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NanoJimbos Dorm 5.5 :: UPDATE 9/21 ::

alright here's the newest tank ive set up. ive set this up in Sandburg hall dorms at uw Milwaukee

equipment:

- aga 5.5 tank ( yes i downgraded from the ada - im not going to let that nice of a tank go through the troubles of college)

- zoomed 501 filter

- Wall mart heater

- diy c02

- green leaf diffuser

- Hampton bay 27 watt light

Set up:

- sand taken from pond across from my house

- rocks from my previous ada tank

- flourish root tabs

Plants:

- dwarf chain sword

- amazon sword

- java fern

- java moss

Fish:

1 male endler
1 male guppy/platy hybrid
2 Otos
3 rasbora

Others:

1 apple snail ( pete)
shrimp? ( soon to come)

Mission:

create a carpet of dwarf chain swords through out the entire tank

keep the tank running until my last day at uwm as a freshman!


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Nice. plan for background?
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haha i have the same exact filter and light in my 7 gallon tank.
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i just plan on using the white background from the dorm wall, yes i have to move all the crap that's behind there but we'll see what i can do in my free time when im really to be doing homework, studying, or going to class
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picked up a huge amount of plants from home this weekend ( i took 2 huge handfuls of dwarf chain sword from my dads 20g l ) i also picked up some money wart and some fanwart... lets see how this all turns out! i will be putting up some pics once i get back to Milwaukee tomorrow!
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alright so i just got back to Milwaukee tonight... im exhausted. car broke down about 2 blocks from campus.... walked back with 50 pounds of laundry, laptop,backpack, and a suitcase full of clothes. in otherwords... ill give u pictures... too tired to talk.... aghhhh



two massive clumps of chain sword. bright green and very healthy.



divided the chain sword clumps out by using a scissors


update of complete tank. put only 1 stem of moneywort in the left side. moved the java fern into the front left. then arranged the fanwart to the middle back and to the back right.

chain swords covering the whole foreground of the tank, hopefully it will grow throughout the whole tank!

please feel free to give me your input on the tank! i need help getting all these plants arranged in good fashion!

cheers!(even tho im exhausted)
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Looking good, I like it. The chain sword will look really nice when it grows in and fills the front.

What kind of light is the hampton bay 27W you have for this tank? Is that a PC screw in kind?
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Looking good, I like it. The chain sword will look really nice when it grows in and fills the front.

What kind of light is the hampton bay 27W you have for this tank? Is that a PC screw in kind?
Its a compact fluorescent light . One of those 4 bulb wide ones. I had the same light, heater and filter on my 2.5 gallon. Small world . Worked great and you can't beat the price .

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Funny thing with the home theftpot light, they do not carry replacement lamps at least out here. Lowes however does......stupid chain stores.

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yeah, i love the light tho, it gets the job done for everyone here that uses it for nanos. the light is probably the most popularly used light by us nano-ers haha
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hey how did you fit the light behind the tank? i think i have the same light and it has a huge base.
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the light just fits behind by luck, i have a really deep desk that it sits on. i would love to mod the bottom of the light to make a more flush fit over the tank
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yeah thats what i want to do. just need to find out how. i really like your tank, im new to the planted tanks so i was wondering if the chain swords are common. ive never seen them before.
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they are kind of difficult to find in some areas but a lot of people don't grow them considering the fact that pygmy chain swords are notorious for algae growth.

ive found when keeping co2 regular and dosing Fe (iron) or K2O (potash) the plants thrive very well.
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