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Post Mid-Tech Iwagumi-ish 20c: "New Beginnings"

Long time no talk, TPT friends. It's been a while - some four years or so.


Most Recent FTS

I'm finally at a place where I know I can manage work, life, and a planted nano - so I dug my old 20c out of my closet at the parents' house over the weekend and jumped right in. The tank sits on my bar area in my condo, separating my kitchen from the living room; as such, it's visible right when you walk in the front door, from my bedroom while the door is open, while doing dishes, and while binge watching house of cards on the couch �� This is my first "multi-sided" scape - much trickier than expected on my part.

Equipment:
- Do!aqua 20c
- ADA Aquasoil Amazonia (regular)
- ADA Seiryu stone
- Azoo Palm (yuck I know, but works for now until I dig out the eheim from storage)
- Fluval 13W clip-on - may grab another one if (when) I throw some CO2 on this.

Flora: (a la Bartohog - thanks!)
- S repens
- Dwarf sag
- Blyxa
- Rotala colorata (will prob ditch this - doesn't fit with the scape too well IMO)

Fauna:
- RCS/Sakura (currently)
- S/SS CRS (will get rid of the RCS when I add them - not for fear of interbreeding obviously but prefer just one type)

Notes:
- Open to plant suggestions. Nothing too finicky - on average I would say I can dedicate 20 minutes to this tank. Soooo... no HC ��
- I may keep this just shrimp, but open to other fauna suggestions. Would be nice to have something to look at/see from a further distance - unfortunately I don't think any schooling fish would work, unless something really tiny was introduced to the hobby during my little hiatus.

Now, without further ado (iPhone pics - will grab my camera later this week).




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Welcome back! At first when I thought I seen your name and figured it was an old thread that came back up but your back.

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Nice setup. Almost similar to my nano 4 G.. Anyway just wanted to suggest some Moss especially flame Moss on those rocks since the rcs love them. U can throw in some anubias nana but they go better with some driftwood. Java fern s a good sturdy plant but dunno whether it will be good for ur scape. Fauna.. nothing much other than a few mystery snails. A single betta can make a meal out of shrimplets. There r cases where they coexist peacefully. Upto u though.

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That's an old screen name I haven't seen in a while! Looks like a good way to get right back in it haha
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Nice but, I would be afraid of soap residue splashing into the tank. This is the very reason why I moved my planted vase into my bedroom. Great setup though!
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Yup, I'm back! For now, at least...

I was a little worried about it being in the kitchen at first, but I think that it should be fine. I live alone and generally am the only one in the kitchen so I can take precautions myself with soap/detergents. I am a little worried, however, with cooking/oils etc as I do tend to cook a lot of spicy foods.

Two deaths of the five RCS I bought to begin with, but none since - may chalk that up to the fact that they were fully grown adults that didn't acclimate well.
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So far, so good. No further shrimp deaths and plants perking up; no significant growth yet but starting to take root.

Any opinions on stocking for this tank? Seeing as I mostly see this tank from a distance, it would be nice to have some sort of fish like B. brigittae, but part of me wants to make this a invert-only tank and throw some shrimp in it that I wouldn't have been able to afford years ago when I was in the hobby. Tentatively, S/SS Grade PRL CRS. Thoughts?

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Go invert only! That would be a cool little shrimp tank.
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As of right now, that's what I'm leaning towards as well. We'll see!

7 day update:


Water has cleared up, some new growth on the S repens (can't tell in pic) and better coloration on the Rotala.

No algae hiccups yet, so far a smooth re-entry to the hobby! Here's hoping that continues.
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oooh, very clear tank! Liking the idea here
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Moved the Rotala to the center back (well, left really), flows much better now I think.

My shrimp keep climbing up the filter inlet - holes are barely big enough for them. Any thoughts on this? I feel like if water quality was less than optimal, they'd just jump rather than climb/swim up the filter. It's happened about three times now.

Decided on TB Mischlings from Ch3fB0yrdee - should be here next week. Seems like a good compromise between good quality CRS with the added allure of TB's down the road.



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That Rotala's gorgeous!
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Thanks! Surprised it is growing so well with just the 13W and no CO2. Since I will be keeping TB Mischlings in here, CO2 is now out of the question.

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Sunday night shrimp shots... finally brought my camera from the office, will post pics when the CRS arrive later this week.



*Edit* Oh, also, the cherries have been much more active the past few days. Hopefully the CRS will fare as well too.
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Wow! Nice to see you back for now! I recently, December, got back in too. The tank looks like you're off to a good start, but you never had too many issues there! Looking forward to seeing where you go with this & the new shrimp!
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