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Hey guys. Setup my dorm tank and was teetering between a reef and planted since I do both at home, but due to cost and such and since it's in a dorm I went with the planted tank.

So far its been running for 4 days and has a whisper 10 without carbon running (so I don't have to worry about the breakdown causing phosphates), a small preset tetra heater (needs to be replaced its running the tank at 90F/ 35C), and a CPR 18w light unit. So far its planted with some rotalla indica, some rare bacopa which the name eludes me, some chain swords, cryptocornes wentii and a piece of african driftwood with some java moss I had growing in a pre-cultured tank.

Due to the lighting being on for 8-10 hours a day the rotalla is now growing its new red buds from the great lighting (which I still may up) and I have been putting small doses of flourish excel daily with flourish going in every other or every 3. Lucky for me I decided to QT the fish at home till I got everything running and cause of this heat from the heater I am glad I waited. The plants seem to love it though! I was thinking of also putting some glosso or some babytears in the tank once I can find a nice bunch/pot of them. Oh, the substrate I forgot to mention was the new flourish black sand. It looks hot in this tank with the bright flora.

I might over stock this thing just a little, but I have 6 pygmy corries that I was looking to put in with 2-3 ottos. I just can't find any nice mid swimmers to put in. Since I work at a tropical fish store I have a good selection that I can debate over putting in while I'm working there. So far I was looking at a small school of golden cardinal tetras, or a trio of some flashing rainbows. But I'm not to sure. I want something vibrant that will accent the tank nicely, any ideas?

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Rummy nose tetras add a nice flash of color to the tank.

We need pics!

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I will try to get a photo with my web cam tonight. Rummy nose I want to stay away from, just cause they seem to generic and I find they suit larger tanks cause bigger their schools the more flash they have.
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I forgot to mention that the water is temporarily alkaline, 7.5 close to 8. Also, the phospates are at 2 ppm. I was going to use seachems discus buffer to bring it down to 6.8 or so. Any recomendations for buffer before I go out and buy some? I'm trying to stay away from phosphate based buffers such as neutral regulator and proper ph products. Also, I am trying to stay away from the acid and alkaline buffers from seachem just for ease, I use them at home and love them, just don't have the time to do all that precise measuring while taking 7 college classes monday to friday lol.

In addition due to the phosphates from the tap I will probably slip a seachem phosguard pad in.
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Basic idea of the tank so far:


I might put another cluster of rotalla to the left of the current one and some short baby tears to the front of the driftwood with java moss. Also if I can find some Pogostemon stellatus I would love to move that bacopa on the right somewhere to put some of that in.
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How would some CRS do in here? Any ideas of how many to stock? I was thinking of some amanos too, but I don't want to over stock too far.


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Anyone local to Maryland have any RCS or CRS that they are willing to sell so I could stock the tank with some?


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Looks like it'll be beautiful when it grows in... speaking of which, all your plants are gonna need a lot of trimming. Good luck with the upkeep.
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So far I added a ton more chain swords so the bottom of the tank is more filled out. Another bunch of rotalla indica was added next to the current one. As for the bacopa I think it might be time to look for another thing to fill that spot. I tried bidding on stuff at a local fish organizations meeting/auction but prices go too ridiculously high.

As for fish there is a reaaaally bright apisto macmasterii male with a female apisto borellii. They have been happily residing there for over a week now. The 3 amanos have disappeared though. Only the odd one comes out. I was thinking of removing that wood and put a more flatter stone with some phoenix moss or does anyone else have any ideas?


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