My Planted 5 Gallon - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 5
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:
-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

- 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.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Tank 3.6.15.jpg
Views:	163
Size:	91.2 KB
ID:	443754  

Click image for larger version

Name:	tank timeline.jpg
Views:	162
Size:	129.4 KB
ID:	443762  

BigChris is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 05:20 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
natebuchholz's Avatar
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Posts: 952
Welcome! Beautiful tank; im sure you daughter loves looking at it. Its amazing how addicting this hobby can be.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

natebuchholz is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2015, 03:22 AM
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: United States
Posts: 52
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.
Technik is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-13-2015, 05:00 AM
Algae Grower
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Utah
Posts: 29
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.
jtiten is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome