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So I'm starting to set up my dedicated Bucephalandra tank.
I've got a 3gallon Zen Series tank from CAD Lights, I must say I am impressed with the clarity of their glass.
I don't want any livestock in this tank, except for maybe some type of snails to help keep things clean.
It will have pressurized CO2 and be dosed with modified EI Dosing in order to ensure the Buces have the best chance to grow well. Currently have a Finnex Stingray but I am considering getting a Planted+ Clip Light, well see how they do with only the Stingray. (The light you see in the pics is my betta's Fugeray not the Stingray)
No filter planned, but I do have a tiny Hydor pump to circulate the water and keep a flow going over the Buces.

The Buces are currently in my Betta tank and my 30 gallon but I am planning on getting this planted this week. I'm still unsure about the hardscape however so I thought I'd start a journal and see what others think. The largest stones contain amethyst and will be purple-er once wet, the others are striated granite with shiny slivers of mica. The substrate is Tahitian Moon black sand.

Any tips or suggestions are highly welcome!
 

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So I added a nylon full of useless rocks to make a riser and lift the stones higher. I was going to use a Hydor mini pump but it took up too much space so I'm just going to use an Azoo mini HOB to get a current going. I'm going to add a bit more sand, I think, to deepen the substrate and help with making the stones on the riser look more uniform. I'll do that tonight and will hopefully be able to get the Buces in tonight as well.
 

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Added some sand, some stones, and a pathway.
I think I like it with the pale stones in back, I was hoping to give it a kind of "in the distance" look.
Any commentary is appreciated! Going to try to get the buces in later today maybe...
 

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Now with Buces!
The buce tank sits next to my female Betta Ventress's tank (her tank is getting a makeover somewhat soon).

I think they look nice together. Now here's hoping the buces take well to the new tank!

Any critiques are highly welcome!

P.s. the pictures look to be out of order, sorry!
 

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It is! These two pics show the colors a bit better, I think. A few months ago I was able to snage a few chunks of rough, low grade raw amethyst stone. The nicest stone went into my betta's tank, and some of the others I put in the buce tank, it thought the purple+green combo would look nice.
 

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A quick update - I got my pressurized CO2 set up two weeks ago and the buces have been responding well, I'm seeing them put out a leaf a week so far.

I bought a few more buces, and added them into the tank. New pics!
 

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ultra clear water. buce look great!


Brevity and typos courtesy of my iPhone using Tapatalk.
Thank you! I'm very happy my water quality is staying good, tbh I was a bit worried I'd have issues but so far so good

looks awesome! what filter are you using?
Thanks much! I'm using an Azoo Mini Palm filter. To be honest, the flow could be better because there's a lot of gunk gathering on the leaves however i have no problem going in with a baster and cleaning up, it's easier than trying to figure out how to fit a powerhead in there...xD
 

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Thank you! I'm very happy my water quality is staying good, tbh I was a bit worried I'd have issues but so far so good



Thanks much! I'm using an Azoo Mini Palm filter. To be honest, the flow could be better because there's a lot of gunk gathering on the leaves however i have no problem going in with a baster and cleaning up, it's easier than trying to figure out how to fit a powerhead in there...xD


Hmm I was thinking of getting the Azoo on my 3 gallon too but thank you for the feedback , yeah, i agree, space is tight.maybe a different HOB would work out.
 

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Hmm I was thinking of getting the Azoo on my 3 gallon too but thank you for the feedback , yeah, i agree, space is tight.maybe a different HOB would work out.
You know it's really going to depend on your tank dimensions and scaping, IMHO. I have an Azoo on a 5 gallon Fluval CHI and it's decent (the only grip is the intake is short and the outflow is short as well as it's meant for nano setups). I have one on a rimless 5 gallon with minimal hardscape and gentle planting where it gives excellent flow, and on a rimmed 5 gallon shrimp tank (think standard Aqueon) where there is mostly moss and anubias and a branch and the flow is excellent there as well.

I think the issue with the buce tank is that the stones and the slope hinder heavier waste from being pulled around properly, it's like the current hangs up on the big stones. I'm not even sure if a different HOB on mine would alter the flow enough to pull the current around the tank, but I'm considering moving the Azoo around and seeing if the flow is better.

So, basically what I wanted to say was if you're not going to have big bulky things in your scape the Azoo would probably do just fine! :) Overall I really enjoy the filters and they have a lot of oomph! for being so little.
 
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