Bonsai tree 90L planted Betta tank

Spudsssy

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Hi all,

I just setup my new 90L tank and i figured id share the progress here as i have lots of plans ahead.
I plan to make background to hold bonsai tree from styrofoam and add a waterfall, airplants and some ferns.

I transfered everything from my previous 50L tank and seeded filter. 50% water changes twice a week untill filter gets going and light on feeding.
I would suggest new people to hobby to do fishless cycle for few weeks!

Equipment
Lominie Asta 120 Clamp Clip Lamp
JBL CristalProfi e902 Greenline External filter (Placed sponge over intake to protect cherry shrimp and Danio fry)
JBL 300W Inline External Heater

Fish
20 galaxy rasbora (Danio margaritatus)
1 Betta splendens
Assassin Snails (Anentome helena)
6 Otocinclus catfish
Cherry Shrimp


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Plants
Anubias
Giant Vallisneria
Cryptocoryne
Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
Java moss
Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Setup

Made a custom desk from plywood and sealed it. Fish tank is divider between the two work spaces.

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Plant nutrient mix and sand on top for substrate.
Bog wood coming from bonai tree to look like roots

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Day 1

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Day 2


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To be continued......
 

NofishB4

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Your tank is beautiful
 

RayClem

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Very nice job on both the carpentry and the tank.
 
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Spudsssy

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If there is moderator about any chance of correcting spelling in title.... Bonais to 'Bonsai? :eek:

Many thanks!
 
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Spudsssy

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Day 5

First time I have done a tank with 4 viewing points! I'm gonna to add small indian almond leaves to bare areas and some small carpeting plants.

Top

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Right

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Front

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Left

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Fish came out to say hello!

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To be continued.....
 

Cherryshrimp420

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niceee
 

RelaxingBettas

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Spudsssy said:
Day 5

First time I have done a tank with 4 viewing points! I'm gonna to add small indian almond leaves to bare areas and some small carpeting plants.

Top

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Right

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Front

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Left

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Fish came out to say hello!

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To be continued.....
Oh the challenge of multiple viewing angles, because there weren't enough variables in this most ephemeral of arts! I have been playing with my hex, at least I only have two to concern myself with!
 
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Spudsssy

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Tsutey said:
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Oh the challenge of multiple viewing angles, because there weren't enough variables in this most ephemeral of arts! I have been playing with my hex, at least I only have two to concern myself with!
I'll change it every few weeks for probably 6 months untill I'm happy. Not happy with left hand side
 

RelaxingBettas

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Spudsssy said:
I'll change it every few weeks for probably 6 months untill I'm happy. Not happy with left hand side
The most difficult thing in art is knowing when to stop, and when your medium lives and breathes, reproduces and dies, there's only glimpses of perfection (especially when one buys ones' hardscape elements on the internet sight unseen, oh, the humanity! )
 
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Spudsssy

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Day 22

I added Eheim prefilter and its perfect. doesn't clog up easily.


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I added Indian almond (cattappa) leave's and micro sword plants (Lileaopsis brasiliensis).

My newest addition is a twig catfish (Farlowella). Awesome fish! Hangs out in front of tank attached to wood enjoying current. My betta like to show additions who's boss of the tank.


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My final additions to tank will be a massive group of Kuhli loaches (Pangio kuhli).... it wont be for another month or three.
I will also be construction housing for bonsai tree and DIY background.

To be continued....
 
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Spudsssy

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Quick update!

The tank cycled in 3.5 weeks and no nitrates after 7 days before doing 40% water changes. Plants are doing a good job.

I'm building diy housing for bonsai tree. It's made of styrofoam, coated in concrete and I still need to paint it and coat it in resin. I'm going to add watering system for bonsai and water fall.


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To be continued.....
 
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Spudsssy

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Worked out well.

I'm going to install drip watering system using seperate pump and loads of airline tubing.. should keep moss and ferns nice and moist when I attach them to background.


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To be continued.
 

sinned4g63

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Aren't you worried about overwatering or possible mixing ferts from the bonsai and soil into the tank?

I got into the aquarium hobby myself because of a co-worker has like 14 bonsai trees and I thought an aquascape would be easier for me, and now I have 6 planted tanks and my own bonsai (Ginseng Ficus). Crossing the 2 hobbies has always been an interest for me but didn't think it would be doable. Obviously a bonsai inside the tank wouldn't work but the idea of a "hanging" pot like you made is super awesome!
 
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Spudsssy

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sinned4g63 said:
Aren't you worried about overwatering or possible mixing ferts from the bonsai and soil into the tank?

I got into the aquarium hobby myself because of a co-worker has like 14 bonsai trees and I thought an aquascape would be easier for me, and now I have 6 planted tanks and my own bonsai (Ginseng Ficus). Crossing the 2 hobbies has always been an interest for me but didn't think it would be doable. Obviously a bonsai inside the tank wouldn't work but the idea of a "hanging" pot like you made is super awesome!
I repotted it using coconut coir. So fine for fish tank! I'm going to have two seperate watering lines.

One line for bonsai tree with Valve. So I will only turn this on when tree needs watering so I don't over water it.

Second line will be constantly running with water running down edges for moss and ferns etc...

I'm hoping fish tank water will be enough fertilizer for bonsai tree. I don't mind lightly dosing ferts for tree and some getting in tank... It's heavily planted.

Tis a grand experiment!!!
 

sinned4g63

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Spudsssy said:
I repotted it using coconut coir. So fine for fish tank! I'm going to have two seperate watering lines.

One line for bonsai tree with Valve. So I will only turn this on when tree needs watering so I don't over water it.

Second line will be constantly running with water running down edges for moss and ferns etc...

I'm hoping fish tank water will be enough fertilizer for bonsai tree. I don't mind lightly dosing ferts for tree and some getting in tank... It's heavily planted.

Tis a grand experiment!!!
Gotcha, yeah I know depending on the substrate for the tree can have it's own ferts that would throw the tank out of whack depending on the other plants and light. I used something similar to miracle grow which already has ferts in it but I'll have to add more every so often. Would be nice to be able to use the same ferts for both in your scenario!
 
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Spudsssy

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I am a firm believer of keeping everything fish tank related.... I have a large box of bits and pieces for diy projects!

Who else does this?

Here is my pump attachment for drip system.. made from old pipe, used suction cup to block end and drilled 3 holes to add airline tubing haha. Didn't even need silicone. Works like a charm. I'll update with full build once its complete.


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Spudsssy

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Finally finished it. I woke up 3 times in the night thinking i flooded the room.

I used a water irrigation system you can get on amazon. I decided to connect it to my external filter as the submersible pump I bought is actually stronger then my filter and now I have even more water flow in my tank. Perfect for vampire shrimp and twig catfish.

I picked the moss/ lichens and fern while walking the dog... Will be interesting to see how well it does in tank.
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I'm going to make video of everything in couple weeks so you can see water dripping down moss and all the fish/plants. That will be final update.
 

emmykenzie

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Spudsssy said:
Finally finished it. I woke up 3 times in the night thinking i flooded the room.

I used a water irrigation system you can get on amazon. I decided to connect it to my external filter as the submersible pump I bought is actually stronger then my filter and now I have even more water flow in my tank. Perfect for vampire shrimp and twig catfish.

I picked the moss/ lichens and fern while walking the dog... Will be interesting to see how well it does in tank.
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I'm going to make video of everything in couple weeks so you can see water dripping down moss and all the fish/plants. That will be final update.
This is wonderful! I love the dedication and your Kuhli!!
 

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