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I've setup yet another tank, but only because my last one was destroyed. We had to move so allot of my supplies are still in boxes.

For this setup I used my converted reef tank as a freshwater setup.

From this:
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to this:

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Inhabitants include the lone surviving offspring of my mated CPD pair and a bunch of Ramshorn snails.

I bought an Aquatop 3D HOB filter


My Betta from my pond inhabited it temporarily while I re-setup his pond.

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More updates coming soon! :eek:
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Weekend update: Pico planted tank

Good Morning everyone!

I'm so glad to have woken up to rain! California sure does need it, plus rainy days are my favorite :thumbsup:

The pictures from my 1st post were when I just set up the tank. That was probably 2 months ago. Now I have current pics and the tank has really grown!


The tank now sits on my desk. Makes for a nice little distraction.

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As you can see the plants in the filter have really taken off! :icon_eek:

I'll try to list what I have in the filter:

-Hydrocotyle leucocephala
-Tradescantia zebrina
-Euphorbia tirrucalli
-some other house plant I have no name for...

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Snails and my lonely CPD are the current residents of this tank. The Betta was moved back to the pond now that its been all setup after the move.

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The plants have exploded since I took these pictures a week ago, and I'll be adding a few more plants by tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates! :flick:
 

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Lovely setup, happy to see more people planting HOBs, ripariums ftw!!!
If it's not gotten there yet be mindful of the wondering jew (Tradescantia zebrina) as it grow its stem is not strong enough to stabilize it and it will sag, may end up under water if you don't trim it and the leaves can't be submerged (melt real fast). My wondering jew grew faster than my pothos and all other house plants converted for riparium growth.
 

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Beautiful setup, love the plants in the filter as well.

p.s. snail's shell looks like it has a lot of erosion, should prob take him out before he dies and pollutes the water!
I was actually thinking the same thing too 6 months ago but he's actually gaining back calcium growth. he just kinda looks a mess compared to the others
 

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took out back chamber, hated it

question for you, that looks like a Marineland Contour, why did you put in a HOB filter instead of using the built in overflow/sump? Just curious
Hi sharko,

yes this is the Marineland Contour. I pulled the back wall out due to coraline growth because I had this set up as a reef before. I really didn't like the chamber design for this tank so I was glad to be rid of it:proud:. Now there's so much more room for growth! Plus the HOB filter is soooo much easier to clean than the previous back chamber set up.

I hope this hope this helps ;)
 

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I love the plants in the filter...want to do that myself but I have a rather destructive cat who would probably eat the plants. He already tries to play with the water when I tried to leave it uncovered. I just know I would come home and find the plants on the floor half chewed and a puddle around the tank because he played in the waterfall.

I love your betta pond btw. I need to get my hands on some indian almond leaves now that I have a betta again.
 

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Long time no Update!

Howdy all!

Been awhile since I've updated. I wanted to share how much this tank has grown! Its out of control haha.



As you can see the tank has really exploded with growth!



The Hydro. Japan. has really taken over the tank.
I've been using the Finnex Fuge ray II on this tank, probably too much light really.




The HOB plants have really grown out. this shot was taken AFTER I trimmed them down. The "wandering jew" was hitting the floor. I've changed the foam in the filter to something much coarser. The plants seem to root to t\it much easier. I'll upload pics of that later.
 

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I look forward to your next project–admire your skill with ground covers.
Thank you very much! [emoji1] I appreciate the support. This hobby has the best people.

I'll have an update soon. The tank looks completely different.
 
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