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Hello i been a long term hobbyist keeping tanks for over 10 years. I have been working on this low tech Anubias/Java fern tank for about the last 4 months or so. Its still a work in progress as i have not gathered all the anubias petite i would like for the foreground. I need approximately 25-30 more to fill the foreground in a compact manner. If anyone knows of good places to get some anubias petites please do share.

Here are a couple of views of the tank.








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Filtration- Eheim classic 2215-37 + Aquaclear 30

Lighting- Current USA satellite LED plus and Current USA single ramp time (Sunrise begins at 11:30am and sunset begins at 10:30pm)

Feeding- Elos sv.B pellet, Elos Spirulina plus pellet, Omega One Super color flakes, Hikari Mini Algae Wafers, Hikari Frozen brine shrimp, Hikari frozen spirulina Brine shrimp, Hikari Frozen bloodworms (twice a week flakes and pellets are supplemented with vita-chem for more vitamins prior to the weeks water change).

Fertilization- Flourish excel, Flourish iron, Flourish trace, Flourish Comprehensive supplements, Microbe-lift bloom and grow.

Water changes- 30% on Tuesday and 50% on Fridays along with Seachem Prime.
 

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How is everything planted?
Well majority of it is held down by sinkers and the anubias that have rooted strongly have their roots submerged only. I make sure all the rhizomes are not submerged. The petites are the most difficult to plant as they took a while to develop strong roots and i am not aware of sinkers that tiny being sold.
 

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Why not use small stones? They are free.
Use small stones in the sense of tying it down to them? I prefer to not use stones and my current petites have strong roots to stay rooted to the foreground. I am receiving approximately 9 more petites in the mail soon along with 13 more nana's.
 

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go for petite carpet!
Slowly getting there. It will be a very expensive adventure but a very worthwhile one. I got each petite for 5 dollars. Having 12 of them which are true petites at that, when many sellers usually send you something that is not a true petite. If you know of any respectable sources to buy some at a fair price please pass along the info.
 

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Looks very nice, maybe just a bit :fish: crowded? I'm sure the extra filtration + frequent water changes more than make up for it though.
I have always stocked my tanks fairly high in fish. But all the fishes i have are small. The largest ones does not exceed 3 inches and majority are 1 inch- 1.5 inches. The Electric Blue ram trio that i want to add will be the largest fish in the tank by a long shot in terms of body shape and bioload. Plants do a pretty good job in helping filter stuff out i might add :icon_bigg I test my water prior to every water change and nitrates never exceed 0.5ppm.
 

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How many plants (separate rhizomes) do you have in there?! So much lush plants! I hope my 10 gallon gets that dense some day, I'm too cheap to buy 3x more plants to fill it in so just letting it grow out slowly.
Beautiful simplicity for plant layout btw!
I have about 15 separate rhizomes. I have divided the 2 anubias at the very back so many times and spread them out in order to get the spread i like. I also have about 30 separate rhizomes i ordered online i will be receiving soon.
 

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your tank looks great; love the look of anubias in the gravel. mine are all attached to dw, but i like your perspective and intend to try the same in places too.

thanks,
Why thank you for the compliment. It was a slow process to get the roots to grow to where i would of liked so i could bury things the way i wanteed and keep the anubias packed in an attractive way. I think the most important thing is to provide medium light, dose a lot, and 2 water changes per week!
 

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Small update. I did a little bit of trimming on the larger anubias leaves that were old and starting to not look as good as the new ones. But have a lot of leaves coming along so it will soon fill out. Was able to take a video after the water change today. I recorded on my cell phone and i am not the best person when it comes to recording so bear with me.

 

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Hey I would like to know what is on the top of your tank under the light...I Need something like that because of a....cat

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White eggcrate is on top. I cut it down with a hacksaw and made an opening in the center for the light fixture.
 

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Have you find more anubias petite to add in? if so , update please :D
Yes i have about 27 seperate anubias petite rhizomes in the foreground. Last time i had about 14 in the first video. I still plan to get maybe 10 more or so at a later time. Since the last update i added more golden anubias nana and more java fern.
 

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how do you keep them algae free?? my anubias is full of green spot algae and black spots too...
I do water changes twice a week. While doing water changes i scrape with my fingernails the leaves softly to remove any visible algae. It rarely shows up since i have good flow in the system. The petites are the hardest to keep algae free. Removing the algae on them takes a lot longer due to such small leaves. I am glad i found a dosing schedule that has allowed plants to flourish well and stay lush. It took many combinations to see what worked best with the system.
 

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Thanks for the update! Hope to see it filled in soon. i tried to google quickly and couldn't find such unique idea of using anubias! what your dosing routine like now?
I dose microbe life bloom and grow and flourish excel the day of water changes. After that i add excel every other day. Flourish trace and comprehensive done twice a week the day after a water change, Flourish iron done once a week, Flourish Potassium twice a week, Flourish Nitrogen once a week, flourish phosphorus once a week. I slightly adjust what gets done less and more every week tampering with different combinations. But that usually would describe the dosing regime. I am currently looking forward to get a thick carpet of petites. Might buy a few more to help speed the process.
 
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