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Good afternoon all!

It's been a while since I updated anything with my tanks. I had a 92g Corner tank and a 29g tank - but when I overreacted and sold the 92g - I decided MTS was too much - and simplified into 1 aquarium.

I got an awesome deal on a 120g from the LFS. and started working on combining the tanks.




Here is in the initial layout. I really enjoyed it, but began to get stressed out by the Congo Tetras constantly fighting. Thinking they simply needed more space, I traded in the 12 Diamond Tetras to give the Congos more room.....no luck. Despite having a large group, and in my eyes - plenty of room - the males continued to battle it out.






After weeks of debating on what to do.....I decided to go with a tank full of Nanofish. While some might view this as a waste....I have always had a thing for micros.

Current Stocklist (Updated 2/29):
35 Emerald Dwarf Rasboras
16 Celestial Pearl Danios
15 Ember Tetras
18 Glowlight Danios
12 Scarlet Badis (9 Male AND 3 female!)
4 Asian Stone Catfish
1 Dwarf Gourami
a LOT of Red Cherry Shrimp
2-3 Amano Shrimp
Quite a few Assassin Snails
8 Neirite Snails






thanks for looking!
 

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I love 120's.... such great geometry for Scape'ing

Nanos... you're gonna find yourself adding nanos and adding and adding nanos until they are clouds in that tank.

And that is a very, very good thing.

I had two 90's and a 65 rolling in my quiver all at once. I ended up having zillions. The 65 ended up just being my cory tank...

I have a cory problem. I loves them way too much. Lil Super Mario looking freaks.

:)

-K
 

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That's unfortunate about the Congo's. How many did you have? I have 7 and they are a joy to watch. They play tag in the morning, but no one is ever singled out. It almost looks like a relay race. Sometimes they will plow into the Bloodfin Tetras and scare them making them school up and swim across the tank in a tight school. I absolutely love mine.
That being said I'd at least double the size of those schools. I know neons and glow light tetras aren't the best schooling fish, but 20-25 of each along with 20-25 Rummynose or my favorite Bloodfins would really look cool.
I also like the scape of your tank. Very jungle looking but it still has a lot of open area for them to group in.
Perhaps that was an issue with the Congos. My tank has several very large pieces of driftwood that extend out of the water. There are huge line of sight breaks.
 

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I had a group of 8, 5 males and 3 females. The two biggest males constantly fought. I tried splitting the sight lines as well - but then they would run into it :/

Definitely agree on stocking numbers - there are more of each group coming :)

It will predominantly be Dwarf Emerald and Celestial Pearls, but plan to have schools of all kinds of nano fish!
 

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Updates!




Will be adding more tonight - it was tough to get a good picture yesterday. The Finnex Planted+ 24/7 is amazing though - I am really excited for this fixture
 

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thanks!

Equipment:
- Eheim 2075 Filter
- GLA inline co2
- Cascade 1000 Filter
- Hydor 300w inline (additional heater required during cold months)
- Aquaclear 110
Aquatek Paintball co2 w/ 24ounce co2

Lighting
Finnex 24/7 - 48"
Finnex Planted+ 24"
Current USA Sat+ 24"

Substrate
Miracle Gro Organic Potting mix, Black Diamond Blasting Sand cap
 

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quite a while - probably 2-3 months.

I have a spare 24 ounce, as well as a couple of 12s from my paintball days that I keep as backup.


I plan to eventually upgrade the co2 system - as I'm not super happy with the quality of the Aquatek - but it works for now.
 

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Awesome tank, and I love your choice for stocking! :)

Quick question - what temp do you keep it at?

It hovers around 74.7.



Added 5 more Scarlet Badis today. once they grow a little bit I will update the pics.
 

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Nice tank. I like the diversity of fish. I too went with doing a micro community tank rather than larger fish.
Look into Psuedomugil rainbowfish species (Gertrudae Aru 2 or Aru 4, Paskai, etc.), even threadfin rainbows, small fish and are shrimp safe to the best of my knowledge (I've seen them kept in shrimp tanks). Colorful, very nice fins and definitely fun to watch them display at each other. Espei rasbora are another beautiful little fish.
Get some more bottom dwellers as well, maybe dwarf corydoras species (Corydoras pygmaeus, habrosus, hastatus)

Would be even nicer if you could get a picture that would do the tank justice (can tell pic quality is not so great, can't really see much of the small fish in the pic, and glass does look a bit dirty). Not bashing, I just know the tank look much better than the pic shows.

Has the gourami ate any shrimp? Aren't Badis a little mean to other fish even though they might be smaller (I know there is a reason I decided to not keep them, but can't remember what it was)?

I like that you are trying to grow plants above water too, just to give it that extra touch.
 

