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20 Gallons under the Sea (A Beginner's Journal, potential 56k)

Welcome to a story of preparation and disaster. All tied up into a neat little bundle of "well crap’s" and “omgican'tbelieveijustdidthat’s".

Table of Contents:

20 Gallons Under The Sea

Moby Fish, the Saga Continues

I Can See Clearly Now, the Murk is Gone

Update #1 - Stability Can’t be Bought

Plans for My Tank

Update #2 - Let’s Go Fishin’

Update #3 - I Just Couldn't Leaf it Alone

Update #4 - You're Not Such a Fungi Afterall
Update #4b - They Call Me Mellow Yellow
Update #5 - Let's Shrimplify the Problem

Update #6 - A Herculean Task

Update #7 - A Little Piece of Heaven and Other Nursery Rhymes

Update #8 - Bigger is Better... Right?


Update #9 - A Tank in Need

The Story

I'm a novice fishkeeper, compulsive plant-buyer and amazon aficionado. I have one dog, one cat, one husband and 5 cars. I'm an advanced procrastinator, obsessive researcher and deep end swimmer. I either dive right in or I couldn't care less.

Low-tech planted tanks have given me quite the board to dive off of. I came into a small gift of money, so what is there that is better to waste it on, than a beautiful aquascape.

I have spent the better part of these last couple weeks, researching for at least 4 hours (sometimes 6) a day on different setups, varying views and appropriate processes for creating my own aquatic masterpiece. This is mostly impressive because I have just entered midterms week, and I’m learning so much. Not that any of it has anything to do with my studies, but I’m learning right? (...right?)

Regardless, I was Inspired by images such as this:



And this:



And this:



It was hard not to feel as though I had finally found something that would be a living representation of all the beauty that is trapped in my mind that cannot adequately be expressed through term papers and legal memos.

It all started with a friend of mine who offered to give me her empty 10 gallon when I showed her some of these inspiring aquascapes a few months ago. I would need to buy the hardware, but she had just moved her fish into a 30 gallon tank, and was looking at a second 20 gallon. Ergo, free tank.

After doing some minor reading on what fish I could stock a 10 gallon tank with, I quickly ran into the word “unstable”. Small changes in water chemistry would imbalance the entirety of the tank more quickly and thereby cause me stress, the fish stress, my dog stress (he’s always stressed) and end up being a lot more work with a lot fewer options.

I read a couple of forum posts (running into this forum) that suggested the best thing for a beginner, would be a 20 gallon unit, for a low tech, planted tank. Creating and maintaining an ecosystem was a lot more intriguing to me than babying and managing a forced containment of life. I love things that are beautiful, and happy things are always more beautiful. So this forum has been an invaluable asset to me and as such, I would like to share my progress here first for feedback, insight and obviously the knowledge you guys have so much of.

From this discovery naturally, the search was on. I scoured craigslist for the perfect 20 gallon tank. Unfortunately I flaked on a guy and lost out on a cycled tank with all the fixins, complete with stand (in my defense I had been awake for 36 hours and sort of… lost track of time).

However I snagged me this nice piece of aquarium driftwood:



(the marbles don’t make an appearance in the finished hardscape, they totally ruin my chi).

Before we move on I think it prudent to say that my last few attempts at fishkeeping have not gone well. Although my last Betta Wanda (I am aware it was a male) lived to the ripe old age of 3. So maybe not terrible, but certainly not well. That may be a story for another post on “what not to do with fish”.

So it is my duty to the memory of Fred the red Betta, multiple neon tetras, a baby pleco and some shrimp (I was a child don’t judge too harshly) and my last betta Wanda, that if I do this, I’m going to do this right.

I must stress that that caring for any animal is about their own welfare and less about your own selfish desires. I passed over a beautiful betta at my local fish store (“LFS”) that was silver with a teal body that melted into the fins. The little guy was so full of spunk, he turned and eyeballed me when I picked up his containment unit. I nearly put him into my cart right then and there. But I was there to purchase a quarantine tank and substrate, not bring home a betta to live in a cup for a few days while I sorted out my crap. As you will see later on, it was a good decision. (I did go back several days later and he was still there, so I bought him since my little tank was all set up. More on him later).

