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    Topfin retreats (UPGRADE SOON)

    Decided to setup some tanks again about a month ago and only had Topfin retreats on hand.

    Plants:

    Hydrocotyle tripartita
    Rotala hra
    Rotala macrandra
    Rotala wallichii
    Microcarpaea Minima Merrill
    S repens
    Ludwigia narrow
    Hygrophila pinnatifida
    Subwassertang
    Proserpinaca Palustris (melted and I have two small survivors that Iím trying to grow)
    Myrio green
    AR mini
    AR rosanervig
    Taiwan moss
    Fissidens
    Blyxa novoguineensis
    RRF
    Salvinia Minima
    Some random red stem plant that Toru says is a temple plant

    Hardscape:

    Spider wood DW and ohko stone

    Livestock:

    Tank 1
    Yellow honey gourami
    Clown killi
    Ember tetra
    A lonely male scarlet badis

    Tank 2
    Wild type honey gourami
    Gold white clouds
    A trio of gold heterandria Formosa
    Also has a lonely male scarlet badis

    Lighting:

    23w 6500k cfl bulb during the beginning but switched to ONF flat nano+

    Filtration:

    Sponge filter during the beginning but switch to an azoo HOB

    Substrate:

    Used Amazonia with some root tabs

    No co2 and ferts besides the root tabs

    This was about a week into the setup. I removed the filter compartment and replaced it with a sponge filter for more space


    Added another piece of driftwood. Not too happy with it tho but Iím getting some growth in the plants.

    Took another pic after a few days



    I bought too much fish again and had to setup another jar/tank.


    Couldnít bear to see the fish in a jar so I setup another Topfin retreat. Filter compartment removed as well.



    FTS. Taken a few days ago. Plants still need some growing to do but I like my new light better. Theyíre responding very well to it.


    Very happy with the plants but I feel like the fishes are cramped. I already bought two 20g longs and the stand will be built soon. Will keep updating this thread with progress.

    Those black ďrimsĒ are just some plastic that I cut to prevent them from jumping. I have some clear plastic netting coming in soon and Iíll replace them with the netting.

    Also, when I upgrade the fish to the 20g long Iíll be converting these into shrimp tanks.





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    Last edited by cjbart1009; 08-13-2019 at 11:50 AM.
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    That wild type homey gourami is awesome, and so are all the plants

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    Little update. Stand arrived yesterday. Thanks @Discofan!




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    Plants look nice and lush

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