View Full Version : 5g planted nano

12-12-2009, 09:20 PM
started with a bare 5g grow out tank, but i decided it was time to spruce it up a bit.

initial set up.

substrate: ADA Aquasoil (Amazonia II)
decor: Malaysian Driftwood
fauna: 2 types of anubias, (nana, and the skinny leaf one), java fern, amazon swords
equipment: Nutrafin Co2 System w/ bubble ladder


this was a few hours after i first set it up. the soil was still settling so its pretty cloudy.

12-12-2009, 09:21 PM
today i upgraded the light to 40w (from the original 15w)and added a few more plants. i also painted the back and sides black.

got some ground cover started, and i tied all the java ferns to the DW. also added some java moss to the front of the DW.


hopefully it will grow in nicely.
i guess we will see.

12-12-2009, 09:27 PM
Im not very experienced with planted aquarium but i think 40 watts is a little much for that tank, that equals out to 8 WPG. Other than that it looks great!

12-12-2009, 09:30 PM
its a 40w desk light and its suspended about 4" above the water, so im sure its not actually getting 40w. not to mention its not neccesarily the right kelvin range for planted tanks, so in the end i think it will work out ok . i do have other lighting options if it doesnt work out. i just went with this one for now because of the clip on convenience (and because i couldnt find a proper light for a 5g tank locally. lol)

12-12-2009, 09:59 PM
Looks very nice! If the lighting is too intense a floating cover like frogbit may help. I think my lighting was too strong for my java ferns as they all melted away.

12-12-2009, 10:03 PM
if the liht ends up being too much, ill probably just switchi it out for a CFL setup or dual T5 if i can find one.

12-20-2009, 04:17 PM
*** 12/20 ***

sorry. camera phone pics. lol.
couldnt find the chord for my other camera.