Now onward with my (in progress) Adventure. I hope that this picture journal may help any new aspiring fishkeepers, or at least provide an answer to some question somewhere held by someperson. I will be supplementing this journey with links of what I purchased, as well as the informational links that I found most useful. Not just the ones that told me what I wanted.

DRIFTWOOD:

This is where my inspiration came from.



After purchasing the driftwood I placed it in a 5 gallon bucket and weighed it down as it was quite buoyant. I left it in the bucket for 3 days, as it had been removed from its previous aquarium 3 months earlier, and had completely dried out. Picture here is on the 3rd day:




This Post, outlined all the necessary steps for determining if your driftwood was safe and what you should do before you put it into your tank. If you want to preserve any soft driftwood that is common in areas like a temperate rainforest (cedar, pine etc.), there are other resources to help with that. But it is not recommended (nearly universally) because of sap and short term rot.

However, the best and safest route is to go with roots (hah, how do you pronounce route?) or branches that are already found near a river or lake that are no longer waterlogged.

- Always clean them when you bring them home with a scrub brush and hot water
- Always store them in a bucket filled with water to let any tannins leech out.
- Tannins may not be harmful to your fish, but may impact the PH level of your water
- Also, brown water? Really?
- Some people recommend boiling new driftwood you have personally collected for at least an hour
- Some people recommend storing driftwood for a year before you consider using it
- Some people recommend baking it in your oven

The point is, at this juncture a lot of the information I found on driftwood was anecdotal. If you have a good source like I did for aquarium driftwood, then save yourself the hassle and go that way.

Otherwise if you find that incredible piece that inspires you to create a beautiful aquascape, clean, boil, and bake that baby before you use it in your tank and DON’T BE HASTY (Master Meriadoc!). Let it sit in a bucket of aquarium quality water to see if it alters the chemistry at all. Give it a couple of days and if the changes are minimal then I would infer that it is safe to use.

That’s just the noggin talking, not experience.

EQUIPMENT:



This is just meant to show you all the pieces that I bought, and provide links (where possible). Please don’t do the math. I don’t want to know. I researched at least 7-10 options before deciding on what I purchased online. Price was obviously a factor, but so was the product’s ability to do its job. Mostly what I bought at Petsmart, I bought because it was on sale. (Honesty is always the best policy).

MISCELLANEOUS:

TV Stand from the free section of Craigslist (best impromptu aquarium stand ever. Rear access, wheels and storage, designed to hold a lot of weight.)
Power bar
Extension cord (6 ft)
Timer
Coat Hook

AQAURIUMS:

Marineland 20 gallon biowheel aquarium kit:
Top Fin Imagine Aquarium kit (quarantine/Interim betta Home, have to purchase a heater with it)
Marina Submersible Heater (this is one of the few small tank heaters that has an internal thermostat and SHUTS ITSELF OFF)
DO NOT BUY THIS ONE (Heater) It just keeps going until you unplug it. Nearly fried my betta. Needless to say I returned it the same day



AQUARIUM MAINTENANCE:

Two 13 litre buckets one white and one blue:
One for treated water the other for the dirty water. Mostly because I don’t trust myself to remember which bucket is which even while I’m pouring water from the tank into the bucket.
Aquascaping Tools: (these things made my life so much easier. Even if you just get the tweezers, get the tweezers)
Seachem purigen: (untested thus far)
Magnetic tank cleaner: (The magnet is so strong, it works so well. I like it. Buy it.)
Python Water Vacuum: (swish and flick)
API Master Freshwater test kit: (This is still on its way. Since I’m just cycling anyway it doesn’t matter quite yet)
Seachem Prime

I got the strips for the interim, to just get an idea of where I'm at.

