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Here's my Aqueon Evolve 4, with 2 guppies and some Rotala Nenjenshan (guppies love to eat the leaves on this plant) some of stems are even bare of leaves :angryfire

I'm hoping to get a betta or to just make a shrimp tank to replace these guppies. Any idea on what other small plants I could squeeze in? The tank is around 3 gallons I believe.



I modified the filter area by replacing the filter floss/carbon combo with a Acrylic sheet that fit in the slot. I stuffed my own floss in the intake and added Fluval bio max behind the sheet. In the pump area is a bag of activated carbon.

Pump was to loud and turbulent. I lowered the flow by drilling several holes in the tube. Made it quiet by wrapping the pump in filter floss.

Sand is standard Pool Filter sand (nepheline syenite)

Here's a video too
http://youtu.be/EPJEc9w1AQI


FYI, I got this tank on sale at petsmart for 38$ it was missing a lid though. Luckily Aqueon has awesome customer service, they sent me a replacement free of charge!
 

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Small update, I added some branches off a large piece of driftwood. Also my Rotala is doing well with stock lighting.



Anyone think a plastic canvas/moss wall would fit well with this tank. Is the stock evolve lighting good enough for it?
 

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get some moss wall screen and suction cups, attach and utilize it as a weird mattenfilter. Moss should be fine with the lighting and it might take some patience and time to get it filled in properly, but eventually it will.
 

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I have some plastic canvas I cut out to perfectly for the black wall.

Unfortunately suction cups wont stick to the plastic back wall of the Evolve =[ I will have to figure something out.

Pictures soon once I have the moss.
 

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I have some plastic canvas I cut out to perfectly for the black wall.

Unfortunately suction cups wont stick to the plastic back wall of the Evolve =[ I will have to figure something out.

Pictures soon once I have the moss.
Does it need to be removable? Super glue or silicon would hold it to the wall.
 

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If it's low tech, I HIGHLY recommend Anubias nana var. barteri (spelling?). It's got the big round leaves that Anubias Nana has and it's anubias so it's indestructible, but it's tiny sized. Petsmart sells them in the little triangle shaped packages now. I've also got some narrow leaf java fern and anubias consegensis (spelling?). Those work well as taller narrow leafed plants. Depending on where your lighting is and everything I've grown really partial to pogostemon helferi and staurogyne repens for foreground plants. Check it!

Here's my aqueon Evolve 4, most of the plants I listed are in this one. I just upgraded to pressurized Co2 a day or two ago, but it hasn't really had time to show any difference. So the whole set up is basically run on the stock LEDs, no ferts, no Co2 addition. The staurogyne is floating cause my snails like to pop it out a lot.

 

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Kman, Superglue will have to do ;).
I actually had a thought, if the mesh material is stiff enough, you could instead superglue a couple strips of black plastic with a small space where you could wedge the mesh in to hold it in place like a frame. The idea being only small strips (1/2" wide or thinner) running the length of the black plastic back are glued, rather then the whole mesh. Then it's removable, too, if needed. I'm not explaining this well, but I'll elaborate if you're not following.
 

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Could I just use fiber glass window screen for the moss?
 

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Great start! Keep an eye on that stock LED. I think they must have made improvements on the stock light but mine went out rather quickly. My only suggestion is taking out the bag of carbon and replacing it with purigen. Much better stuff. Also I think you are already aware since I think your carbon is there but there is a lot of extra space in the pump area under the filter tray. I shoved a whole bunch of ceramic bio material down in there while I kept the sponges and other media that might need to be serviced up top in the filter tray area.

If you are going to keep shrimp, think about how you are going to block off the grates and the hole that enter into the filter area. Shrimp love to get back there even with a regular aquaclear sponge blocking the entrance. I had to use filter floss, will be getting stainless steel real soon to make my own cover.

I found the flow of my stock pump to be too strong for shrimp, but since the tank looks like it has some changes already I think they might have addressed that. If the flow is too strong people have tried cutting slits into the stock tubing, taking off the jet tip to the outflow and putting a sponge on the outflow. I just have a sponge on the outflow but its one more thing that gets clogged and needs to be cleaned.
 

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10 Month Update! Torn down and replaced with new sand and plastic plants... (don't hit me) The stock LED is going strong 10 months in (9 hours a day) for those who want to know. The filter compartment was modified the same way as ThisIsMyName did

No longer a planted tank because i was getting real tired of the overgrowth plus I wanted an easier to care for small tank. Sorry I don't have any pics of what it use to look like fully overgrown =[

Anyways, now its a Betta tank!


Yes I know fake plants suck, I'm looking for a very slow growing plant to take the fake ones place so I don't have to do much work with this tank. I do have alot of Java Fern now but i was hoping to do an easy carpet of somesort.

Here is my new male Crowntail Betta, I've named him Rockstar.



He has already taken a liking to his Betta log and new surroundings but I am worried about those fake plants.

Any suggestions are appreciated!
 

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No such thing as an easy carpet, unfortunately. DHG can live in a low tech low light tank, and grows super slow, but you'll literally need to plant the entire carpet by hand, because it won't spread without co2 injection and good lighting. DHG Belem might be another idea, although, the same problem exists in terms of needing to plant the whole area yourself since it won't spread. (I've kept DHG in a low tech tank like yours, but haven't tried Belem)

I'd worry that the sharp hard edges on those plastic plants might tear up a betta's fins.
 

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I was worried to that's why I've now removed the plastic plants. I've put some of my Java Fern in there for now, just so there's something in there.

I do have dwarf hairgrass in my other tanks that are slow growing aswell. Not so sure about planting individual clumps to carpet it my self. I may stick with just a sand bottom and just add stem plants in addition to the Rhizome plants I currently have in there.

What would be a great Low light, low height (around 6") low maintenance stem plant? I have a bunch of Rotala but I know it will overgrow in this tank and create a huge canopy like it did before. I also have Amazon Swords but those exploded in my tank before too.
 

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Perhaps Crypt Parva? Without a rich substrate, no co2 and low light, it grows quite slowly, IME. Anubias are also a great choice.

Actual stem plants like swords tend to be fairly fast growing.

As to DHG, I didn't mean to plant clumps, but actually to literally plant individual blades. That's the best way to get a carpet. Slow and tedious, but effective.
 

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It's not actually as bad as you'd think, especially with a tank that small. And it's a one-time task, not something you have to do regularly. A good pair of long tweezers (under $10 on Amazon), and it could be done in an hour or two.

I planted individual small clumps of DHG Belem in my 17 gal tank (see journal below, 10/22 entry), along the front. (Belem grows in clumps for 4-6 blades, on average)
 
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