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5 Gallon - A work in progress...

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Lighting: Finnex 26w fixture off Ebay

Substrate: ADA 'Malaya' Powder

Hardscape (so far): x2 ADA Hornwood pieces (xs)

Plants: Anubia Nana 'Petite', lilaeopsis brasiliensis, just added Duckweed too to help bring the light levels down.
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Nice and simple, I like it.

75G, 29G, 20L, 12L, 10G, 5 Nano's, 3 Betta bowls


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Looks good Daniel, how do you like those stick-on thermometers? Worth it?
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Looks good Daniel, how do you like those stick-on thermometers? Worth it?
The thermometer serves its purpose...lol. This particular one gives me a 2 margin. I've yet to encounter any issues so long as it is unobstructed.
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One more pic wouldn't hurt....i'm dying to get some inhabitants into it.

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I have that same 5G tank in my garage and was thinking about cleaning it out. What Finnex light are you using?
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I'm not dosing any CO2, and don't really plan to. We'll see what happens. Otherwise, i'll invest in some DHG.
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Really beautiful! What are you thinking of stocking it with?
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I have that same 5G tank in my garage and was thinking about cleaning it out. What Finnex light are you using?
It's the Finnex 26w Epoch Cliplight. So far, i like it.
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Really beautiful! What are you thinking of stocking it with?
I'm thinking it's going to be a shrimp tank as soon as i can get the plants right. I added some duckweed but apparently the filter likes to force it underwater, causing it all to get stuck in the Blyxxa Aubertii.
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What is the brand of that tank. I like the shape.
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Nice lay out for shrimp, lots of viewing room.
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Man I love what you did with that tank. I have this tank setup as my puffer tank but I hate it. You actually made it into a viable planted tank by replacing the stock filter and lighting. After I finish getting all my other tanks setup I am most likely going to do something similar so my puffer can have more plants to enjoy.

BTW whoever has this tank and is still using the stock hood be careful of how your cables come out of the back. I force a loop at the top and tape it to the top of the hood to prevent siphoning from the tank. It ruined my brand new floors after a move due to a slow drip coming down the cables.

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What is the brand of that tank. I like the shape.
It's a Marineland Eclipse 5. Haven't seen one in a store in a long time but see them on craigslist for dirt cheap and free sometimes.


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Thanks everyone for the positive remarks! I'm still in the trial and error period as I'm not entirely sure that the Blyxxa Aubertii will even make it without carbon supplementation (CO2). I do have some Flourish Excel laying around that I could start dosing. I've just go more than enough dry ferts lying around that it has evolved into somewhat of a chore making sure each tank gets what it needs on certain days.

BTW, I've noticed that I've got my first bit of GSA showing up on the front of the tank. I've upped my phosphate levels as a result and will update as time progresses.

Hopefully the cycling process will settle out soon so I can get some inhabitants into it.

On a side note, I purchased a new Agassizii male to go in my main 20 gallon tank, and moved my Tefe female in to this tank so he could get acclimated. But within an hour I came back to the kitchen to find that she had jumped out. Darn!

The stock cover that this tank came with will not fit at this point because of the addition of the HOB filter. As soon as I can get a dremel kit I can cut the necessary hole to allow it to be used. Evaporation on this tank is somewhat of an issue too being that it is a somewhat small body of water. Avg temp of the tank is 78 and the house sits at about 70.
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