Two of these thermometers (my kit came with a strip one, but it doesn’t seem to be working so I picked these up)



SUBSTRATE:

Flat pieces of slate (scavenged from back patio)
10L bag of soil (no pesticides and minimal pearlite)
National Geographic Sand (paying this much for sand really irked me, but I only planned on using a small amount)
Seachem flourite: (this isn’t the same packaging, but the specs and price line up)


DECORATIONS:

Illegally obtained Rocks from the river by my house
Decorative rocks from the dollar store
Ornamental bridge (this may have been an impulse purchase but it pulled it all together)
Natural looking plastic Rock den for betta: (he better like it)
Coconut reptile hidey hole. Like 3 bucks. Way cheaper than any aquarium pieces. Just for the quarantine tank, so looks aren't super important.



PLANTS:

LED Light Bar
Rhinox 1000 CO2 diffuser: (This arrived broken, so I returned it.)
Bought this 3-in-1 CO2 Diffuser instead. Check valve, diffuser and bubble counter all in one. With all the great reviews, hard to go wrong.
DIY CO2 System
Moneywort
Luffy Nano Moss Balls
Bacopa
Green Mondo Grass
Corkscrew Grass

(I am still in the process of acquiring java and riccia moss, as well as a couple Java ferns)

THE SETUP:

The very first thing that I did was plan. Before I bought anything, and certainly before I started opening anything, I made sure that I had a clear plan of how everything was going to unfold. The key to writing an A+ paper is all in your outline.

So I drew sketches, I found online tools:

(This online planner has more of the popular plants)


My idea was all based around the aforementioned piece of driftwood. It’s going to be a tree, and the rest of the tank, the meadow beside a river. It was a picture in my mind that I was making into a reality.

Now it is time to wash my rocks and my ornaments. One ornament came from a box that shipped from Toronto, and the other came from a petsmart shelf. Coupled with the undoubtedly soiled dollar store rocks and slate from my backyard without forgetting about the stones I pulled from my local river… Contamination was not just a likelihood, but distinctly probable.

I have the rocks separated because as I said the slate is quite thin. So I didn’t want it to break. (Please note: dog toys are not necessary to complete this task).



I had decided on a dirt tank for planting. I read this marvelous blog that answered all concerns in great detail and offered tons of advice. With a username like oldfishlady, it was difficult not to take her word as Gospel. But she did say some awesome stuff.

Naturally, using layers of dirt to build was cheaper than straight substrate, so it is a viable option for building a hardscape.

So after washing the ornaments, next came the dirt:



And more dirt:



Then some separation of dirt:



I watched youtube videos on creating a sustainable raised foundation in substrate And found these guys. (These guys are incredible. They walk you through splitting plants and building from nothing. Obviously they are selling a product, but they were a great starting point for me).

So I built the foundation:



And here is where the slate comes in:



The slate keeps the dirt from settling into a big mud puddle. There will be some settlement, but overall, it was minimal. The importance is visualizing bands, or rows of support.

Following this I placed in the driftwood:



This is the focal point of the scape, so its position had to maximize its viewing angle. The tall branch will be covered in moss, replicating a tree. I'm cognisant at this point about swimming space too. Remember while you're building, it is a balancing act for the tank, aesthetics and physics.

Next I braced in what was going to be the river and weighed down the driftwood:



Again this is just to keep the dirt in its place as it gets saturated.

Now the clay cap. I decided on fluorite because of its ability to cycle and redistribute nutrients to rooted plants. I like the look of sand better, but for holding down dirt and acting as a cap, fluorite seemed the better call.

