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Hello anyone/everyone, this site has been a massive help as I’ve been researching and planning my first planted (nano 2g) tank. Additional information - I bought a small HOB, small heater, a decent light and an air pump with a bubbler that produces micro bubbles. Initially I was just going to use this for propagating my expensive Hoyas but decided to plan a planted tank with shrimp in addition.

I have seen so many differences in opinions on using pure aqua soil, capping, mixing etc.

I just watched another video by MD Fish Tanks on YouTube and he recommends mixing 33/33/33 of gravel, stratum and sand for low tech tanks.

Has anyone tried this style of mixing? I was thinking I could buy lava rock to mix with my fluval stratum and then also pick up black sand. The background is black too so I’d like to keep it cohesive.

Thanks in advance!

 

Also I have the list of plants I’m planning on putting in if that would be helpful.

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He’s a little guy, just 11” vertical, 9.5” horizontal and 8” deep.

 

I would like to silicone in a little piece of a plastic bottle to conceal the bubbler and have a slight slope at the back. Enough to bury the mini heater I purchased anyway.

 

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I think it’s a decent size for this kind of mix, I have never done this before but I think you have just enough room for some of it @quick-nanotime

On 5/23/2024 at 7:20 PM, quick-nanotime said:

He’s a little guy, just 11” vertical, 9.5” horizontal and 8” deep.

 

I would like to silicone in a little piece of a plastic bottle to conceal the bubbler and have a slight slope at the back. Enough to bury the mini heater I purchased anyway.

 

IMG_3489.jpeg

IMG_3482.jpeg

 

If not the mix, black and white colors would pop, with that sort of background, the darker the more pop shown from your fish. But I think you could try this mix, maybe I should too, as I am setting up a 5g myself soon. Not  my first tank, the first I went with gravel, now I am thinking of sand….

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