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Well I have had an empty 8 gallon tank just sitting empty in my garage so I decided that I would start a new venture. At first I just wanted to start some moss to put in my goldfish aquarium and as I began to do research I ended up wanting to start a non mechanical planted tank. It has been going for a couple weeks now. I added some easy to grow plants and snails to get the cycle started. I plan on adding a shrimp and some platy once all my parameters are ready for some livestock other than snails. I started with black sand and wish I would've added nutrient rich soil in the beginning. I haven't added any fertilizer yet but made a DIY Co2 system and a sponge filter. But as I stated in the beginning I wanted non mechanical but I kinda caved because I don't have enough plants to filter the water yet. I'm trying to keep the costs low. So far it's looking good and waiting for the Co2 levels to climb a little. It's a fun little project that requires very little maintenance.
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Yesterday I added 5 Neon Tetras and I plan to add 5 more in the coming days then I plan on getting some of another type little schooling fish. I have some Ludwigia red repens coming in the mail soon to give some color and provide more shade for the Tetras.

I really enjoy caring for my aquariums and just watching all my fish. I'm going to need a couple more tanks and a reason to build a stand for them haha
 

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You should follow invertebrates by mzjinkz on YouTube, just type in Rachel O’Leary, she does great nano fish. The small schooling fish like tetras, assorted minnows, etc. I don’t do small fish, but I’d order from her if I did! She has an amazing set up. I’ve always preferred labrynth fish, like gourmies, Berta’s, and then my husband loves the black tip and balls sharks. Bigger, more visible, good color options.
 

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@JamieB thank you for the information, I will certainly check out her videos!

I already want to go up about 90 gallons so I can incorporate different species of fish and plants on a larger platform. I'm really liking the natural heavily planted aquariums with fish and shrimp swimming through the leaves, limbs , roots. This tank here is my entry level start up to get my feet wet, so to speak of and to see if I really do want to continue onward with heavily planted aquariums.
 
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I follow Rachel, joey at King if DIY, and Jenny at solid gold aquatics. If you are at all interested in building your own tank, filters, or backgrounds, watch joeys stuff. I just may end up building a custom tank over my bookshelf.
 

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I follow Rachel, joey at King if DIY, and Jenny at solid gold aquatics. If you are at all interested in building your own tank, filters, or backgrounds, watch joeys stuff. I just may end up building a custom tank over my bookshelf.
Oh alright cool, Yea I follow king of DIY also. I love his videos and I love a good DIY project!
 
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Oh alright cool, Yea I follow king of DIY also. I love his videos and I love a good DIY project!
My first fish tank was kinda like the pond I went for broke I went straight to the reef tank. and this is going back a ways like to 1982 . wet dry and protein skimmer was the way to go then . I designed a double drip tray so that the water was even over the bio balls and then I made a maze with live rock. To top it off I put the 70 gallon tank into a custom entertainment center built into the wall and above my TV. And yes in the ten years I did have to replace one tv because water got into the back of the tv. Hard corals were a challenge back then but gorgonians, sponges and soft corals grew like a weed.
 

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Just and quick update on the tank. It had a snail explosion but they seem to be dwindling in numbers. I haven't really touched this tank other than a water change a couple weeks ago from and algae bloom but it seems to be leveling out now. It's definitely not the prettiest tank and I'm just letting it don't it's own thing while I supervise.
 
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If you’re getting algae blooms, add a pothos cutting to the water to pull excess nutrients.
 

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If you’re getting algae blooms, add a pothos cutting to the water to pull excess nutrients.
I really only had one big algae bloom and its looking like the tank is fixing itself. Theres a little here and there but it is decreasing along with the snail population that was out of control for a bit which Im guessing helped waste build up... adding a pothos is something im thinking of doing when my cats cant get
 
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you say you want aquatic plants in an aquarium?
You say you'd like to rid your self of algae?
If your serious about a planted tank?
get a co2 system read up about it and your algae problems will be history and ripping plants out by the handful will be your new problem.
 
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