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Which Microrasbora Species Should I Pick?

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Hi, so I am currently new at this aquascaping business so please excuse my lack of knowledge at time. Anyways... this 10 gallon project has been pushed back over and over again. It has been used as a goldfish tank, a crayfish tank, a neglected tank. But looking through pictures I wanted to do the tank some justice...

Now, being a noob i have to admit that this isn't my first tank.. i've had a nano 7.5 cube before but due to light failure I lost almost everything I had in there.. so i guess this 10 is kinda like my way of remembering my once planted cube. -sigh-... Inspiration for this tank was brought to me by this tank:





and this was my tank..=(





I miss that moss tree..But anyways past behind me.. Here's to the new Project..

Plants (i'm going simple for plants mostly moss)
-Java Moss
-Christmas Moss
-Flame Moss
-HC
-Dwarf Hairgrass
-Anubias Nana
-Java Fern (Narrow variety)

Fauna
--6 Borara Maculatas (still to get)
- Shrimp.. (still debating what species)

Equipment
-25 watt Compact flourescent
-Elite Mini Filter
-Aqua Clear 30 filter
-Substrate: Normal geo system gravel T_T i miss my fluorite.
*future additions
-once enough money->pressurized Co2
-if my tank hasn't grown in yet i might rescape it later and get fluorite substrate.

now i don't have any pictures about the process unfortunately but its quite amazing how i was able to turn this tank from a "single log with gravel tank" to a somewhat respectable hardscape.

Pic 1: too bright.. still kinda cloudy from rescape





Pic 2: a bit clearer




Pic 3: (side view)




(all the moss is comming in tomorrow.. so im gonna moss up the wood. and hairgrass is comming in later on soo. yea. don't mind the spindly dead brown grass looking plant its just there to see if it makes a rebound... it WAS hairgrass.. LOLOL)




Yay. now the waiting game begins.
 

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i think its just the picture... in the tank its more to the left. are you flip? cuz i am =)...
umm background will probably comprise of some longer grass species im not sure yet.. its undecided but im gonna save up for a back light of some sort.
 

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Update:
Getting All my moss today pics will be up later tonight.

-christmas moss
-flame moss


* There's starting to be a white growth on my drift wood i'm new at this so.. can anyone tell me what might be going on? *
 

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Day 3

Yes... my first bunch of moss has arrived.

There wasn't that much of each so I had to spread them out pretty sparringly... I recieved a bundle of Christmas and Flame moss to start adding some green to my tank.

First Try



I took off the extra flame moss on the drift wood to the right cuz i thought it might look weird once it grew in.. ill just wait till i have more moss to use till i start covering the other areas.

Second Try (Angled Top View)



Christmas Moss =)



Bottom left Bundles : Flame Moss



Anubias Nana + Christmass Moss



Side View



Full View



Bottom Up



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Hope everything will grow in and fill up some of that empty space in the rocks.. waiting for Dwarf Hairgrass now... -sigh-
 

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Eleocharis Parvula

Hey everyone dwarf hairgrass is in. Gonna try to make it nice and thick near the rocks and add a different carpet maybe some HC by the open areas.























Yup... now gotta wait for it to grow in a bit.. I just have normal gravel right now..Will that be alright for its growth? If not what should i do?
 

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Pretty much. They are slow release but the downside with osmocote I read (not yet confirmed in all the posts I've read) is that the casing itself doesn't dissentigrate in the water. So you will have like little plastic balls underneath your substrate. I'm not sure about rootmedi products. But those 2 are usually the recomended in this forum.
How long do they last me though? and by adding them does that change up how I have to dose my tank?
 

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Discussion Starter · #29 ·
Bought 1 Otto today... talked to a fellow fish lover and he suggested to switch from my orginal white cloud minnow plan and instead stock the tank with Rasbora Maculata.

Updated Fauna

Current:
2 wild minnows (still wondering what to do with them)
1 White Cloud Minnow
1 Otocinclus Catfish

To Get:

x3 Amano Shrimp
x3 Cherry Shrimp
x6 Rasbora Maculata
 
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