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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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5.5 gallon tank with petirfied wood scape

Actually had this tank set up over 2 month ago, but something happened and I didn't have time to do any planting until now. (I just left the tank with water + substrate + filter running for 2 months without any light or plant)

Layer 1: small amount of peat + root tabs
Layer 2: .75" Flourite Black (regular size)
Layer 3: 1" Flourite Black Sand

Hardscape only consist of a few piece of petrified wood I found at LFS.

Filter: Zoo Med 501 canister filter

Plant: HC cuba only as ground cover for now

Fauna: Planning to have shrimps only and maybe a few oto cat + spotted rasboras, but I won't put in any livestock until the plant start to fill in, so that I don't have to worry about over dosing ferts / excel for the livestock.

Nothing particularly interesting on this tank. I try to keep the scape simple without much hiding spot, so I can see the shrimp better. The last 3 gallon tank I had with shrimp, they are alway hiding in the hairgrass at the back.

I used HC stem clipping from my established 3 gallon tank to plant this new tank https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...k-journal.html Unlike the last time, I am only starting with very little amount of HC.

Lighting is a 23watts CF daylight flood lamp for now

I might change the scape or add more plant later depending on how things turn out.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 11:02 PM
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Very nice use of the stones! I use polished petrified wood in my tanks. I haven't seen anything as nice as your landscape-style (mini mountain looking) stones, though jasper comes close (I like the red color). I always check each nice-looking rocks before buying (at Mama's Minerals in Albuquerque) to make sure there are no sharp, jagged or rough edges or sides that might hurt a fast-moving fish that might accidently run into it. If there's a stone I must have that has a possible hazard, I think "can I put this jagged-side down and does the rest of the rock look fine?" and if yes, I'll get it. You may be able to plant/tie java fern to the rocks.
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I really like to use petrified wood in my scape's too. The large piece is very nice. I like the ZooMed 501 which I also use in my 8 gal. You need to keep the hoses clean they seem to clog up quite often and slow down the flow in my setup. What kind of fish are you planning on?

I wish you good luck with your scape.

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it's been close to a month. The tank was doing better than I expect!

The few HC stem I planted individually probably 5x in quantity and are starting to form a nice carpet

There are virtually no sign of algae (touch wood)
There are however, some "light brown" things on the plant. Not sure what it is, but they are easily removable and isn't really growing.

No fauna in the tank yet except a few pond snail that came with the plant.

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