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    3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

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    Just finished setting up the tank earlier this week.


    I intend to keep Cardinal Tetra in this tank so I scape the tank with only drift woods, making sure there were lots of cover for the timid fishes.


    As this is a low maintenance tank, I chose java ferns, narrow java and trident ferns. So no stem plants, no foreground plants that require frequent trimming.


    Tank specs: ADA 90-P, 90cm x 45cm x 45cm, 185L approx; 49Gallon
    Substrate : GEX Best Bio Soil 6 litres
    Filtration : Eheim 2215/ 350
    Plants : Java, Narrow, Trident ferns and Anubias Nana Petite
    Lighting : Finnex Stingray 20w (40) 7000k + ( Actinic Blue LEDs + ( 660nm Red LEDs
    co2 system: Aluminium 2L Ista cylinder with ANS co2 regulator with solenoid
    Photo period : 6 hours


    Some pics to share.

    Day1




    The lights from Finnex is very nice. The transformer runs very hot but the LED is warm to touch, still much cooler than your PL light. The purplish cast on the nana petite looks good.





    The initial plan was to use ADA Aquasoil, but seeing that it leeches ammonia frequently, I decided to go for an inert sand. GEX Best Bio Sand is a type of volcanic ash. Best of all, you don't need to wash it and it's grandular. The black color soil was very nice too. Many thanks to Paul from Rein biotech for recommending Frosty Haven (online shop) so I can get free shipping and delivery. Thumbs up.



    Bought the Do!Aqua Inflow (VV-2 13mm) from Kenny, Sun Pets & Aquariums. Got a good price for it. Thanks. The large oval shaped inlet should help with better flow.




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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    looks good! java fern spam! it will grow super fast in no time!

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by jermseah View Post
    looks good! java fern spam! it will grow super fast in no time!
    Thanks, but I don't think it will grow fast in low light. More important for me is for it to convert to submersed form, so i can do a rescape in 1-2 years time.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Simple yet beautiful! May I know where you get the Finnex Stringray from?

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    When I'm older, more experienced and have had hated this whole high tech EI planted tank learning experience, my 3 feet tank will become as yours.

    Any lifestock in there yet?

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by ZIr View Post
    Simple yet beautiful! May I know where you get the Finnex Stringray from?
    Finnex Stingray is from the US. It comes with 110-240v power adapter, so can be use in Singapore without step up or down transformer.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by aza View Post
    When I'm older, more experienced and have had hated this whole high tech EI planted tank learning experience, my 3 feet tank will become as yours.


    Any lifestock in there yet?

    My tank is a hybrid, low light, low maintenance. The reason why I have co2 is because a constant supply of co2 will keep algae to low level. A low tech tank with no co2, the plant will have to adapt to low co2 environment and during water changes (spike in co2), algae will be able to take advantage of this and outgrow the plants.


    My tank is different from high tech + high light. My planned water change will be twice per month/ maybe one per month. Dosing of ferts is once per month.


    No fish yet, it is only the 3rd day of cycling...

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Very nice tank....like the curve in front!

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Goalkeeper View Post
    Very nice tank....like the curve in front!

    The curve in front is actually a bridge / cavern for fish to hide and swim through. There is a mini chasm (both sides ferns) behind leading to the other side of the tank. Will share next time with pics.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Can I know where you bought so much narrow ferns? How much does it cost?

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Ordering plants in bulk, you can either buy from other hobbyist, bioplast aquarium (submersed form- java ferns), Y618 or Capricorn Aquarium.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    How's the finnex performance? Are these available in Singapore?

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Goalkeeper View Post
    How's the finnex performance? Are these available in Singapore?
    Transformer runs very hot. I have a corsair 140mm fan cooling it when it's on. Other than that, pretty low light, but PAR value is good. Almost 30+. I read that anubias leave grows 1 leave every 2-3 month, but mine 6 bunches already had 2 small leaves sprouting. Further more, my anubias were in the shade.

    Light is not available in Singapore.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Wow didn't know it'll be that hot! Thanks.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    The weakest link is the transformer. Just have the fan to cool it and it will be fine.

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Haven't update the thread for a long time. These were the non XL versions of Wild caught Cardinal Tetras that I bought from Y618 previously. They came in a bag of 20-25. Never expected them to live so long though. Coming to 3 years now. A large 3FT tank does indeed provides some form of stability for them. I never had any luck with keeping them for more than 6 months in my very first 1FT tank.

    Does your cardinal tetras have the same coloration as mine?


















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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Nice photos and nice tank bro! Do you mind to share the whole tank set up as of now?

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    Re: 3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Nice photos and nice tank bro! Do you mind to share the whole tank set up as of now?
    Thank you for the compliment.

    I used to use things like Java ferns and moss, but have stopped. It's kinda mid tech now. It is also alot more work than compared to 1.5 years ago coupled with extreme hot weather. Tank currently sitting at 31C, 24/7. No fans, no chiller.

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