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2nd try at the nano 5g

After my 2.5 failed miserably and was over taken by algae in about 20 minutes i saved what plants i could and started this 5 gallon
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Is that glosso? Nice! I like the coloring of the plants.

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it is glosso yes

i forgot to pu the stats

27 watt flourecent coil bulb
normal gravel
whisper 10 filter

glosso
dwarf sag
java fern

2 plattys
3 ghost shrimp
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it is glosso yes

i forgot to pu the stats

27 watt flourecent coil bulb
normal gravel
whisper 10 filter

glosso
dwarf sag
java fern

2 plattys
3 ghost shrimp

wow thats extreme amounts of lighting, no wonder you got alge, try some shrimp or otos. or if you can afford it co2


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wow thats extreme amounts of lighting, no wonder you got alge, try some shrimp or otos. or if you can afford it co2
Agreed! Also, from what I have read from people who have set up similiar sized tanks with similiar lighting, they seemed to be able to get away with that much lighting and no algae by dosing Seachem Excel daily or every other day. Also, you need to have greater plant density if you hope to defeat algae long term or if greater plant density makes aquascaping difficult, at least consider 25% floating plants, like water lettuce.
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thanks for the advice i was thinking about using excel im also getting maybe 3 ottos. (if thats no to much) Also i was wondering any plant suggestions you think would be good for this tank. I want a few plants to go allong the back and something low in front of the rock. I am also planning to take out the dwarf sag once i find something to replace it with. it doesnt seem to be recovering from the first tank. i may even take out the java fern if i find something i like better. Any suggestions help. thanks ( also the picture was taken on my phone thats the reason for the crappy quality)
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I just purchased some Pearl Weed (Hemianthus micranthemoides) for a future 5 gallon setup. It is in a 40 gallon tank for now. Hopefully, the stupid Kribensis won't nibble it to death. I think it would look awesome in a 5 gallon as a foreground or mid-ground plant.

Other plants that I think would work well for a 5 gallon and look good include:

Asian ambulia(Limpnophilia Sessiliflora) as a background plant as it get grow quite long and leggy, but looks nice if kept trimmed.

Riccia fluitans or crystal worth tied to rocks as described here and used in the foreground or as a boarder around stem plants or driftwood.
http://www.projectaquarium.com/plant...arfRiccia.aspx

Ludwiga repens as a bacground plant

Rotala Indica as a background plant

Pygme Chain Sword or Echinodorus tenellus as a mid ground plant.

Crytocorne Wendtii(red to add some color).

And like I said 25% floating like water lettuce.

Any combination of these would work well. Plants you choose are really a matter of personal preference. These just reflect my personal preference for the 5 gallon I will be setting up.
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thanks for the suggestions. Do you think hc would be ok in there. I think it would look nice with the tiny leaves in the front then the bigger leaves of the glosso then to the big leaves of the ludwigia repens in the back. I also like the riccia but everywhere i looked said it needs co2
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HC really likes to have CO2 even DIY and Fourish Excel too.

HM (pearl weed) is a much better mid/ background plant in a 5g. I keep it in my Mini M as a focal plant. I do use HC as my main plant though for carpeting. Pressurized co2, daily excel and ferts with high lighting 27 watts over 5.15g

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...I also like the riccia but everywhere i looked said it needs co2
Riccia grows like a weed in my tanks. I have it in a 15 gallon ADA AS II tank with 46 watt fluorescent bulb lighting, DIY c02 and excel dosing. I also have riccia in a 10 gallon low tech tank with DIY c02 and only 20 watt compact fluorescent bulb lighting, It grows in
both tanks but grows much faster(floating and tied to rocks) in the 15 gallon tank. Some people have noticed that excel dosing melts riccia, but I have not experienced this. Also with pressurized c02 and high lighting, some people find that the riccia pearls and people like the look of pearling riccia in their aquascape. Bottom line, at least in my experience is that riccia will grow, but it will grow really slowly with low light. It may also do better with c02, pressurized or DIY c02.

Just out of curiosity, I tied some riccia on a stone and placed it in my 3 gallon low tech experimental ADA Aquasoil II tank(no c02, no ferts, but daily excel dosing) as per my signature, and surprisingly it is showing growth. It remains to be seen if it continues to grow and how densely it grows. That 3 gallon only has a 14 watt 6500K compact fluorescent daylight bulb providing light.
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I would like to try some DIY co2 because it seems to open up my choices for plants greatly but i am still very confused on the subject. if someone could give me a goo explanation or a link to one it would be greatly appreciated. As far as plants go for now i maybe want to try some wendtii. Im still looking for another plant for the background
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This is an excellent step by step on DIY c02. One thing that most people overlook is the importance of c02 diffusion.

This is a step by setup on buidling a super efficient c02 diffuser to work with your DIY c02.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...2-reactor.html

Hopefully, that helps you get started.
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that did help in that part but where does the co2 come from(that sounded dumb) i dont know where to start
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that did help in that part but where does the co2 come from(that sounded dumb) i dont know where to start
The c02 is produced from the C02 brew(sugar, yeast, water mixture). As it bubbles with the lid closed, under pressure(assuming you have no leaks), the co2 flows out to the end of your airline tubing. When you run the end to a diffuser that goes into your aquarium, the bubble is broken down and further dispersed into the water and the plants use it as a source of carbon to grow. You should change the DIY c02 brew weekly to keep co2 output constant.
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alright thanks alot
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