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More Plants today!

Another 1x1 carpet of HC

2 Alternanthera Reineckii

and a freebie Rotala "blood red"

they look great I cant wait to flood the tank, but Im going to give it another day or two, I don't want to end up with floaters after already having the previous plants emersed for about a week.

My second order from Hans and I couldn't be happier with the plants!
 

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Your tank is looking amazing. I have this tank also and love it. I took out the overflow and stuff and am using a canister filter on it.
 

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Thanks! I would have loved to do the mods you did, but I needed this to be a budget build and I couldn't see ripping out a perfectly good filter/hidden heater compartment.

Eventually I would love to have something like a 30" cube and go all out with glass input/return lines for a canister+inline heater.
 

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New light came in and it does not disappoint. Easily three times brighter then the stock unit, feels solidly made, fits on the rim of the tank like it was made for it.

Beamswork 6500k 19x 6500K, 3x Actinic 460nm

It also comes with a plug for an addon timer unit, reviews of this unit shows it operating just fine 6+ months after purchase so no worries of poor craftsmanship
$25 Shipped

Still having issues with HC actually rooting, looking at various ways I can weight it down without crushing it or blocking light/water
 

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Tanks doing well, had some melting of the hc but it looks like the stuff that survived is thriving.

Picked up a couple fish I thought were interesting, unfortunately it was labeled "live bearer" with the sales guy offering no helpful info.

My googlefu tells me its a Dermogenys sumatrana or "Platinum Halfbeak" really cool looking fish, looks like I may have a Male + female.
 

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With the Halfbreaks, you want to ensure they don't get spooked. Usually when I've kept these, I keep the sides planted to ensure they don't damage their mouth.

If they injure their mouth, they are doomed.

Nice tank though, looking forward to watching this progress.

Gary
 

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Heya thanks for the reply! The tanks in my room and is very calm in there. They were doing fantastic.

Unfortunately, one of my half beaks jumped out of the only Quarter sized opening in the glass cover and I didn't catch him in time :/

I may move the two buce on the left rocks into the gravel as they're not growing and may not be happy. The buce on the right seems to have spouted Two other plants..... some kind of moss and a leafy plant.

Went to the petshop but ofcorse they had none in stock. (I have NO good LFS)

Picked up another stem plant and Three CRS, along with being the temp home for a baby bristlenose pleco.

The Dwarf Baby Tears that actually rooted seem to be doing well, even growing underground and sprouting two tiny patches, unfortunately most of it melted/wouldn't root. some attached to the wood some to the power head currently in the tank. The PH may be too strong of a current for the shrimps now, as within 10 mins, one has gotten "stuck" to the power head three times and I ended up unplugging it to "free" it, Uninjured, but I'm not sure if it could of pulled itself away from the current.

I may have to take out the drift wood if I decide to scrape the algae off the sides, I may leave the algae to completely cover both sides though
 

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