5 gallon nano
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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