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    Two nano planted tank

    I just got back to having tanks again after a few years hiatus (only 8 years). Been reading alot, just started DSM on two nano tanks.

    Here's my setup:

    The tanks are 3.7g (Petco Imaginarium Brand) with back wall sump.
    Modified back wall sump for proper flow. Using coarse sponge, Fluva Biomax, fine filter media and Seachem Matrix.
    Light are the Chichiro A-Series (A-251)on 3rd lowest setting.
    Soil consist of ADA Power Sand base and ADA soil
    One tank has Seiryu stone and Dwarf Hairgrass and the other tank will have Dwarf Baby Tears and wood centerpiece. Wood is still soaking at the moment.
    Will eventually add pressurized CO2 once I flood the tank (hoping in about 6-8 weeks)?

    Lights currently running on timer for 14 h






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    Day 7

    The Dwarf Hairgrass tank is starting to produce some runners.
    The Dwarf Baby Tears ran into a little into an issue with mold. I spot treated with 1 part h202 and 3 part RO water. Removed all infected plants.

    Looks like I had too much moisture build up by spraying everyday.
    Left a small crack in plastic wrap and making sure soil is just moist instead of wet. I soaked up excess water by dabbing with paper towel.

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    Day 14

    Day 14

    The Dwarf Hairgrass tank is starting to produce more runners. Roots in substrate more visible.
    The Dwarf Baby Tears doing better, seeing tiny little leave growing. No more mold but had to remove Syran wrap completely and just spray as needed.

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    Day 21

    Dwarf Hairgrass got infected with too much mold on the old grass clumps. Note to self to try and separate the strands out better instead of a clump. Spot treated with H202 mixture didn't help so I decided to cut all infected area down a little below substrate level. All roots are growing fine. New growth seems to be fine.
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    Day 21 - Dwarf Baby Tears

    Beginning to see new growth. Can see some of the baby tears roots. Some of the original baby tears that didn't anchor its roots in the soils is dying.
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    Day 28

    Dwarf Hairgrass Tank and Dwarf Baby Tears Tank

    Not much change. Everything looks the same.




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    Day 35

    Flooded both tanks.
    Added another bunch of dwarf hair grass to the left tank and another bunch of dwarf baby tears to the right tank. Dwarf water lettuce on top for now, I kinda like that look. Had to make a baffle to block the dwarf water lettuce from going into the backflow chamber. Looking to add some Bucephalandra in the tank on the right with the wood. CO2 is up and running on both tanks




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    Day 42

    Both tanks have been flooded for a week. Lights running for 6 hours, CO2 running on the high side (these pictures were taken early in the morning when CO2 and light schedule didn't start yet. I just turned on lights for some quick pictures). Will increase light schedule to 8 hours. CO2 is scheduled turn on 2 hours prior to lights turning on and to turn off 1 hour before lights turn off. Did water change every other day for the first week of flooding. Removed the baffle from both tanks. Was having a film build up on surface. Instead, adjusted the flow of the pumps and direction flow to cut down on the dwarf water lettuce floating everywhere. Added some buce to the dwarf baby tears tank. Probably add more buce to back wall of the tank as well . Going to elevate new buce plants above the piece of wood eye level. Will run tanks for another 3 weeks like this because of a scheduled weekend trip and hope to add some shrimps when I return the following week. Don't want add any livestock when I'm away.



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    I'm boggled as to why your carpet is taking so long to fill in. Looked like there was almost no progress during DSM and even a few weeks after Flood, slow growth.

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    Maybe I have the light on too low?
    I started DSM with light setting on 3 then moved it to 4 out of a possible 7?
    Higher than that (5,6,7) the light hurts my eyes looking at the tank. Can't be good for my little kids to be staring at it either? dunno...
    I see the plants are pearling everyday when I get home from work.


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    Couple weeks ago I went on vacation and came back to dead DBT so had to replace it all. Hair Algae in my my DHG tank. H2O2 spot treatment on the DHG. Took a few week of getting back to normal again.
    Added a nerite to each tank and a couple amano to each tank.






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    Photos aren't public.

