Lauren A Posted January 17 Share Posted January 17 (edited) Hi! I want to share my newest creation - The Puddle! It houses an adorable female betta, Penny, Ive had in a 2.5 gallon QT for quite a while - life kept getting in the way of the build. This is a 7 gallon UNS cube tank. I have a Dennerle Eck corner filter with the Neo Therm Pro heater. The glass lid is by ADA. Light Fluval Nano Spectrum 3.0. Most of my plants, if not all, were purchased from a few different amazing sellers on Etsy. And also used some plants from other tanks I have. I did a 6 week fishless cycle with plenty of plants. For aquasoil, I’m using my new favorite Aquario Neo (although I do use a small amount in an older tank) but it is phenomenal. It created a massive ammonia spike initially but cycled the tank rather quickly considered I used no pre-seeded media. I wanted to start fresh with this one. I highly recommend this soil if doing a fish-less cycle. For media, I’m using a course sponge, a finer sponge, filter floss and a filter polishing pad. I use the Sera Siporax biomedia. The filter is stuffed. I won’t need root tabs for about a year or two. I spoke with the distributor for instructions. I had been dosing NilocG Thrive C as instructed. I read the Rotala can pick up more of a reddish tone by restricting nitrates, so I’m going to cut back to half dose as an experiment to see what happens. We’ll see! If anyone has advice on whether they think I should continue dosing at a normal dose, please let me know. Nitrates sit around 15-20. My water is very soft with a Ph of 6.5. I don’t want to strip them of nutrients so any comments are appreciated. For plants I have the following: Crypt Wendtii Green Crypt Wendtii Bronze Crypt Jacobsenii (cannot wait to see this fully grown) Crypt Nurii Crypt Spiralis Red Sagitarria Subulata Anubias Nanas Bolbitis “mini” Rotala Rotundifolia Anacharis (floating) Guppy Grass (floating) Bucphalandra’s -Kedagang, Mini Coin, Brownie Coin and one more and I have to look up the other name and I may have some names wrong. They’re all beautiful whatever species they are! Water Sprite (floating) I think that’s it. I use Indian almond leaves and liquid tannins in my tanks. I added 4 horned nerite snails I purchased off EBay about 3 weeks ago. Penny went in 2 days ago. She’s very happy exploring her new surroundings. After major water changes or filter floss replacing, I am using Stability that day to be safe.as far as BB goes. Thanks for checking it out! I’d love to hear comments! Edited January 17 by Lauren A Added name of Buce 3 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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