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4 Gallon Finnex

I never really posted much about this tank. It seems to be a favorite with many who see all my tanks. I did not get pre set-up pics...but here are the ones I have.This tank was set up in Jan 08'.
It comes as a kit with a finnex filter, and 13 wt PC light. I added a 50 wt stealth heater. Substrate is sand, eco complete, and a little florabase. It gets dosed with excel and Seachem's other product line in small amounts. This tank gives me no issues with algae, which is great.
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I have used this sand over the years in many tanks. It is very fine and white. Made by estes and sold at Petland as marine sand. It tends to float until it gets some bacteria in it. So I did this slowly and carefully.

The foil was put in between the gravel and sand, and then above, so water would not disturb it much.





If you look close you can see the sand floating..


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Most recent, need to take a new pic.


This tank has olive nerites and blue tiger shrimp.
Best pic I have..
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i love this tank


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very nice, That sand is cool lookin. looks like you changed some plants around a little over time. That moss really took off!!


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Thanks guys!
Just took these..time for a trim soon.



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very nice, That sand is cool lookin. looks like you changed some plants around a little over time. That moss really took off!!
Yes, I learned some plants did not do well and some just did not look right. That flame moss is awesome. The new test plant is limno aromatica. Naturally I cannot get the colors some of these plants would have with CO2 and higher lighting. But I have learned to appreciate their different shapes, and the colors they do have, as long as they look healthy.
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Your tank has past puberty and reached maturity in my view. Once you trim that plant BEARD it will just grow back over and over again. That reminds me I need to replace the blade on my razor

I also have a 4 Gallon Finnex but have not had the motivation to set it up yet but just got inspiration looking at yours! Could you please let me know if the tank is dosed with anything or is it a self sustaining ecosystem, besides the food you add that is.


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Such a sweet little setup! The little wisps of hairgrass are nice, and that flame moss is great too!

Geez, now I want to get my other Finnex set up


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Wow, nice tank waterfaller1! It puts mine to shame.
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Thank you all for saying such nice comments. This tank is a bit wild, but I like it that way. My intention was to make it look natural, like a cove near a sandy beach.I think it may be a good place to get a few healthy plants going for the new tank. I did make a grave mistake with this tank. One day I got a little heavy handed with the excel, and killed several of my blue tigers. I have to be very careful on dosing amounts, and tend to dose towards the lighter side, or some days not much at all.

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Could you please let me know if the tank is dosed with anything or is it a self sustaining ecosystem, besides the food you add that is.
Hi Richard. I dose this tank using the Seachem dosing chart as a guide. I dose their full line, excel, iron, flourish, trace, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. In very small increments, using a 1 ML syringe.
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good job waterfaller1 , this tank looks great ,i got the same tank 4 gallon.
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what is the stuff in the back left i want some for my tank when its set up


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Thanks for the compliment fjc! Nate..{ok if I call you just nate, right.. } I forget..yikes, I should have kept a list of plants. Let me see if I can find out by looking back at my posts.
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Mayaca fluviatilis is what it is, it was gorgeous when I got it, {the 9th pic}
The person I got it from was most likely using CO2.
EDIT:I messed up..I think the plant in question is actually rotala wallichi.

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thanks you can call me nate haha it still looks great in your tank


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