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Here's Day 2 of my first humble attempt. Basically just bought some plants, I've no clue as to what they are, except the java moss.



I'd appreciate some feedback on improving the layout and maybe some suggestion as to what kind of fauna I should put in there? Some help in the plant ID department would be most appreciated.

The actual dimension of the cube is 7in all round, by the way.

Thanks!
 

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The tank and plant arrangement looks good in my opinion. You are very limited as you what you can comfortably house in such a small tank. A colorful Betta would love it in your tank. Small group of Shrimp(Ghost, Cherry, etc.) would also do well in there. Maybe a small species of killifish would do alright in this size tank. Sorry but I can't help you with identifying the plants.

Would you mind posting the specifications?

Good luck with your tank and keep us updated. :)
 

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Wow! Looks incredible!
 

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^ just what i was thinking also O_O i would go with either a small group of shrimp or a killifish in there.
 

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wisteria,java moss, hornwart, rotala sp. may be something besides rotala. Hornwart will take over if you don't remove it, and it will never grow roots.
Killies, endlers, betta sp., scarlet badis(dario dario). would be good in the tank, really anything under the nano fishlist.
 

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I don't think that's wisteria. Looks like water sprite. Wisteria is MUCH larger. Next time try taking a pic at night or in the dark so that no reflection would be produced. I'd really like to see the tank from the front with no reflections. Looks very nice.

I saw the same exact tank in Japan. How many watts is it?
 

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Thanks people!
As for those who asked for the specs and other techy bits, here's model that have.

AA Aquarium

Only difference is that I have a HOB filter instead of the stock filter. I'll post some pics when I get back to office after the weekend. Maybe I can get some close up of the plants.

If the plants are getting a little yellow near the bottom areas, does it mean I need a more powerful light?

And thanks again!
 

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are they still in tight bunches? if so you want to get the lead weight off(if there's one there) and plant the stems a few cm apart at least.
 

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I'd really like to see the tank from the front with no reflections. Looks very nice.

I saw the same exact tank in Japan. How many watts is it?
Tried my best... but can't really get a good shot. My bad.

About 7 days...


Close up of some of the plants.


I'm not sure if that 5W lighting is enough for this cube. A couple of plants are browning at the base and around the leaves.

I'm using DIY CO2 with a 375ml bottle, btw.
 

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Some of those plants may be reacting to water hardness or pH flux too.

A note on fish you can put in there - I'd think twice about any livebearers (or prolific egglayers for that matter ;) )... if you do use Endlers or guppies make sure you have either male or female, otherwise you might be looking at a population explosion within a year or so. And it'll be an inbred one at that.
 

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Here's one of 'em snails.



Also turns out my plants isn't decaying, but have this layer of brown dirt like thingy on the leaves. Are these algae?

Do people keep algae eaters in a nano? If so, what can I use?
 

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The snail variety you have appears to be a pond snail. They reproduce on their own and like crazy, so if you don't want to have to thin your snails a LOT or get over-run with them, I recomend killing them. Also, (though there is much dispute about this) pond snails can be more damaging to plants than some other speicies. If you like the snails, I suggest getting a few small ramshorns. (I particularly like the orange-red ones.) Also, malaysian trumpet snails are really good for plants since they gently turn your substrate, though you will probably only see them in the evening crawling up the glass since they spend most of their time in the gravel.

I have about 5 varieties of snails in my 5g nano... but then again... I like snails. When I get too many, I just toss in a home-made snail biscuit and wait a few hours... then I can pic out a whole ball of snails and deside which ones to keep....... of course, I have to knock several shrimp off of it before picking it up. :)


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