15G PLANTED NANO BUILD – ENTRY 4

Shrimp Found!

Well I solved the mystery of my MIA Shrimp, it seems that when i used the foam for to restrict the filter inlets I left a small gap, this was due to having to split the lower foam to fit over a “lip” in the back wall. My thinking this is for the Fluval Skimmer for the EVO tank that can also be used in the FLEX. So I managed to catch all the shrimp in the filter area and put them back into the display section of the tank and plug up this hole. Hopefully this works and I’ll be sure to keep checking the filter area for any escape artists. IMG_20170913_141955

Tank temperature. We’er having a very mild “end of summer” and with it I have noted my FLEX is getting a little warmer. Somewhere between 74 – 78 if I believe the (2) digital thermometers I have in the tank. I’ve even gone as far as to unplug my heater and do cold water changes. Why am I to suffer crappy products !?! I mean I have these thermometers sensors about 4 inches apart and such a huge temp. difference?img_20170913_141937.jpg

This is something I’ll be keeping my eye on. I have ordered a 3rd thermometer and hope that settles things or at least gives me a average.

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15G Planted Nano Build – Entry 3

Shrimps MIA !?!

Well, as much as I thought I prepared this tank, about 90% of my shrimp are MIA (missing in Action).

Now I am not sure if my cycling time was not enough or they are just “Houdini” shrimp, but I only ever see one or two, at most. I’ve decided to not mess around in the tank and disturb things as they simply could be chilling in some sweet hiding spot.

The fish seem to be doing great, see signs of breeding or at least wanting to and all see healthy and eating well. My tank temp seems to average around 74F so I feel it is a good temp for both fish and shrimp.

Of course as I type this, a cherry red shrimp appears out of nowhere.. I love this hobby!

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15G PLANTED NANO BUILD – ENTRY 2

Well, the fish & shrimp are here! Let’s discuss.

Stocking List:

First off a huge thank you to Rachel O’leary for all the information on these species. The WCM’s are now one of my favorite fish. At 18 cents a piece out of the feeder bin, I could not say “no”. Be sure to look for these fish next time you are at your LFS.

My “goal” with this setup is to create a nature biotope based on water parameters, that would allow all the tank inhabitants to be comfortable and “nature” life.

The small size of these fish and shrimp was why I had to modify the intakes of the Flex. Even with it done, the shrimp still try to force themselves into the sponge!?!

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15G Planted Nano Build – Entry 1

I eagerly arrive home with my goodies in hand.

Oh boy am I ever ready to get this tank started, You’ll be able to find tons of video’s online on the Fluval products. But here are the video’s from Fluval.

Fluval Flex

Fluval Stratum

So, here are my thoughts on the Flex and Stratum.

First off, both are excellent products. The Flex is a joy to look at and behold and Fluval did a very good job, fit and finish were top notch, I only noticed a few very small blemishes in the silicone. If you watched the video you’ll know it comes with everything you need, minus the heater. Lighting seems good and comes with all the “novelty” lighting elements. Night mode, storm and settings to adjust red, green and blue. According to the manual here are the specs:

  • Watts: 10.8
  • Lux: 2450
  • Colour temp: 7500 K
  • LED’s 48 = 6 RGB

The included pump is rated at 132 Gal./h

My only real gripe is the filter inlet holes, they are much too large and will allow fish and shrimp to enter into the filter area.

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There are many “mods” to address this, I simply cut the block of filter foam in half and used it to “block” the openings. This offers a few benefits.

  1. Fish & shrimp can no longer enter
  2. Offers a “pre filter” that can easily be cleaned with a small gravel vac.
  3. offers a great place for beneficial bacteria to grow and thrive.

 

It would be difficult and messy to remove the foam, so my plan is to simply leave it in there and see if flow is effected overtime. Let’s face it, this tank houses only small fish and shrimp so you’ll never have to deal with giant fish turds in the water, I doubt it will ever cause an issue, but by cutting the foam in half I can remove the top section and leave the bottom section in place, so I have this “safety backup”.

As for the Fluval Stratum, I am very impressed. it is a fragile substrate so handle with care and rinse well. Best to place all your hardscape then add this substrate. I only rinsed it for a few minutes and had no issue with clouding, just add your water slowly.

After my simple modification and some basic aquascaping I’m now the proud owner of a great nano tank!

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Now we wait and decide on what to stock…