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PhiShYz 5.5 Nano Journal ~New Pics agian 4/14!!!

Well today I went out and bought my 5.5 for my nano. So here's the specs.

Tank: AGA 5.5gallon
Lighting: Desktop Lamp 26watt CF
Filtration: Whisper 10 HOB (Already had it so I mind as well put it to use)
Substrate: Amazonia II - Powder
Co2: DIY 2Litter Bottle -yeast mixture
Heater: 50watt Mini Elite Heater
Plants: HC + Dwarf Hairgrass + Java Moss/Fern
Decor: Zebra Rock; Bogroot
Fish: 2 Dwarf Puffers
Dosing: Excel - dose as directed
Inverts- Snails for the puffers to snack on

Well today I painted the back on the tank black, I also painted the lamp black, which suprisignly turned out well. I ordered the substrate and heater tonight. Here's a few pictures so far:






Here's the rocks

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Looks like it's gonna be great! I really like the rock setup.

Kind of a noob question, but what kind of paint do you use to paint the back of the tank? Up until now I've always used the reverse side of backgrounds haha.
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Thank you!
I used to do that as well, but you can use spray paint. It's Krylon spray paint made to bond with plastic but works well on glass as well.
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Nice start but dont use excel with shrimps.
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Nice start but dont use excel with shrimps.
I think if you read around on the different threads here many people have had experiences dosing excel w/ shrimp in the tanks with the shrimp being perfectly fine.

I did double excel dosage for a week and my RCS and amanos were perfectly fine AFAIK.
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I think if you read around on the different threads here many people have had experiences dosing excel w/ shrimp in the tanks with the shrimp being perfectly fine.

I did double excel dosage for a week and my RCS and amanos were perfectly fine AFAIK.
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I just started dosing excel on a shrimp (CRS & RCS) tank for 2 weeks and they are all fine.
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cool, im running the same size tank, cant wait for updates.
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Thanks for all the pointers, constructive criticism, and compliments! Trev you'll have to keep me updated on your tank
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Well today I was considering taking off the top rim. That way I can fill this thing to the top sor a more slek look and better viewing. What do you guys think??
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I would suggest NOT taking off the rim though it will definately look better without one. Taking off the rim is a pain and you have a very high chance of breaking the glass (rim is siliconed to the glass) while taking it off. Plus, I wouldn't take a rim off a tank over 2.5g since 5.5 is a lot of weight resting on glass that does not have any upper support. Keep in mind that each gallon is roughly 8 pounds so 5.5g is about 44 lbs. Then you have the substrate and filter adding additional weight.

Thats just my opinion though, but do what you want. If it works out, it will be pretty cool.
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Yes that is all true this is a very logical way of putting it. I guess it is a risk, but it has been done
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Ive done it on a 10 gallon with no problem Im also gonna remove the rim of of a 10inch cube, just fill it before adding anything to make sure its water tight.

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I also use excel with shrimp and have had absolutely no problems.

Instead of rummy's or cardinals, consider neons. I find the rummy's that we have in out 75 gallon are very active and need a lot of space. I think they'd be cramped in a 5.5.

In my 5.5 I've had guppies, neons, platys, otos, corys and now, a lone betta.
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Well I took off the rim today. It took 3 hours But it worked! I filled it twice just to make sure it was water tight. I'll post some pictures later once it's up and running (as soon as my substrate comes).
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I hope to see what the tank looks like with the zebra rocks! Also just to add I am part of the shrimp community and anted to add that dosing excel does in fact take a toll on your shrimp. Of course there are many other variables but it does effect them and slowly depletes there life time. It may not kill them at once but over time they will sooner or later die.
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