Before this however, we wash our substrate:



Always wash your substrate:





((More updates to come, back to the books for me tonight))

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Quite the write up. Looking forward to your progressions.
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I didn't see a "natural potting soil" I saw the premium one, I would be careful using that as regular potting soil contains ALOT of things fish and plants cannot lived in submerged. Make sure you have all natural potting soil, its the only to-buy soil you can use pretty much. preferably MGOPS
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I'm working on the next post now, should be up shortly. Thanks for the responses, I will try to keep up with the humour as I get further along

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I didn't see a "natural potting soil" I saw the premium one, I would be careful using that as regular potting soil contains ALOT of things fish and plants cannot lived in submerged. Make sure you have all natural potting soil, its the only to-buy soil you can use pretty much. preferably MGOPS
As to this, in Canada we have packaging legislation that requires disclosure of any additives. It is a real concern though, so I made sure to search for the best soil at my local hardware store. I'm keeping an eye on my levels too as I'm almost at the end of week one on the cycle of the large tank.

Do you know of any ways to test to make sure there isn't anything there shouldn't be?

I'm pretty sure that there isn't, but I don't want to test out a company's abilities to follow laws on my fish.
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Moby Fish, the Saga Continues

Once the substrate was washed, I was pretty convinced that fluorite was just clay shipped here from Mars (now we know how NASA is funding all that research, it certainly explains the price).

I wasn't too concerned with how I put the cap down. I mostly just piled it on liberally at the top of the slope and spread it downwards making sure to cover the exposed slate. The total cap was probably about 2 inches deep.



(Pardon potato picture quality. I haven't mastered the art of not moving while I take a picture yet.)

I also filled in the tree a bit, thinking that the clay would settle along the sides. There is also a neat little hidey hole on the back. I originally wanted to position it so that I could see if any fish wanted to use it as a home, but then decided that the perspective would be thrown off because of the tree, so I turned the driftwood around.

Next I placed some more dollar store decor stones along the "river" so that the sand will settle and be more stable. For for later on when I'm gravel sucking the substrate like the heathen that I am.



Things are certainly getting steamy all up in here:



Now we move onto the building of the betta den. The idea here being the king overlooks and surveys his kingdom. Because betta are more surface fish, putting his den higher up serves a couple of purposes. It gives him a space to retreat to if he gets stressed out, and the filter is also on the other side of the tank. This will minimize the current that he is subjected to. It is a Penguin Biowheel 150B filter that came with my marineland 20 gallon kit. I have read a lot of mixed reviews on the filter, but I haven't had any of the noise problems that others complained of.

Anyways, it have read that the "waterfall" it emits creates a strong current that may be a bit too much for betta's. I will illustrate my work around later. Anyways, Sterling will have a nice corner lot and beautiful view of the aquarium.




I used my Illegally obtained river rocks to build the foundation. In the case that the base dirt settled (which it did) the rocks were heavy and had a good flat face that allowed me to place the betta den on, raised from the potentially sharp fluorite cap.




Here we have another slightly potato quality picture. But this is where the egregiously priced sand comes in. The cap will eventually be completely covered in moss, but the sand will always be exposed.



Things are still pretty steamy, and finally coming together. I'm probably on hour 4 of setup at this picture. Maybe just a bit before. This is where the fatigue starts to set in. Word to the wise spending hours bent over without stretching, especially when you have a back injury, is not recommended. I may not be a healthcare professional, but I know a thing or two about a thing or two. Take a break, before you break.

Moving on.

Here we have our miscellaneous equipment that was mentioned much earlier.



While everything else seems obvious, where does the coat hook fit in you're asking. Well, I'll tell you!



(Gooby dog cameo)

As you can see, things that need electricity have cords as a means to transfer electricity from a source to an output in order to properly operate. However, water conducts electricity so we need to be careful in how we use water around these devices. So the marvelous people who have run into these problems before have suggested a drip loop.

Enter coat hook:



*kisses each bicep* These were the only power tools I needed. It isn't weight bearing so I wasn't too worried about the crack I made (although I was impressed by it). I tried to mitigate any splitting of the particle board by lining up the offset holes in the centre of the board. In the end it still cracked, but for drip-loop purposes, it will be more than adequate.

And now ladies and gentlefish, here is one of the last pictures before disaster struck.



