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Nano Planted Tank - Treescape

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I put this up another forum, thought I would share here ...

As most of you know my love has always been for tangs, but I really had the urge to start up a nano planted tank ... I have a bad habit of limiting myself (Im sure you're all suffering the same problem). So I pulled out an old curved tank I had laying around ...

This is my first official planted tank, It was going to be a test to see if I could keep plants alive, then buy a larger tank later ... I ended up buying a larger tank even before i got this one going :P

Current Specs:

Tank: 35cm x 25cm x 27cm ish (and very scratched) - Im really liking nanos atm, so i want to replace it soon.

C02: Originally was DIY, but it now has a C02 Pro system

Lighting: 2ft T5HO

Substrate: ADA Amazonia

Plants: Anubias Nana 'petite', HC, Xmas Moss, Erio Shiga & Parkeri & Eleocharis acicularis

Fish: Endlers & Cherry Shrimp

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All the advice I got seemed to direct me towards LED Floodlights ... So to fleabay I went and bought a 10W LED Floodlight. Next stop bunnings to make a stand. This was the result.

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I need to add that I have a serious hatred for snails, So i bought some HC and a Anubias Nana Petite from a LFS, brought it home and soaked them in bleach fir 15 min (not diluted). Just to be sure i then rinsed and soaked in a potassium permanganate mix for further 15min. By the time this was up I was down to 30% of the HC (that didnt look healthy) and all the leaves on the Anubias were gone (looked like a yakka :P).

I persevered and planted the HC into the Dupla Ground (my original substrate). 1 stem at a time (PAINFUL)

So the tank started out like this

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I ordered some Flame moss from a member thinking it was the way to go for the tree. In my infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) I repeated the snail killing procedure, but this time with diluted bleach. Needless to say it took a few weeks for the moss to recover and start sprouting again.

As the weeks went by I grew impatient. I needed to see results so I changed a few things. LED floodlight was ditched to a dual T5 light I had laying around and the dupla substrate had to go. So in came the ADA Amazonia. Around this time I got some Xmas moss to replace the Flame and a small C02 system.

You can see the dreadful looking anubias on the bottom of the tree. Its finally starting to grow some new leaves smile.png

I added some endlers and Cherrys as well ... I now have dislike for endlers, they're constantly picking at the HC and uprooting anything thats not remotely stable.

The ADA, light and C02 made a huge difference, it wasn't long before I was here:

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I took a few plants from my other tank to see what effect High lighting had, so I added some Rotala Macranda and Rotala 'sp' Goias along with some Erio Parkeri and a Shiga. The Macranda went nuts, awesome colour and a root system like a weed. I originally bought 1 or 2 Parkeri, but I now have 5 (they're doing really well and splitting too) ...

I wasnt too happy with the way it was going so I did a small rescape this evening were i added the Eleocharis acicularis and moved the erios to the front ... The Macranda is back in the 3ft.

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Great first attempt! Plants looking really lush.

I would agree with DFF, implementing some rock work would be nice. Also, the large filter is a bit obtrusive.

IMO, the Erios would contrast better if it was placed behind the finer leaved HC. The Hair grass should look awesome once it spreads out more ;)

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Thats how the plan started out ... But I have an issue with keeping things simple :P I feel like its a waste, I want as many plants as I can get.

Have you considered just having it, the tree + HC

and maybe adding in a few rocks?

the chains and rushes..... they look a bit out of place IMHO

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I will add a little rock work at the base of the tree (just need to find something small that fits)

The erios were behind the HC, but I brought them to the front because i felt the HC was hiding them too much.

This was just a test tank, I want to move everything to a tank with less scratches eventually, when that happens there will be some glass lily pipes and a canister.

Great first attempt! Plants looking really lush.

I would agree with DFF, implementing some rock work would be nice. Also, the large filter is a bit obtrusive.

IMO, the Erios would contrast better if it was placed behind the finer leaved HC. The Hair grass should look awesome once it spreads out more ;)

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The HC has gone crazy ... The hairgrass is gone, it grew a 10cm runner with 8 new shoots in less than a week and was popping up through the HC. I replaced it with some UG thats taken off realy well (thanks EA). I had some Fisseden I wanted to grow so thats in there temp on a rock to get it going. the Erios are going crazy too with the flowery/stems and splitting too.

Ugly internal is gone - replaced with an Eden 501

Shrimp have been added, few CBS, CRS and Chocolates thanks to a mate ;)

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Looking great mate, very healthy plants. Nice to see the ugly internal has been removed :)

i was also going to suggest adding a black or blue background but the tree shadow effect is pretty nifty lol

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It did a reasonably good job, If I was to get another flood, I would get a 20 or 30W not 10.

I've now changed the light to a DIY LED with 6 Cree's and its doing REALLY well.

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Mate that tree looks fekk'n amazing!! I so want to do that now lol Well done :clap2:

Thanks :) ... I changed things around, I now have a heap of UG thats started going well, hopefully a tank full soon.

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