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Mirage's 6.6 Gallon Bookshelf nano

Hi there, after 2 years of staring at the bookshelf tank in petco i finally caved in and bought one. I bought it yesterday and so far have painted the back black with krylon fusion and added flourite black sand (2" deep approx). Stock filter and light are on it.

I have a question, will this lighting be sufficient for most plants as the tank is only 9 or so inches tall?

I'd prefer to keep the stock light as i love the look and cleanliness of it, but if i have to I'll pick up a 24" t5HO 48 watt Nova SLR.

My eventual stocking plans are white clouds and cpd's and lots of crystal shrimp or blueberry shrimp.

I'll post some pictures later as the tank clears up a little bit.

Thanks for looking and please give me some input on lighting and equipment as i'm new to nano planted tanks. I have mini reef aquariums but this is a whole different ball game.

I forgot to mention i'll be setting up a DIY co2 and dosing flourish and excel.

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Also what are these two plants? i've had them for quite awhile in my other tank.


^ is that water sprite? it has such weird growth patterns i noticed two or three different leaves from new plants growing in other tank.


^and this plant i totally don't remember what it is, it was growing awesomely in my 10 gallon planted like 6 months ago until the tank cracked and i transfered it to my 29 gallon. The 29 gallon has horrible lighting and the plant has been slowly dying, so i'm hoping i can get it to bounce back again. It propagates through runners, and it was growing like mad in my planted tank.
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I'm not sure what the first one is but the second is Echinodorus quadricostatus (95% sure anyway, lol.)

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First looks to be wisteria.
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First looks to be wisteria.
You are right! thanks.
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I'm not sure what the first one is but the second is Echinodorus quadricostatus (95% sure anyway, lol.)
It does resemble that.. especially this pic i found.

http://www.infopez.com/users/juan/Ec..._11Mar2008.jpg

They spread out just like that in my old tank..
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Also i want a grass forground plant that doesn't get too tall but spreads fairly thick, any ideas?
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Here is a picture of what i have currently.



I need help figuring out what to do with right back corner and forground, and left forground. Also should i add a second Anubias Nana to the wood? like on the right towards top. please excuse all the reflections.
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not a whole lot is new with tank, but i thought i'd share what i thought to be a cool pic of two of my female cherries and one male mingling.


And also a pic of one of the three baby whiteclouds in the tank.


Also i seem to be battling either staghorn or BBA algae, it's hitting the driftwood pretty hard, what do i do? I'm still doing DIY co2 and flourish and excel.

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Keep it up, also when i dosed NO3 it also helped a bit.

I owe my sucess alot to my fat SAE when battling those algaes.


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Keep it up, also when i dosed NO3 it also helped a bit.

I owe my sucess alot to my fat SAE when battling those algaes.
Will SAE's eat my shrimp? I COULD get one to use it and than transfer it to my 29.

My current Params are:
Ammonia = 0
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 5-10
GH = 150-300
Alkalinity = 120-180
PH = 7.8

Livestock currently is 23 or so RCS and 3 baby white clouds.
No3 dosing would help? what is a good supplement for that?
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I actually have no clue right now about the SAE, as it hasn't been in any tanks with shrimps.
As for NO3, i just did it via dry ferts, not sure about liquid ferts.


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Ah, man if Otos ate this type of algae there would be a colony in here!
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I've heard someone telling me that Amano's pick at them but not sure.


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I use a stronger light and filter, but run the same 6.6 tank.

I dont have any recent shot, but here is the tank after it was a few days old. It's nearly 18 months old now.


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