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    Haven't updated this in a while. Changed my Chihiros A-Series light on these two tanks to the Chihiros Clip On. Honestly the Chihiros RGB Series are some much better than these two series. Unfortunately the tanks are only 25cm wide so I can't use the Chihiros RGB Series on these small tanks.
    Added giant hairgrass to the dhg tank.
    HC tank was suffering from algae quite a bit. Couldn't find a happy balance for the HC carpet and the buce. If HC was happy, the buce and wood had too much algae. Ripped out the HC and replaced with buce carpet. New metallic leaves are starting to grow in.
    Added the Blue Dream Neos from auditinprogress to the two tanks. Thank you so much for the shrimps! Separated all dark full color one to the DHG tank and the light mixed ones to the other tank.
    Here's some updated photos enjoy.






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    lovin' the buce!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jem_xxiii View Post
    lovin' the buce!
    Thanks! I HAD to change after seeing your tank journal actually. LOL.

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    buces are fun, as they throw different colors out. east to maintain too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyeNewen View Post
    I just got back to having tanks again after a few years hiatus (only 8 years). Been reading alot, just started DSM on two nano tanks.

    Here's my setup:

    The tanks are 3.7g (Petco Imaginarium Brand) with back wall sump.
    Modified back wall sump for proper flow. Using coarse sponge, Fluva Biomax, fine filter media and Seachem Matrix.
    Light are the Chichiro A-Series (A-251)on 3rd lowest setting.
    Soil consist of ADA Power Sand base and ADA soil
    One tank has Seiryu stone and Dwarf Hairgrass and the other tank will have Dwarf Baby Tears and wood centerpiece. Wood is still soaking at the moment.
    Will eventually add pressurized CO2 once I flood the tank (hoping in about 6-8 weeks)?

    Lights currently running on timer for 14 h






    Look at your filter. I have some comment.
    The first chamber should have some filter pad to collect detrius before bio ring (otherwise your bio ring will get clogged very quick.) you can put bio ring on second chamber or last chamber with caution.
    The heater should be in the chamber where water level wont low which can cause your heater overheat and break. ( so i think 1st chamber should be the place.)
    Just my 2 cent.

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    Hi Daniel, thank you for your comments. You are correct, good eye! My back chamber changed a little bit before final setup. Forgot to take an updated picture once everything was in place- then it was too late to snap picture. First chamber actually has blue filter pads on top of the bio rings (bio rings level is also about 2 inches higher now). There is also a black coarse sponge at the inlet to protect the shrimp from going into the back sump. I usually have to swap the sponges out twice a week (I have a bunch of black coarse sponge cut to that size I can swap quickly. I change out the blue filter pads every two weeks or so. I returned the glass heater and switched to the Cobalt Aquatic Neo-Therm Aquarium Heater (much more compact and smaller). Second chamber actually has Seachem Matrix, since that chamber is very small and tight, I really can't fit anything else and the water level there is too low for the heater. Ideally I would like to have the polishing pad last prior to going to the last chamber containing the pump but I wanted easy access to change my filtering pad when needed. So far I change the polishing pad every month just to be safe, hasn't really clogged since the sponge and blue filter pads combo in the first chamber catches mostly everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeyeNewen View Post
    Hi Daniel, thank you for your comments. You are correct, good eye! My back chamber changed a little bit before final setup. Forgot to take an updated picture once everything was in place- then it was too late to snap picture. First chamber actually has blue filter pads on top of the bio rings (bio rings level is also about 2 inches higher now). There is also a black coarse sponge at the inlet to protect the shrimp from going into the back sump. I usually have to swap the sponges out twice a week (I have a bunch of black coarse sponge cut to that size I can swap quickly. I change out the blue filter pads every two weeks or so. I returned the glass heater and switched to the Cobalt Aquatic Neo-Therm Aquarium Heater (much more compact and smaller). Second chamber actually has Seachem Matrix, since that chamber is very small and tight, I really can't fit anything else and the water level there is too low for the heater. Ideally I would like to have the polishing pad last prior to going to the last chamber containing the pump but I wanted easy access to change my filtering pad when needed. So far I change the polishing pad every month just to be safe, hasn't really clogged since the sponge and blue filter pads combo in the first chamber catches mostly everything.
    yeah. I had few incidents that my friend broke their heaters so that always alarm me to see heater in last chamber. I did install autopoff on old AIO tanks so I don't have to worry about water level. Good choice on new heater. Did you put it in the back filter or in tank? About filter pad, doesn't matter how much polish pad I put in front, The bio media still got some detrius, so I backwash mine once a while..

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    I have all my biomedia and matrix in a mesh netting so it's easy access to yank out and clean too. Figured I would only yank it out every 3 months to rinse off gunk with tank water . Probably have to rinse out one media netting section today actually:-)

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