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5 Gallon Java Paradise

Hey guys I'm getting back into the hobby after almost a year from what I thought was gonna be my last tank I'm back!! I got the tank for free on Craigslist and the light is a finnex planted plus I got used for a good price. Filter is a aquaclear 30 no heater in the tank since I live in San Diego it never gets too cold. Im keeping only Java ferns and moss in this tank. I'm still playing around with a scape was never really good at that ??
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Here's the tank

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I think it looks great, but I am no expert...
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I added some needle leaf Java fern and some thread leaf Java fern to the tank.
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Looks great! What are you planning to keep, cherry shrimp?


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My current project, a 65 gallon aquarium stocked with vernal pool fauna.
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Looks great! What are you planning to keep, cherry shrimp?
Yeah it's gonna be a shrimp tank Im just gonna add a few more plants and it'll be ready for livestock. im still debating wether I should go high tech and get co2 and ferts because the light im using is pretty high light
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Tank is looking good. No signs of algae. Dosing pps pro and excel. Almost ready for shrimp

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that looks great, whats the little guy swimming in the pic?

is this just a standard 5.5?


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that looks great, whats the little guy swimming in the pic?

is this just a standard 5.5?
That's a tetra I'm gonna move him to another tank. It's a standard 5.5 tank although I wish I would've got a 10 gallon so I can have more space for plants
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Black neon tetra. One of my favorite tetras! I'd get a few more of them as well as the shrimp. They school nicely! Or some glowlight or, neon tetras.
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Trimmed the tank down today the Java ferns are growing faster than ever and multiplying. Might trim the moss down too soon

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Good job. Funny how we think that "we're done with the hobby" yet come back year(s) later. I too am back from a 2 year hiatus. Saw the new tech with LEDs, plummeting prices of quality glassware and equip, and just how many people are now interested in the hobby. I like your setup, not too demanding, simple, yet lush with green. Keep up with updates!
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Great looking little setup! I have a 20oz paintball tank that I'm not using and may be upgrading to a different regulator because I'm going to add a second tank and want to use the same bottle/regulator. If you want to go CO2 I may have some items you can use. I stopped using the paintball tank because the only place to fill it was at Dick's on Sports Arena and it's a drive for me from East County.

Where do you plan to get your shrimp? I just picked some up at Pet Kingdom, it's the only place I'll buy plants and fish from in San Diego. I think Thursday is their stocking day and the good stuff seems to go pretty fast.


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Nice tank! How long has it been planted?

The plants you have in this tank are the two that I've had some trouble keeping in the past, even though they're some of the easiest to grow plants...
My java fern always melted back when I started my first planted tank 10 years ago, could never get it to grow even though I kept other beginner plants like Jungle Val and Anubias (both of which are still growing strong in my tanks and much of them have been sold or given to others) and my Java Moss always has hair algae in it. It never looks good and every time I pull algae out I'm removing more Moss than what is growing.

Your tank has pretty impressive growth, and you seem not to have algae problems...what substrate are you using? Looks like some sort of planted tank substrate, you should have some plants to take advantage of it...I'd suggest a foreground planting of Crypt parva, it's a perfect root-feeder for a low tech tank and would make a nice lawn over time if you trimmed the moss to give it a little room...

This looks like a great home for shrimp, they should reproduce pretty well in there, plenty of hiding spots for babies.

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Am I the only one who doesn't see a picture?
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