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National Geographic Waterfall Oasis Tank 7gallon build

Hello everyone,
New here but been lurking on this forum for awhile. I use to keep planted tanks back in the day but college happened and I had to give up on the hobby. Now that I am done with all that and actually have spare time I wanted to get back into the hobby again . i ordered a mr.aqua 12 gallon tank and I am super excited for that to come in the mail but since it hasn't yet, I am going to start with this one.
I went to the local petsmart recently and decided to pick up this tank since it was on sale for only $40.00. I saw some bad reviews so I was weary about picking it up but after unpacking it I am in love with this tank. Yes the filter and the led lights are garbage but I was going to switch them out anyways. The tank itself is pretty decently built and for the price I can't complain.
The description said it's a 5 gallon tank but with the dimensions it seems its closer to a 7.5 gallon tank. So here's what I have so far. Any suggestions are welcome!

Tank dimensions: 13.7 in L x 9.3 in W x 13.5 in H
Lighting: 12" Finnex Planted Plus
CO2: Probably going with the aquatek mini, I like the size of a paintball canister and it fits in nicely on the table versus a 5lb tank
Hardscape: Petrified wood and manzanita (ordered them but still waiting for them to arrive)
Filter: Currently a small finnex hob filter till I get my canister filter
Flora: Any suggestion on this? I was thinking of Bucephalandra, Fissidens, Didiplis diandra, Ranunculus inundatus, and Hydrocotyle Tripartita
Fauna: Most likely RCS, Would like a school of ember tetras but not sure if this tank would be too small (if it is they are gonna go in the 12 gallon mr aqua).

Anyways here is what I have so far, the plants and branches should all arrive on later next week:
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Interesting, can't wait to see how this turns out.

Lool I too I'm waiting for my.plants to arrive

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Cool little tank
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Good start, excited to see where it goes from here!
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Nice tank.

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So does the waterfall part have any recess, or compartments, to plant terrestrial plants?

One of my peeves about Petsmart/Petco is they have all these interesting little tanks, but never have any setup as displays. Which then leads to people opening boxes, and parts becoming damaged or "going missing."

Nice little tank, those dimensions are perfect for a desktop tank.


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So does the waterfall part have any recess, or compartments, to plant terrestrial plants?

One of my peeves about Petsmart/Petco is they have all these interesting little tanks, but never have any setup as displays. Which then leads to people opening boxes, and parts becoming damaged or "going missing."

Nice little tank, those dimensions are perfect for a desktop tank.

If you take out filter cartridge you might be able to put a plant or two in there. Here's a picture of how the top looks like:

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Update!
Half of the plants I ordered from members on here arrived safe and sound so I got to do some rearranging and planting today.
Change the layout a bit and like it a lot more like this:



Still waiting for the manzanita from blooms and branches.
Decided to wait to fill the tank until I get the branches and hopefully it will give the HC time to root itself before I flood the tank.

So for now here's the tank half planted.

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Decided to glue the Buces on rocks and hopefully they will take root. I am loving the colors of their leaves:



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Nice setup! But how are you going to keep those hills from leveling out?
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Honestly, I played with the rocks a lot to be able to get the substrate to stay that way. I cut up small pieces of plastic and use them as a sort of barrier to hold the substrate back here and there as well.
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Nice setup! But how are you going to keep those hills from leveling out?
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Update:
The manzanita finally came in
Flooded the tank today:






Now to patiently wait till the tank is fully cycled.
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liked it alot more with out the drift wood.. but just my opinion.. interested in seeing it grown in!

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I agree with Birdo. But who knows. It scape isn't finished yet

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liked it alot more with out the drift wood.. but just my opinion.. interested in seeing it grown in!
[QUOTE=Aqua Hero;8801273]I agree with Birdo. But who knows. It scape isn't finished yet


Thanks guys for the opinion, I appreciate it. I will see how it looks after the tank matures and if it looks too cramp with the driftwood I will take it out.


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Nice work so far. I like it with, and without the manzanita. I'll be following along. On a side note, do you plan on putting your Mr. Aqua 12 on a stand?

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