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Nice tank. I like the diversity of fish. I too went with doing a micro community tank rather than larger fish.
Look into Psuedomugil rainbowfish species (Gertrudae Aru 2 or Aru 4, Paskai, etc.), even threadfin rainbows, small fish and are shrimp safe to the best of my knowledge (I've seen them kept in shrimp tanks). Colorful, very nice fins and definitely fun to watch them display at each other. Espei rasbora are another beautiful little fish.
Get some more bottom dwellers as well, maybe dwarf corydoras species (Corydoras pygmaeus, habrosus, hastatus)

Would be even nicer if you could get a picture that would do the tank justice (can tell pic quality is not so great, can't really see much of the small fish in the pic, and glass does look a bit dirty). Not bashing, I just know the tank look much better than the pic shows.

Has the gourami ate any shrimp? Aren't Badis a little mean to other fish even though they might be smaller (I know there is a reason I decided to not keep them, but can't remember what it was)?

I like that you are trying to grow plants above water too, just to give it that extra touch.

No offense taken at all. The pics are definitely not the best quality - definitely need to get some better ones up.


The gouramis are pretty well fed, and tend to ignore the shrimp. Though i'm sure i've lost a few here and there - it's impossible to know how many I have since they're constantly breeding.

The Badis are a litttle territorial - but each has enough room to carve out his own little territory (typically a section of branch, or section of moss)


dwarf corys are a GREAT idea! I hardly ever see the Asian Stone Catfish unless I am up late at night when the nights go dim, I'll have to check into the compatibility of them first though.

I will also look into the rainbowfish, haven't heard of that species before.

thanks for the comments! definitely appreciated!
 

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quite a while - probably 2-3 months.

I have a spare 24 ounce, as well as a couple of 12s from my paintball days that I keep as backup.


I plan to eventually upgrade the co2 system - as I'm not super happy with the quality of the Aquatek - but it works for now.
What's the problem with the quality of your Aquatek regulator?

What bothers you about it? Curious because I have two of three 24 ounce containers somewhere from my woods ball days, and an $80 regulator is all that I would need.
 

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What's the problem with the quality of your Aquatek regulator?

What bothers you about it? Curious because I have two of three 24 ounce containers somewhere from my woods ball days, and an $80 regulator is all that I would need.

The needle valve is terrible, and takes a while to tune to get the correct BPS. It was a great "cheap" solution for when I bought it, but I kinda wish I had just bought a proper made co2 setup from the getgo.

3 months on 24oz?!?!? On a 120?? Man what's your secret. I can EASILY blast through a 10# tank in 6 months on my 75 gallon.

I don't push a lot of co2 in there - just enough to keep the algae at bay - and the plants growing.


I also use a GLA inline-co2 diffuser - which I have heard helps preserve co2?
 

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Looking good, I might have missed it, but what type of substrate are you using?

thanks!


Miracle Gro Organic Potting mix capped with Black Diamond.


I should have better pics up tonight - getting the wife to work her magic with the Nikon.
 

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had a terrible disaster occur since my last update. Chalk it up to "i'm a dummy sometimes" I guess. My digital thermometer had apparently failed, and I did not notice the temps of the aquarium skyrocket. In short - when I got back from a weekend vacation - I noticed my water seemed very very warm, and half my fish were missing....

I bought a new thermometer on a hunch - and found out my water was at 88 degrees! I lost every single CPD, Dwarf Emerald, Oto, 5 Scarlet Badis.....it was a disaster.

That was a few months ago, and I'm still trying to recover from it. It left me super bummed and down on the aquarium, I even considered selling it all and giving up.

but, thanks to my better half - she encouraged me to keep at it, and just use this as a rebuilding point. We also were set to move, so it was an ideal time to Reset.

I decided to scrap the MGOPM in favor of Eco Complete. the MGOPM did wonders for my carpeting and deeply rooted plants - but was sooo messy whenever anything would get moved. Plus - I feel like the Blasting Grit cap might have been a little too tight - as I would have random bursts of bubbles. This despite a healthy population of MTS and Assassin Snails to churn up the sand.

Here is the initial reset.










I will be aiming for a much simpler scape this time

new stocklist includes:

Glowlight Danio (18)
Ember Tetra (15)
Scarlet Badis (7)
Asian Stone Catfish (4)
Dwarf Gourami (1)
Black Molly (1)
Fancy Guppy (9?)
RCS (umm...countless)
Assassin Snails (15?)
Neirite Snails (5)


I do plan to restock the CPDs and Dwarf Emeralds.....I might just need a little more time to let things settle. I had a HUGE colony of probably 30+ of each, actively spawning, always chasing around food. It was really disheartening to lose them.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about the heater issue. What was the problem? I've got one of the Tru temp controllers, but I'm not using it. I'm in FL so there isn't quite the same need. I am currently using a single 200w jager. I haven't even set up a thermometer yet though...

I love the new scape. I recently redid my 75 gallon after a move and I think it looks much better now than it did. I also set up a 125 as a display in the entryway. I went from 5 tanks to 2 and I'm doing my best to stay there. Keep us updated on the tank. I think k you're off to a great start
 
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