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  1. My primary display tank for the past few years has been a Spec 16 gallon. I tried a lot of different plants and livestock in this tank until it kind of turned into a controlled chaos jungle that was nearly impossible to maintain without disturbing everything. So I finally just decided to do a full reset. The plants and livestock were moved to my other tanks and projects. The following details the steps and what I plan to do this time around. Nothing ground breaking here but I have some ideas that I'm hoping work well together. First plans for stocking once complete. The original setup had nano fish like Ember Tetras and White cloud minnows and Cherry Shrimp. Once they became establish the Cherry Shrimp colony exploded to the point I was selling them, moving them to other tanks and giving them away. As I increased the stock of fish in the tank and added some species that were more prone to snacking on baby shrimp their population declined. I always still had a few that kept producing but I would have to look for them to find them. I really miss having shrimp everywhere so I want to focus getting a big colony going again so... - Neo Caridina shrimp (any color love them all) - Amano Shrimp or Rudolph shrimp - Green Kubotai Rasbora - Hummingbird Tetra - Bladder snails (I have a pea puffer tank) Plants. I learned by trial error in the previous setup what plants worked in my water with the stock light on this tank. Some things grew so well they were almost annoying and tried to take over the tank and other things struggled to even get started. Also some things were just so much simpler to maintain once established - Background - Crypt Nurii (crypts grow tall for me in this setup rather than staying low and bushy) - Midground - Hygrophila corombosa compacta - Foreground - Crypt Parva and Schismatoglottis Prietoi (we need a nickname for that 2nd one) Substrates I have had good luck using stratum so that will be the base for most of the tank areas that will be planted. However if you cap it with anything it tends to work its way to the top over time as it is very light and fluffy easy to disturb. To reduce that this time I plan to put a piece of plastic screen mesh over the stratum before adding the cap material. This will help to keep the substrates from mixing but will still allow roots to grow through. The primary substrate on display will be #2 chicken grit...which is crushed quartzite sold at farm supply stores. I bought a 20lb bag for $8 and its a brownish red dark color when wet. That was a wall of text. If you read that...thanks? lol now for some photos of progress. Im sort of frugal so I always try to use or reuse items I already have around. One of those things I had was sheets of rockwool squares from a plant project. I decided they would make a good light weight way to add vertical structure to the setup. Im using various chunks of Seiryu stone and some staight pieces of wood for structure and to create barriers for substrate. This is the end of the tank I see from my living room chair Im no aquascaping expert but Im making an attempt at the rule of thirds and doing a triangular layout from both viewing angles Here ive put a barrier of the gravel near the glass with stratum behind it and then started adding the screen I ran out of stratum but this will be repeated for each layer. Remaining substrate in place Plants in 4 pots of Parva 2 Bunches of Hygrophila 1 Cup of Schismatoglottis 2 Cups Crypt nurii Filled the tank until plants were just submerged. Going to run it half filled to let the plants get started and get the cycle going. I'm modifying the filtration on this tank so that it runs off an air pump and a easy flow kit. Ill update when I start putting that together. Thanks for looking!
  2. Still cycling the tank. Almost ready. Nitrites present. Monte Carlo growing hopefully gonna get a nice carpet.
  3. Hey guys, I recently set my eye on starting the aquarium hobby, the panemic has us all indoors and limiting our activities so I thought it would be a great hobby both because it's 100% indoors and it can be a challenging and cool hobby. So I did a little digging, went to my local petstore and I came up with a beginner's aquarium idea and I'd like to see what you guys think about it: So my idea is to basically get a 16 gallon aquarium, and startup with the following fish: 6 Rasboras, 8 Zebras, 3 bolivian rams, 3 kuli loaches, 2 chinese algae eaters, and a single angel fish. I'm also thinking about getting a couple of live plants to go with it, and knowing some beginner friendly plants would be great as well. Do you guys feel this idea is adequate? Or what would be some improvements I could make to the plan before I actually go ahead and buy it. Thank you.
  4. Greetings - Our Fresh water tank is having a bit of an algae outbreak. We thought we were able to clean it and swap out about 1 Gal of water three days ago, but since then the algae growth has accelerated. My wife and I are very new to aquarium management, so we would appreciate any advice anyone would be willing to provide. Specifically we're looking fo guidance on additional fish/others we can add to help with algae management, as well as guidance about what type of cleaning we should in the short term to manage the algae. 16 Gallon Fresh water tank (Fluval Spec V 16). Current residents are: Six Guppies Three Tetras They seem happy and active, and even peck at the algae at times. We are anticipating adding more, but planned to wait a little while to ensure we can select the right things. Here are our last three measurements: pH 27-Nov : 6.8 8-Dec : 7.6 11-Dec : 7.6 Ammonia 27-Nov : 0ppm 8-Dec : 2ppm 11-Dec : 2ppm Nitrate 27-Nov : 0ppm 8-Dec : 0ppm 11-Dec : 2ppm Nitrite 27-Nov : 0ppm 8-Dec : 2ppm 11-Dec : 2ppm We swapped out about 1 gallon of new water on 8-Dec. We use Seachem Prime & Stability on any new water. Light is on about 12 hours per day. The tank is next to a window so it does get some outside light. Heater is set for 79° and confirmed the temp with a separate thermometer. Thank you
  5. This will be a journal for my current tank. One single tank? I know. Blasphemy! The struggle is real. I have been keeping aquariums off and on for nearly 40 years and this is my first foray into a fully planted tank for various reasons. The tank has been up and running for a few months now and I had intended to start this journal right away but...life etc. My current rental lease was changed to allow aquariums so naturally I started planning without delay. My space was limited so I couldn't do my preferred tank (40 breeder) and the tank/stand would be in our main living area so I wanted something that looked nice while hiding most of the equipment. I found a Fluval Spec 16 on sale at my LFS. Customer returned it because it was the wrong color so opened product discount! Tank- Fluval Spec 16 Subtrate- Black aquarium gravel base to give the bed some height at a lower cost Stratum top layer Filteration- has an in tank filter section on one end with 3 chambers First chamber filled with coarse sponge pad cut to size Second chamber Bottom filled with fine rectangular pot scrub sponges (dollar store) Top filled with ceramic bio balls in a mesh bag Third chamber Houses the submersible pump and submersible heater Sponge filter In tank for aeration and grazing Plants- Compact Amazon Swords Red dwarf Aquarium Lily Scarlet Temple Anubias Nana petite Monte Carlo Christmas Moss Bridge Java Moss Micro Sword Water Sprite Fish Celestial Pearl Danio/Galaxy Rasbora Ember Tetra White Cloud Mountain Minnow Otocinclus catfish Bristlenose Plecostomus Inverts- Red cherry shrimp Amano shrimp Nerite snail Ramshorn snails Bladder snails Malaysian trumpet snails These were all early pics follow up to come soon! Thanks for looking
  6. I'm currently in the process of cycling my 16 gallon Fluval Vista aquarium. It's been almost 3 weeks: water parameters look great except for high nitrates. Have done 2 water changes of 50% each. Looking forward to some new occupants!
  7. Hello! First forum experience. Just wanted to say hi! I have four tanks. One 16 gallon with a female betta, ember tetras, ottos, Kuhlis and Cherries. Two 5 gallons with a Plakat betta in each (one with shrimp). And a split 20 gallon with three bettas in it. As you can tell I LOVE betta fish.
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