Everything was lined up perfectly. My plants were chilling in a bucket. I setup my bowl to displace the water and I was ready.

I was so ready. I had been *literally* breaking my back for hours now. My brain was electrified.

I had researched.

I had read.

I was doing everything right.




A little colouration was to be expected. It would settle and clear up. The clay was mostly washed, and there was only so much I could do to prevent the residue. The water was coming in. It was filling up. Planting would soon take place.

And then I got excited.

I poured too quick.



Here's some light on the problem:



omgicantbelieveijustdidthat

4.5 hours of setup. And at 4.45 I messed it all up.

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Do you know of any ways to test to make sure there isn't anything there shouldn't be?

I'm pretty sure that there isn't, but I don't want to test out a company's abilities to follow laws on my fish.

I don't im sorry, I just do background research before I buy that kind of stuff. Also I liked your NASA joke lol

btw just read your post above this one (of which im typing in rn, well not rn but whatever) and It was most likely the funniest thing ive seen on this forum. Good job for making me laugh
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I don't im sorry, I just do background research before I buy that kind of stuff. Also I liked your NASA joke lol
Haha, thank you. It came to me while I was pouring the water down the drain. "This must be what water on Mars looks like, heh". I sat on it for like a week.

Just uploading some more pics and the rest of the story is forthcoming!
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So, I did what any good fishkeeper would do. I left the house.

I went to pick up my husband and sent him pictures of my disaster. His wisdom showed itself when he said to me "it'll settle. Turn off the filter and tomorrow it'll be fine."

I went to bed and woke up and the water was still puddle-like. Gearing up for midterm 1 of 4, I was more than a little discouraged. Partly because of my decision to set up a tank instead of study, but mostly because said tank had been my brainchild for the better part of the semester and I may have ruined it.

All day, I shared the picture of defeat with anyone who would pay attention for longer than 1 minute. Word got around and even little old ladies were crossing the street with haste when they saw my gloomy mug coming.

I wanted comfort, a shoulder, I needed a fellow fisher to tell me it was all going to be okay.

Then 15 minutes before I started my first exam I get this picture:



I squealed like a fifth grader at a Justin Bieber concert and alarmed my classmates. I didn't care. It was going to be ok. And so was this exam.

I walked in that night at 8:40 and promptly set about planting my... plants.

Here is iteration 1:



I left the bacopa in its pot because to be honest, I was still physically remembering the day before.

You can also notice the settlement into the sand of the dirt that had been suspended. That was going to be rectified over the next few days of 30% water changes and gravel siphoning.

My first siphon I had a bit of a time trying to get the technique right. I made the mistake of asking my husband who started swiftly punching the top of the water with the vacuum, and started to upset the weighted down driftwood. I was very proud of my diplomatic screech requesting that he stop. I thanked him for his help and then shooed him away.

I quickly discovered the technique.

I put a couple of extra moneywort leaves in the quarantine tank and continued a 30% water change every day to suck up the settled dirt while allowing for bacterial growth.

I was getting there guys. It was going to be ok.

So day 5, I went back to my LFS to purchase a heater for my quarantine tank and wouldn't you know, 'ol stinkeye the betta was still there. Filled with .... and vinegar. It was destiny.

Meet Sterling, the halfmoon beauty:



(dog hair is a fact of life, don't judge)

He is fantastic.

He is classified silver, but is blue, or teal, or silver, or green, depending on the light you catch him under.



Here he is staring at Pablo Escargot, the snail that smuggled itself in on my corkscrew grass (likely a Mystery snail as that was all that was in the tank with plants).




Back to the tank. Here is the tank 4 days planted. There is a lot of growth. I have been leaving the light on for 12 hours a day. I'm still waiting for my CO2 diffuser since I had to return the broken one, so this growth is all just light, soil and water changes.



And now he's silver! Also Pablo!



Bubble nest #1!



