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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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my ugly 5.5 tank :)

I started my tank 40 days ago





and now





I started with hc at the begining and 5 days ago finally i get hairgrass
7\24 diy co2
27 watt desklamp 6500k from home depot
black kuartz soil
elite mini filter 3.3 watt
50 watt heater
fert. florish, iron, potassium
5 neon tetra 5 rcs 1 blue ram 1 oto

Im still tryin to find zebra rocks in Houston .
And i think i have a snail problem i need to kill them .
Any suggestions for the tank and the snails?
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I like your tank. The hc has really started filling in well and the hairgrass looks good. I have nerite snails in my tanks and love them. No reproduction in freshwater though they will lay eggs from time to time and they're great at eating algae. I was at Home Depot today looking for a light but didn't find anything like you have. If I had I would have grabbed it. That's a nice looking one. As far as ridding your tank of snails, you can try picking them out or trapping them by using weighted lettuce which you can remove in the mornings and trash with the snails. I don't know if any snail eating loaches would stay small enough for a 5.5 gallon and I have no experience keeping dwarf puffers.
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am i missing the ugly part?? tank looks great!!


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Thanx for the comments

I paid 20$ for the light it works great.
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Looks good, any hardscape on the way?

Why is your bubble counter inside the tank?


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That doesn't look ugly at all dude. Some healthy growth going on there!
Might want to slide some kind of divider in there between the grass and HC if you don't want them to mingle.


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Looks good, any hardscape on the way?

Why is your bubble counter inside the tank?
Im using the red sea duffusor it comes with the integrated buble counter and check valf.
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Why is your tank sitting on the carpet?
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Im using the red sea duffusor it comes with the integrated buble counter and check valf.
What kind of bubble size do you get? I think they would be large? Thus not getting diffused properly.


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What kind of bubble size do you get? I think they would be large? Thus not getting diffused properly.
Its really hard to see the bubbles they are really tiny
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Why is your tank sitting on the carpet?
I wanna put it under my 20 gallon but i thing stand not gonna hold it its really thin.

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What kind of snails do you have? If its anything but MTS you can add a dwarf puffer. I have 2 dwarfs and they are both very different. I have a male that is quite timid and a female that is very easy going. Your best bet would be a female and it should be fine with the other fish, then again it depends on the puffer since all have different personalities. If you were to get a DP then your snails would be gone in a day or two easily.
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DP is a good idea but i cant take out my other fishes and shrimps.
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Nice growth you have going there! Yes I think some rocks will probably add some nice textures and contrast to the tank. As for the snails, if you don't want to put any puffers or loaches in, you can just put a piece of boiled vegetable in as bait and wait for the snails to all come munch on it before taking in all out with the snails. However, if the snail population isn't too out of control, I think you really don't have to do anything about it as they probably help clean up the algae around the tank real nicely.

Looking forward to see how the tank goes!
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You got an UGLY Tank!!!

U - Unique
G - Great
L - Lovely
Y- YES!!!

I do agree you should get some hardscape, rocks or driftwood to seperate the hairgrass and HC.

BTW it looks like you have alot of plugs going into one inlet. Try to find a GFI electrial strip instead. They are much safer than those multiple plug-in things.


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