54L UK Aquarium

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  1. HugBug

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    Looks great!
    Amazing how adding the grasses helped make the fish easier to see.
     
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    Thanks @HugBug @Reedfish

    I love how it has turned out. Just realised something here - the fish being happy tells me a lot - they wouldn't leave me alone while I was trying to plant the rest of the grass on the 2nd tub. The fish really love the grass and keep going between the tufts of planted grass. All of them are schooling together nicely and I am definitely going to get more glowlight tetras to make it look better. My OCD will not allow me to get any other fish as it will look awful to me so I'm settling with one school of fish to keep.

    I've been looking through different plants to add to the tank - two are definitely up on my list - anubias nana and bucephalandra biblis - both are tiny enough to add to the wood parts.
     
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    Planted the rest of the DHG

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    Looks great!
     
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    Looks good
    And the Tetras contrast nicely against the green
     
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    Almost a month later and the fish are really happy with it. I even got the tetras feeding off bloodworms from my fingers now

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    looking great
     
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    Thanks. Rocks are slightly more greener, not sure if it's because it's algae or that the grass has made things look more greener.

    It seems that the hair algae is less, I just had a nice windfall from my tax rebate so hopefully I'll get everything I need - I really want to do away with the internal filter and have more space in the tank for the fish and get some ottos as the ramshorn snails are not making a difference in cleaning the algae buildup on the rocks and glass. I also need to clean up the ferns too - they're starting to look old now so that needs to be sorted and plant the newer ferns onto the rocks and get some bucephalandra.

    I have decided not to get cories as the tank is too small for a nice sized group and also mainly because I have planted DHG in there. So instead of cories, I'll get some ottos and hopefully have enough space for more glowlight tetras.

    I wanted shrimp but now I've been feeding the pesky snails to the tetras and now I'm just worried that the fish will try and eat the shrimps.
     
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    @Rainstorm
    I don't mind a bit of algae on decor. Imo it makes it look more natural.

    Ottos would be a good option. And they would also restrict the algae (if you are not happy with it)
     
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    yeah I am not bothered by the algae on the rocks, it's just on the glass and the only thing that bothers me is the hair algae, I gotta get that under control at some point or it'll take over my tank.
     
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    Algae on the glass is annoying.

    My Bristle Noses take care of most of it.
    And if not, I use one of those scraping devices (blade on a stick)
     
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    Yes for hair algae I find twisting it up with a toothbrush easiest. And I scrape the glass with an old credit card :)
     
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    Good point there, I have an old toothbrush and an old bank card which I saved for this purpose. Thanks for the reminder.
     
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    I use something called magic eraser. It's a melamine sponge and works wonders.
     
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    So I went and made a purchase
    • Tetra EX600 PLUS External Filter
    • Tetra Aquasafe 50ml 4004218177826
    • Easy-Life EasyCarbo 250ml
    • Easy-Life Profito 250ml
    Hopefully I'll get it soon.
     
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    So my goods arrived yesterday on my last day off from work which was great…

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    @A new day I took your advice on the old toothbrush to remove hair algae and thank you for that, it was so easy.

    @Shabir I'll try to remember to order a melamine sponge for the algae on the glass.

    Now my tank looks strange without the stupid filter in place, I have a nice little empty space for the fish to swim around and they really love it with the slightly stronger water flow coming from the top right corner.
     
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    Needed to wait til dark to take this photo and I just got in from work at 1am

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    I think it looks great!
     
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