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.5 gallon zen garden.

I call this my zen garden, it's a .5(?) gallon.
Substrate is Eco Complete
I dose .5ML excel and 2 drops of flourish daily
The lighting is a tiny compact florescent, 7 watt 7200k
I don't remember the heater brand, but it keeps the temperature at a steady 75 degrees, and the filter is a little red-sea nano filter.
Plants; Lots of Sunset Hygrophila , Java Moss, (?)Rotala and Dwarf Hairgrass. I had some Java fern in there but it started to take over the tank worse then the Sunset Hygrophila did.. I ditched it.
The only 2 inhabitants are 2 baby female guppies and 1 (probably more) ramsorn(?) snail.

I've been working on this tank for a little over a year now, it went from:


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Still working on it of course, I'd like to know what you all think.
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Wow, I like it. Takes 1 year?

I have a 1 gallon cube set up with HC and Hairgrass. It's been up for about 2 month and growth is still very slow. I am getting impatient, think about giving up on it everyday.

4" cube,
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The tank is well planted, very lush, with very healthy moss...the sunset looks a bit pale though.
This would make a great shrimp tank. Any way to remove that big heater?
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the heater is Tetra Whisper I have one for my 2.5g a bit bulky but it does the job
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I like it, gives me ideas for an office tank, thank you. I think it looks good as is, and I particularly like the white rock against the green.

There does seem to be something a little too light about the Sunset: maybe a little extra Iron supplement(for chlorophyll) or a new light bulb? Anyone else have other suggestions?

In the zen theme: you might consider cutting a path through the Sunset, something that goes out of sight, maybe from the front right to off behind the java moss. You could highlight with gravel or white sand or small white 'boulders'...something that adds to the sense of distance and contemplation of the unknown ...then again, is it truly zen if you aren't just satisfied with the moment?
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Wow, I like it. Takes 1 year?

I have a 1 gallon cube set up with HC and Hairgrass. It's been up for about 2 month and growth is still very slow. I am getting impatient, think about giving up on it everyday.
It took me a year because I had, at first, been very lax about the whole thing, I was mainly using the tank for baby guppies. I threw in a plant here and there, didn't really care so much, and then over the past 4-5 months finally kicked it up a notch. I started dosing, which REALLY made the sunset burst, and added some hairgrass, and started working with the plants to have the layout I wanted.

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The tank is well planted, very lush, with very healthy moss...the sunset looks a bit pale though.
This would make a great shrimp tank. Any way to remove that big heater?
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I had been a bit lax on cutting the sunset for the past 2 weeks, so it grew too big and was blocking the hairgrass and the rotala. I cut it this morning shortly before I took the pictures.. the tops were nice and pink, I hated to toss them but I know the pink will come back soon.

See that liiiitttlle tiny piece of something in the first picture to the right? Thats that same plant saved from a project gone wrong, almost all of the plants in that project had died except for a tiny bit of the sunset and some moss. Thankfully, as you can see, it's made a full recovery

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the heater is Tetra Whisper I have one for my 2.5g a bit bulky but it does the job
Aha! Thanks! I was wracking my brain earlier trying to remember the name/brand of that heater.

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I like it, gives me ideas for an office tank, thank you. I think it looks good as is, and I particularly like the white rock against the green.

There does seem to be something a little too light about the Sunset: maybe a little extra Iron supplement(for chlorophyll) or a new light bulb? Anyone else have other suggestions?

In the zen theme: you might consider cutting a path through the Sunset, something that goes out of sight, maybe from the front right to off behind the java moss. You could highlight with gravel or white sand or small white 'boulders'...something that adds to the sense of distance and contemplation of the unknown ...then again, is it truly zen if you aren't just satisfied with the moment?
Thanks for the suggestion I'll start adding some iron suppliment, I realized I had a bottle of it and I haven't even been using it
I think I might just work on that path soon...

Speaking of improvement, can anyone think of a nano-capable plant that would look good in this setting?
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Well if the sunset's just been trimmed I guess it's ok...would be good dosing iron though.
I would also add more pebbles. Very nice, simple and effective. Don't forget about my advice to add shrimp!
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i would get a hydor mini heater if i were you they are flat and will probably work better considering you can even put it in the filter


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i would get a hydor mini heater if i were you they are flat and will probably work better considering you can even put it in the filter
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I like it and gave me an office tank thought, thank you. I think it looks good, but I especially like the white rock on the green.


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