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so heres some pics of my first planted tank. i had mine set up with gravel at first but broke it down and bought some ada soil and some glosso and rescaped it all. i plan on putting my cherry shrimp in here for them to make babies but im waiting for it to cycle. got any tips?
 

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Looks like a great start to me. The only tips I can really offer are these...You might have a problem with Frogbit in that small of a tank with a HOB filter. They dont like being pushed around the surface alot and tend to bruise and melt if they are. You might get away with it, but im guessing they will slowly disappear. And the string you used to attach the moss? Its fishing line? Its horribly ugly :) You can buy green cotton thread that matches the moss color and blends so you cant really even see it. Or you could wait a month or so and cut the line off as the moss should naturally attach to the rock. Great start to a nice nano tank!
 

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thanks. HAHA yea i went nuts on wrapping the moss i just didnt want any of it floating around the tank because its a hassle getting it out. but its just wrapped with thread then i put some cuttings off the aquaclear biomax bags over it to give it some extra secuity. i actually took them out of another tank but i'll cut the stuff off once its grown out. and the frog bit i pulled out of my other tank as well i just like the way it looks floating around on this tank and thought the shrimp might like the roots
 

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baaggghhhh this tank has air bubbles in the seam. im scared it might leak so possibly going to buy a ada 45f to replace it since it has similar size. only problem is breaking it down. probably going to go pick it up tomorrow along with some extra soil and maybe a betta ?
 

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You are going to break this down all because of a few airbubbles in the silicon . . .?

If it isn't leaking water by now, chances are it will never.
 

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just remmber that aquasoil leaches ammonia for a while, not sure how long. But if you do get a betta youre going to have to house it elsewhere untill the tank fully cycles and stops leaching ammonia
 

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The tank looks really nice! Are you seeing any water leaking? Its a pretty big job to tear it all down and rebuild if you're not actually having problems yet. Have you been testing your water? You'll know when to pick up the betta when the parameters are good. Although, if you're looking to breed shrimp in that tank, I wouldn't put a betta in, the babies would make tasty snacks for him!
 

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woot. saw that my nitrite levels were relatively low so i got impatient and added some tetra safe start and added a bunch more biomedia. now my tank is showing signs of being cycled so i decided to add my shrimp! they're pretty low grade but i got them for really cheap. im hoping to get some better ones and get them to breed. so excited!
 
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