Fluval Nano Aquarium Filter

Ferts/C02-Use flourish excel and flourish liquid fertilizers (but I honestly keep forgetting to use them)

I do very basic maintenance ie. water changes, pruning, cleaning the glass...I do not clean the substrate I just let the vegetation and waste decompose for the plants etc. I generally try and leave the tank to do it's own thing and naturalize. The aquatic life is responding really well, natural behaviours, mating and vibrant colours etc.

The aquarium is stocked with...

6x boraras brigittae

4x Golden bee shrimp

2x cherry shrimp

2x oto cats

1x rams horn snail

1x orphan harlequin Rasbora
- will be introducing him into a new school when I can. he was just the last survivor in my old 10 gallon.

And a ton of pond snails...Mistake made by me.. but the population goes up and down naturally, and I don't mind them too much.

Plants are...

Cabomba- very easy and nice looking plant.

Dwarf hair grass- I think i'm just getting lucky on this one lol... Starting to spread well now

Dwarf baby tears- I must have left some roots or something behind in the substrate because they just started showing up and are slowly spreading out low to the substrate.(nice little surprise)

dwarf sword

I think that covers most of it. It's slow going, but it's interesting to watch develop.. offers me a small break when i'm working.
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I really like this tank. It's awesome looking!
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I really like this tank. It's awesome looking!
Thank you. I enjoy working next to it haha.
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OMG, that's gorgeous. I'm jealous. I love my tank, but I'm still jealous.
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OMG, that's gorgeous. I'm jealous. I love my tank, but I'm still jealous.
Wow, thank you for the kind words! Every tank has it's own appeal. For example... i saw your 5 gallon tank, and it is also stunning.
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really love the tank setup, great driftwood, very natural looking


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really love the tank setup, great driftwood, very natural looking
Thank you, the more natural the better in my opinion.
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