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3 Gallon planted HOB setup

I've setup yet another tank, but only because my last one was destroyed. We had to move so allot of my supplies are still in boxes.

For this setup I used my converted reef tank as a freshwater setup.

From this:
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to this:

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Inhabitants include the lone surviving offspring of my mated CPD pair and a bunch of Ramshorn snails.

I bought an Aquatop 3D HOB filter


My Betta from my pond inhabited it temporarily while I re-setup his pond.


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More updates coming soon!


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What's the plants in hob?


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Penny Wort (grows well immersed) some clippings off a Wandering Jew plant (i.e. Zebrina pendula) and some other house plant clipping.


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Weekend update: Pico planted tank

Good Morning everyone!

I'm so glad to have woken up to rain! California sure does need it, plus rainy days are my favorite

The pictures from my 1st post were when I just set up the tank. That was probably 2 months ago. Now I have current pics and the tank has really grown!


The tank now sits on my desk. Makes for a nice little distraction.


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As you can see the plants in the filter have really taken off!

I'll try to list what I have in the filter:

-Hydrocotyle leucocephala
-Tradescantia zebrina
-Euphorbia tirrucalli
-some other house plant I have no name for...


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Snails and my lonely CPD are the current residents of this tank. The Betta was moved back to the pond now that its been all setup after the move.

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The plants have exploded since I took these pictures a week ago, and I'll be adding a few more plants by tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates!


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Wow! I love this tank. It is very fun to look at and the plants in the filter add a lot of grace to it. The plant colors are also very good. Bright greens and red tones. Love it.


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Tank video

I almost forgot, but I did a video for this tank.


check it out here ==>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0J4psTROXw


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Lovely setup, happy to see more people planting HOBs, ripariums ftw!!!
If it's not gotten there yet be mindful of the wondering jew (Tradescantia zebrina) as it grow its stem is not strong enough to stabilize it and it will sag, may end up under water if you don't trim it and the leaves can't be submerged (melt real fast). My wondering jew grew faster than my pothos and all other house plants converted for riparium growth.

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What light/CO2 setup are you running?
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Beautiful setup, love the plants in the filter as well.

p.s. snail's shell looks like it has a lot of erosion, should prob take him out before he dies and pollutes the water!
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Beautiful setup, love the plants in the filter as well.

p.s. snail's shell looks like it has a lot of erosion, should prob take him out before he dies and pollutes the water!
I was actually thinking the same thing too 6 months ago but he's actually gaining back calcium growth. he just kinda looks a mess compared to the others


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What light/CO2 setup are you running?
Light: Finnex Fugeray II

CO2: AQUATEK CO2 Regulator Mini with a Spyder paint 20oz ball tank


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question for you, that looks like a Marineland Contour, why did you put in a HOB filter instead of using the built in overflow/sump? Just curious


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took out back chamber, hated it

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question for you, that looks like a Marineland Contour, why did you put in a HOB filter instead of using the built in overflow/sump? Just curious
Hi sharko,

yes this is the Marineland Contour. I pulled the back wall out due to coraline growth because I had this set up as a reef before. I really didn't like the chamber design for this tank so I was glad to be rid of it. Now there's so much more room for growth! Plus the HOB filter is soooo much easier to clean than the previous back chamber set up.

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Nice looking hydrocotyle. Are you going to keep it trimmed back or let it take over the whole front?
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I love the plants in the filter...want to do that myself but I have a rather destructive cat who would probably eat the plants. He already tries to play with the water when I tried to leave it uncovered. I just know I would come home and find the plants on the floor half chewed and a puddle around the tank because he played in the waterfall.

I love your betta pond btw. I need to get my hands on some indian almond leaves now that I have a betta again.

5.5 gal tank with one Betta named Sid Fishious
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