Kitchen nano 35L

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So after many many months of renovations I’ve finally set the kitchen tank up.

Here’s the basics

Tank: Dennerle 35L scapers tank

Hardscape: Redmoor root/mini landscape stone

Substrate: Tropica soil, basic river sand.

Light: Chihiros 45 RGB set at 50% 6 hours a day 1 hour after co2.

Filter: currently 300LPH HOB but will be upgrading to a 400LPH external in the coming days.

Co2: FE with co2 art reg and co2 art in-line diffuser. 2 bps.

Heater: will be inline hydor 200W.

Plants:

Java fern trident/narrow
hygrophila pinnatifida
Roatala h’ra
Various buces and anubius
Crypts wenditti green and brown
Some willow moss

Fish:
RCS
Ember tetra
Blue goby
Planning on adding Pygmy coris, some aminos and ottos.

Didn’t really get may pictures of the build, had a rough idea of why I wanted and just went with it!

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Here it is half hour after filling:

Usual floaters and rock to hold the wood down.
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All looks a bit messy but we’ll see how we get on!


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Heater: will be inline hydor 300wt.
:eek:
Don’t need more than 25- 50 watt heater on a tank that size, and after recalculating water volume (minus substrate/ hardscape etc) I’d only use a 25W
(Why Hydor doesn't make a 100W version has always :confused:)
What’s ambient temp like? consider selecting suitable livestock
 

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:eek:
Don’t need more than 25- 50 watt heater on a tank that size, and after recalculating water volume (minus substrate/ hardscape etc) I’d only use a 25W
(Why Hydor doesn't make a 100W version has always :confused:)
What’s ambient temp like? consider selecting suitable livestock

It’s meant to say 200w!

Ambient temp varies massively, the house is 134 years old so through the night temps can drop! Around 16°/17°

Won’t do it any harm, just won’t be on much!

Agreed, why they don’t is beyond me!


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Fish:
RCS
Ember tetra
Blue goby
Planning on adding Pygmy coris, some aminos and ottos.

Given tank dimensions 40x32x28 cm
I’d reconsider some of the livestock, Clithon corona snails will clean up diatoms, bba etc so I’d add these rather than Otocinclus
Blue goby - depending on actual species, may grow larger/smaller, dig more/less, happily/occasionally eat shrimp :)
 

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Won’t do it any harm, just won’t be on much!
Except these types of heaters are notorious for getting stuck ON rather than OFF - and on a small tank, livestock don’t have a chance - fairly certain there are some ukaps journals that include a thermostat safety override for these heaters (sorry I can’t recall any specifics, maybe just post as a separate topic)
 

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Given tank dimensions 40x32x28 cm
I’d reconsider some of the livestock, Clithon corona snails will clean up diatoms, bba etc so I’d add these rather than Otocinclus
Blue goby - depending on actual species, may grow larger/smaller, dig more/less, happily/occasionally eat shrimp :)

Edit*** Tank dimensions are what you said. Got confused with my other tank!

Had the gobys for a year now, only an inch long still, never digs and doesn’t touch the shrimp! So maybe I got lucky! The actual sp. is
Stiphodon semoni


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Day two, still waiting on the reducers for the external filter.

Very cloudy water, possibly tannins from the wood?
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Done a 50% water change

Also some of the woods going fury, completely normal, I know but still makes me grumble. Maybe some aminos to tackle that one?

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Out of curiosity how long do you guys wait before you start dosing?

I’m using tropica specialised. Will swap to dry salts once I’ve done my research and figured it out!

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Is tank running without a filter? :confused:

I’d change 90% water daily
I suggest you remove the gunk that looks to be sliming the plants

(a couple larger Nerite snails, or several smaller will help clear that wood gunk as it develops, or rather more Amano shrimp - don’t feed otherwise, or only a couple times a week - sometimes the wood gunk seems a delicacy, other times it obviously tastes other than delicious ;) )1@
 

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Out of curiosity how long do you guys wait before you start dosing?

I’m using tropica specialised.
Some start dosing from the beginning, others wait 2-4 weeks
I usually just ask the plants :D - if lots of fast growth, I’ll dose sooner, but I’m always conservative in my water column dosing (I want plants to build root structure)

Obviously if you’ve a lean substrate (sand) then water column dosing is more important (especially if very soft tap water with minimal nutrients)
 

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Is tank running without a filter? :confused:

I’d change 90% water daily
I suggest you remove the gunk that looks to be sliming the plants

(a couple larger Nerite snails, or several smaller will help clear that wood gunk as it develops, or rather more Amano shrimp - don’t feed otherwise, or only a couple times a week - sometimes the wood gunk seems a delicacy, other times it obviously tastes other than delicious ;) )1@

No, it’s running with a 300LPH HOB filter,

I’ve had nerites in the past but always seem to commit suicide! Will pick a couple up tomorrow and see what they do!

Thanks!


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Some start dosing from the beginning, others wait 2-4 weeks
I usually just ask the plants :D - if lots of fast growth, I’ll dose sooner, but I’m always conservative in my water column dosing (I want plants to build root structure)

Obviously if you’ve a lean substrate (sand) then water column dosing is more important (especially if very soft tap water with minimal nutrients)

My waters not too soft, and I have tropica soil so plent of nutrients, I will keep a lean-er dosing regime for now, see how the plants do!


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The Shrimp I added to my 37L Nano continue to do a great job of keeping the wood in it clean. I’ve got a couple of Amano’s, and a few dozen Cherries since they started breeding.
 

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Day 3

Stems are starting to perk up and reaching for the light, slime is crazy. Picking up some nerites and aminos tomorrow

Plumbed the external filter in today, still running the HOB filter, will get the media swapped over tomorrow and put the external heater, inline diffuser and glassware on the hoses, then everything will be hidden!

Tried turning off the temporary heater and the tank sits at 20°. Not sure that’s too good for them ember tetras so put it back on!

Some picks:


FTS

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Below, slimy! And I’ve brushed a load off!

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Not keen on green hoses but gonna keep them as I also equally hate cleaning clear hoses.
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Day 5.

2 Nerite snails added yesterday. Let’s hope they tackle this slime.

Still doing 50% water changes daily, and manually removing as much slime as possible.

Starting to see some brown algae on some of my old buces and anubias. Will spot dose with excel tomorrow and see if this cures it.

Stem plants are taking well, even the 1-2 grown H’Ra crypts have melted a bit but no surprise there!

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Looking at stocking levels for this,

What’s your opinions on

10x crystal red shrimp
6 x Pygmy Corydoras
6 x ember tetra

Really wanted some celestial pearl danios but think I’d be pushing for 6 of them as well?


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Added a dozen crystal red shrimp today.

Always wanted these, could never condone the money but in light of recent events; this purchase cheered me up!



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Lovely lil tank mate my cat does that in the 45 stretches himself from.the arm of the sofa to get to it
 
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