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Old 01-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #1 
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I started this tank I while ago, but after going through a period of neglect this tank is back on track and is doing great. I set it up a while ago, but haven't really taken many pictures nor kept track of the progress cause it got ugly, now it is somewhat good.

Tank:Standard 5.5 glass
Substrate: Fluval Plant Stratum
Light: Lamp from the hardware store+foil to get the light more focused on a timer
Equipment: Azoo Palm Filter (To be planted, not sure yet. Any recommendations?), Zoo Med 501 canister (Might get some lily pipes), Tetra heater (had it laying around)
Hardscape: Driftwood
Dosing: S:Micros + Iron M: Potassium T: W: Micros + Iron T: Potassium F: - S: WC and Potassium + Nitrogen
Flora: Dwarf Hairgrass (DHG), Rotala Rotundifolia, Hygrophila Polysperma "sunset", Reineckii, Pennywort, anubias, mixed mosses and pothos only roots in the water)
Fauna: male Betta, 1 Amano shrimp (Trying to get the other one out of the other tank, random snails (That I want to get rid of)

So for what everyone wants, pictures!
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Full tank shot.
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Close up.
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Hygrophila Polysperma/ Partial top view.
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Man of the tank.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #2 
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its a nice fish tank! i like everything in it especially the plant in the center.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:27 PM   #3 
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Hey there,

Your tank looks great!!! I really like the driftwood with the plant on it. Your betta looks like he has heaps of personality!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #4 
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Wow, very pretty and green!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #5 
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Wow, very pretty and green!
It's too green lol. Once the polysperma grows a bit tall it should start to get even pinker and it will look much better.

Thanks for all the compliments!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #6 
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I am your tanks' number one fan!

Love when you share pictures. You're a real inspiration!
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:30 PM   #7 
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Really? That's actually pretty cool!

I tried to do this tank on a smaller budget, it turned out pretty good, but now I know why some people on my other forum are crazy for ADA Aquasoil. Anyways I will try to keep this thread updated and try to check up and see if any one has a question about anything.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:39 PM   #8 
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Oh wow, Kfry, it looks amazing! The driftwood really ties the whole thing together. Is that a Rapids Mini Canister filter? How do you like it?

And the man of the tank looks very proud to have such awesome digs. Do you think you might add shrimp to it later?
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #9 
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Nope, thats why I put everything up top lol. Its the Zoo Med 501, rated for "30" gallons but for turtles, which means a tank that is usually half empty so for fish they say it is rated for 15 gallons. Most bettas would probably struggle if they are not healthy, are anything but plakat, or are weak swimmers. I will honestly be screwed if I had to get a new one because I would have to find a way to reduce the flow I have gotten him to do good in current, so without some modifying I would say no for use in small tanks. It would be great for 10 gallons, but remember it must be on the same level on the tank, so have room on the stand or make something because it can't go below.

Watching my amano clean the anubias, it is really cool!
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:06 PM   #10 
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I have noticed that my betta is not that aggressive towards the amano, even when he was in the cup looking at it. I haven't housed any shrimp in this tank and he flares at my finger and phone, so I may try to get some cherry shrimp if I can find them cheap or from a member of SFBAAPS.
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I need to cut the leaf that is blocking the view, it is out of place and doesn't look good. You can also see I am getting a new leaf.
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