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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Cool My Planted 5 Gallon

Hey yall. This is my first post and I'd like to share my 4 gallon nano.

I bought this tank to get back into the hobby. It was supposed to be something small, cheap, and pretty for my daughter to look at.

Well I've slowly added to it more and more and probably spent way too much money on it lol. If I could do it all again I would have definitely gotten a different tank.

I attached a picture of the tank from last week and a picture of how its changed over time.

Constructive criticism and feedback is welcome!

Thanks for looking and I look forward to being a part of the forum.



Here are the specs:
Equipment:
-Marineland Contour 5 gallon tank (I didn't like the filter or the light so I replaced them)
-50 watt heater
-Eco-Complete substrate
-Finnex Planted Plus clip light
-ZooMed 501 canister
-Started with DIY CO2 just upgraded to pressurized

Flora/Fauna
- Java Fern
- Italian Val
- Java moss
- Anubias Nana
- Dwarf Hairgrass
- Staurogyn Repins
- Ludwigia Repens
- Dwarf 4 leaf clover
- 4 cardinal tetras
- 1 oto cat (i need to get him a buddy)
- 1 ghost shrimp
- 1 RCS
- 3 amanos

Lights/Fert Routine
-I haven't kept a planted tank in about 6 years and even then I didn't know too much about what I was doing. Its been a slow learning curve but I'm figuring things out. I went through a really bad algae phase, but once I figured out the root of the problem I got it under control.

-If I don't dose nitrogen I barely will get a nitrate reading on the tank, so

-I'm dosing twice a week to keep the nitrates around 20ppm.
Same with the phosphates so i'm doing to keep them around 1-2ppm.

-I dose potassium and trace twice a week also slightly above the seachem recommended levels.

-CO2 is currently DIY which I vent to the atmosphere at night. I'm switching tomorrow to pressurized when my regulator comes in. I'm tired of messing with DIY and I had a CO2 bottle lying around anyways.

-Lights were on for about 9 hours a day, but I cut them back to 6 to help get my algae problem under control. I'm slowly ramping them back up to about 8 now that I have a better control over the chemistry and CO2.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 05:20 PM
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Welcome! Beautiful tank; im sure you daughter loves looking at it. Its amazing how addicting this hobby can be.

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be careful, with the tetras. From what I have read you need a minimum of six and a pretty long tank for them to swim and school in. other than that, its a great looking planted tank.
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Beautiful tank! I like the natural aquascaping. If the tetras become a problem, look into celestial pearl danios or chili rasboras. They would work well in that size tank.
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