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Old 04-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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So I have been a little jealous with all these beautiful rimless tanks out there and I thought I'd give one a shot and since I broke my 5.5g trying to remove the rim on it(haha, whoops) and since I didn't want to break the bank on a tank I figured now is a good time to start and I picked up a Fluval Flora today. I'm a little unsure as to where to go with this tank so suggestions are more than welcome, I just picked up a couple random plants today to take up the empty space for now. I got some schist rock in there now and I like the placement of it but what do you guys think I should plant it with? Stock will be some kind of shrimp and probably a grow out tank for angel fry since mine have spawned every 2 weeks for the last two months. Suggestions on equipment too please! Okay, pics for now before I start rambling.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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Looks good, question... Is that background that comes with those tanks removable?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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Thanks. It is removable, its just colored styrofoam with a little glue. I may take it out eventually but I figured I'd leave it in for now because I don't think I'm delicate enough to remove it without cracking the foam so once its out its out for good for me. Any suggestions on plants? Lighting is a 13w PC
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #4
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Looks good!! The background kinda messes with ya though... I like the rocks you picked but there getting lost with that background. Sorry just being honest!

EDIT: most pictures I see online have the background in place, are you sure it's removable? I see the ones in the UK don't have the background. Just figured I add this after looking through the Internet.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #5
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Looks good!! The background kinda messes with ya though... I like the rocks you picked but there getting lost with that background. Sorry just being honest!

EDIT: most pictures I see online have the background in place, are you sure it's removable? I see the ones in the UK don't have the background. Just figured I add this after looking through the Internet.
Don't be sorry! I feel the same way about the background drowning the rocks, and I think it covers up the plants a little too so I may switch it out for a solid color, what do you think about white? The background is removable I'm fairly sure, looks like there's just five 1" circles of glue which I'm pretty confident a razor could take care of.
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Maybe java fern
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:57 AM   #7
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Maybe java fern
I think with dry ferts and co2 I would like to try something a little different but thank you. I do really like java fern though, i have a narrow leaf that has done really well in my 20 long, its almost completely taken over my DW and the leaves reach the surface
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Don't be sorry! I feel the same way about the background drowning the rocks, and I think it covers up the plants a little too so I may switch it out for a solid color, what do you think about white? The background is removable I'm fairly sure, looks like there's just five 1" circles of glue which I'm pretty confident a razor could take care of.
I like the frosted look. Had I seen this before I would have done thjs in my planted tank. http://youtu.be/L21MeGoMBNc
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Do you have any idea where you want to go with the scape? Any particular style?

+1 to con, I use etched window film from home depot on the back of my tanks for the "frosted" look. I enjoy this look much more now then black, it really makes everything including the shapes you create pop.
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Do you have any idea where you want to go with the scape? Any particular style?

+1 to con, I use etched window film from home depot on the back of my tanks for the "frosted" look. I enjoy this look much more now then black, it really makes everything including the shapes you create pop.
100% I kick myself do not looking into a little more but... It is what it is. But that look IMO is amazing!!
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Thanks for the tip! I think I'll remove the background tonight or in a couple days, as far as plans for the tank goes I'm really not sure, I have all my other tanks with DE as the hard scape so with this one I would like to stick with rocks especially since schist like the ones I have are only $1/lb. the rest is just a blank slate, even the plants I have in now are subject to change haha, though I do like the hydro corymbosa kompact
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I like the hygro too, however once it starts growing, the leaves will get a longer... I found them to be really sensitive as well. All mine melted during an ammonia spike... I like what you have now, but maybe move the stones forward a little? And switch one of the smaller ones for a larger one... Keep the stones an odd number though. again, looks really nice!
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100% I kick myself do not looking into a little more but... It is what it is. But that look IMO is amazing!!
Haha I could swear Brian or I suggested it to you during your build! Haha ah well!
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I like the hygro too, however once it starts growing, the leaves will get a longer... I found them to be really sensitive as well. All mine melted during an ammonia spike... I like what you have now, but maybe move the stones forward a little? And switch one of the smaller ones for a larger one... Keep the stones an odd number though. again, looks really nice!
Really? Even the ones that are supposed to be compact? I have the standard hydro corymbosa in my 75 and use it as the background plants and its been the easiest plant I have, even easier than the java fern. I was at the LFS when I posted last and I did pick up a slightly larger stone, still smaller than the biggest one though. The stone in the original pic to the far left was actually just a chip from the big one I had from chiseling it. Picked up some Fritz bio something-or-other to speed the cycling and I have some cycled material to put in the filter so I hope it's ready for when my fry hatch if not ill figure out something. Here's a new pic that's not all bubbly, I'll move the new stone to the left and take out the smallest one in a little while.
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Wonderful tank! I too broke my 5.5g trying to "de-rim" it
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Haha I could swear Brian or I suggested it to you during your build! Haha ah well!
Really? Prove it and I'll send you a gift lol and if you in fact did then why didn't you smack me?! lol. My ONE regret!!
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Wonderful tank! I too broke my 5.5g trying to "de-rim" it
Isn't it awful?!! Haha I was so close too, I had like maybe 2 inches on silicone to go through then the top would have been off, instead of being an incredibly cheap rimless tank I almost got an incredibly expensive emergency room visit hahah.

Question: how do you guys heat your tanks? I'll be off to go look for a nano heater soon but would like opinions. I need it adjustable or at least a reliable and stable 79 degrees
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Isn't it awful?!! Haha I was so close too, I had like maybe 2 inches on silicone to go through then the top would have been off, instead of being an incredibly cheap rimless tank I almost got an incredibly expensive emergency room visit hahah.

Question: how do you guys heat your tanks? I'll be off to go look for a nano heater soon but would like opinions. I need it adjustable or at least a reliable and stable 79 degrees
I think Cobalt makes a nano heater, adjustable.
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http://www.cobaltaquatics.com/index....products_id=33

Maybe something like this?
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I just got the hydor 25 watt for my 5 gallon. So far so good...
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