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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-19-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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2.6G Fluval nano suggestions

Hello, I've been thinking for the past few months of joining a forum so I can get some feedback on a tank I have. So here I am.

I've been doing this for only about 8 months now, first with a 10 gallon. But then this past summer I decided to make a nano shrimp tank.

There is currently only 2 RCS in the tank atm, need to get more.

The large plant is an anubias I had from the 10 gallon that I decided really didn't fit well in it, so I moved it to the nano. Sure enough, it started to grow pretty quickly. I know it really isn't a nano plant, but it looks ok. Then you can see the java moss on the wood, some java ferns, and some water sprite.

I'm contemplating on starting a moss carpet, maybe in front of the anubias and on the opposite corner where the rock with the java fern is (and get rid of most of the water sprite). Another thing was maybe cutting off the back leaves of the anubias and putting it all the way to the back (it's currently more towards the middle).

So, feel free to let the suggestions fly!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-22-2014, 09:14 PM
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You'll achieve a better aesthetic with this tank if you're able to get smaller plants. If possible, I would recommend replacing the Anubias with Anubias nana or nana petite, and putting some small stem plants along the back (small rotala spp. or pearl weed are options). I think I remember there being a species of val that only gets 6-8" tall that would work as a background also, but I can't remember the name of it.

Java moss generally makes a poor carpet, though it can be done with a lot of trimming. It tends to grow upward and outward and look more like a very leggy bush. Fissidens moss, Xmas moss, or even a split and flattened marimo ball would be better. Another option for either a foreground carpet or midground is crypt parva, though it can get slightly big for a tank that size.

If you do want to try a carpet, you should start from the back and work your way forward, if that makes sense. Like, if you want to just to a small patch of carpet, try putting it between the rock and the driftwood. Or simply cover all of the free space along the bottom of the tank sparsely and wait for it to fill in.

I really like the way your driftwood looks, and with some time and effort, this will turn into a great little nano tank. Good luck!
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Thanks. I went along with my plan before I read this hahaha. And I read there are better mosses for carpets, but I'll see how it looks first. I left some space in the front free so the carpet doesn't take up all the free space, and took all but the tallest bit of water sprite out. Once the water clears up I'll post a pic.
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All right, sounds like a good start. Looking forward to pics.
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I decided to wait a week to see what the moss would do. Here's the tank.

Bump: And here's the moss coming up from the canvas.
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Good luck with the carpet!

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It's looking good so far. My suggestion is just play around and experiment. Don't get tied down to one idea this is your first nano so figure out what you like by trying lots of things! With such a small space it's cheap to replant frequently.
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That looks really nice. I agree about the java moss. I could never get it to stay down properly. It always gets all stringy..
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That looks really nice. I agree about the java moss. I could never get it to stay down properly. It always gets all stringy..
keep hacking it back. it gets bushier over time

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That's my plan, just keeping the growth even to give the other strands a chance to grow. I put a couple of nerites from a 10 gallon I have in there. They made quick work of the algae on that large rock and are working on the anubias leaves.
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