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My 5.5 Gallon SE Asian Biotope... (UPDATE 3/7/11!!!!!!)

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Without further ado, here is my tank (so far).



Equipment:
Azoo Palm Filter
25w Stealth Heater
DIY CO2 (when I get the plants)
23w 6500K Desk Lamp
Eco Complete Substrate
DIY Black Background (Duck Tape and Black T-Shirt)

Sooooo... here's the deal. I want you to tell me what biotope this tank should be, by choosing what region the eco complete black substrate imitates most!! (IE Amazonian Blackwater Pool)
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That would depend on how much effort you're willing to put forth. Endlers is the first that comes to mind, but I think you can do something more interesting. I'd say, figure out what lengths you're willing to go to to feed, and then more informed ideas can be suggested. As it stands, if you aren't willing to do daily massive water changes, and keep a few live cultures of food going, it's really quite hard to say.

(Personally, I think a few pygmy sunfish in a tank filled with Southern USA type plants could be really cool. Look up Everglades Pygmy Sunfish. Scientific Name Elassoma everglaei.)
 

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I ended up sticking with my original plan to do a southeast asian biotope covered in cryptocoryne with a small school of rasboras. Here are some pictures since I added the leaves:




I added some filter floss to the azoo and it is AMAZING at how few particles there are in the water. One thing that concerns me a little though is the desk lamp, which is rated for up to 60w (I have it on a 23w). It still gets really hot though, and if I get about 4 inches away from it it emits a slight smell. Is this ok?
 

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I looked at my LFS and the only rasboras I found were harlequins. Maybe in the next few weeks they'll get some rasboras in.

Anyways, here are the first plantings!! I'm just praying that my wendetti does ok, god forbid I'm so terrible the duckweed I added dies!!

 

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Just ordered 2 Lutea, 2 Bronze Wendetti, and 4 Dwarf Hairgrass. Crossing my fingers that these and the current wendettis dont die in some freak accident.

I also got a more direct desk lamp that swings over the top to give a better coverage. Getting a 6500K 23w bulb tomorrow for it since the current one is a 4500K, 23w (maybe 13), I think. It is about 4-5" above the water, and with tannins, it will hopefully not be too much light...
 

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Added another light to it today, to make it 8 WPG!! (one 23w and one 18w)

The tannins in the water and the lights being 4-6" above the tank give me comfort against overlighting...


EDIT: Also dosed several liquid ferts (NPK, Micro, and Iron)
 

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The day has come, my plants (which came from Baylees PAPA aquabid auction) were just planted when these photos were shot. They're cryptocoryne lutea/walkerri and bronze wendetti. Without further ado, here she is:



A close up of the gorgeous wendetti:


I am a tad bit nervous now, hoping they wont all melt and die on me. My wendettis I put in a few weeks ago are probably going to do not so well since they were disturbed yet again (several leaves melted, etc.), although they weren't that welly established in the LFS, so I'm hoping they arent an indication of what's to come. They were probably going to die in the first place. I'm doing a daily dosing fertilization of all 6 seachem products (except trace).

I also added a small 10w heater to help the regular heater hit 82, although it is usually slightly below that. I also replaced the light with a 23w 6500k desk lamp with a swing arm, and an 18w Ott light. Pretty soon, in the next 2 weeks or so, I'm planning on getting some form of tiny rasbora. The dwarf rasbora seems particularly attractive, but I would preferr to get something that is at my LFS. Anyways, any advice you have for me or critical comments are more than welcome!!

This is really pretty. I love the tannins and leaves and whole blackwater look of it.
Thank you!!

BTW: I'm adding some dwarf hairgrass most likely to the front...
 

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Looks good, but on a side note I would think the leaves will eventually decompose. I usually try to remove decomposing plant matter from my tanks...
 
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