This is what I see as of today. Everything is moving along nicely. I added a java fern to the bottom tank, and a sword plant to the top. Still waiting for the guy with the moss to get back to me. He was out of town on business. I'm sure once he realizes how important the project is, he will be in contact with me shortly.



Here is Sterling, guarding his coconut:



He keeps.... He keeps trying to fit in this hole. From in the coconut and above. I don't... I don't understand.



30% water change today and it seems to be nearly clear now. I will probably let this water sit for a week now and take a strip test tonight and let you know the results after I walk my dog.

And here is Sterling with his new betta hammock, which I must say is the cutest thing ever.



So that's where I am at. You are all up to date. Now I open the floor.

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But also *saying this while laughing* good job/luck with the tank




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Im setting up our 1st planted betta tank for our youngest daughter (soon - after "years" of lurking on here and research) and have sub'd to this journal, so I can learn from YOUR trial and error Thanks for posting your experiences....
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Im setting up our 1st planted betta tank for our youngest daughter (soon - after "years" of lurking on here and research) and have sub'd to this journal, so I can learn from YOUR trial and error Thanks for posting your experiences....
Haha, that's all I'm hoping for!

I started with a nutrafin cycle to introduce bacteria as I haven't purchased pure ammonia. I'm on day 7 and I have 2.5 ppm nitrates, 0 nitrites and 0 ammonia. (I will post pictures of my testmaster kit results soon) I will also be using seachem purigen in my filter starting at the end of this week. I wanted to make sure that the bacteria had a good hold in the tank before I added helpful things.

My tank was medium planted to start, and I am still searching for moss. I may have found a good source but they are a city over, which is close, but I have midterms and there are only so many lengths I am willing to go to in order to avoid studying. So I will have to wait until this weekend most likely.

Sterling is doing great, he loves his hammock. However for some reason he wasn't interested in eating this morning? I put in some mison last night (little bug things from a betta treat wheel) and there weren't many left this morning. I know you aren't supposed to leave food in but I had to leave for band practice (yes, I'm THAT nerd) and went straight to bed when I got home.

I'm currently ignoring the rest of my study group right now, so I should get back to it, but when I get home tonight I will post my test results and plans for the future of my tank

Stay tuned.
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Update #1 - Stability can't be bought

So here we are, day... who knows anymore. All the days seems to blend together. I can't remember the last time I saw the sun.

Hope is lost, and the light at the end of the tunnel draws ever closer. If I were to but reach out I could...

Have a completely planted tank! I managed to track down a somewhat local LFS, and sourced some of this beautiful carpet eleocharis, which I hadn't been able to locate anywhere in the lower mainland. (Blanket term for my metropolitan multi-city area). I was going to settle for java moss as my carpet, but this is way better and 100% what I wanted. So I bought it.

Also, this Rotala rotifunda, which should cover up my filter and heater quite nicely. I like the tropica grow line because the stem plants grow up nicely condensed (according to what I have seen online) so I'm looking forward to that. It will also be a nice splash of red to break up all the green.

I also have given up on my craigslist connection (will I ever truly find love?) for the riccia fluitans moss. I bought some from tropica as well.


So here are some pictures of my tank as of today!



I affixed the riccia moss to the tree with some loosely tied green cotton thread. Can you see it? No you can't. Because genius comes in many forms and colour matching is one them.



Also, I managed to find a topfin glass replacement for 23" wide tank which fit so perfect you might almost think it was made for my tank. Complete with a small gap at the back to allow for cords and the water from my filter. I am, one would say, pleasantly chuffed.



Onward and upward. Sterling is still beautiful and has taken to hiding in the small clump of rotofunda I put in his tank.

I was very excited to show you guys another stroke of ingenuity when it comes to my purigen that I purchased. I have these charcoal filters for my counter compost bin (unused, I promise) to sew a little pouch for the granules so I could put it in my filter.



BUT THEN, it turned out I didn't even need it.



if only there had been SOMEWAY that I was able to discover this before I searched high and low for my needle and thread. The last time using it being when I sewed together my dogs favourite stuffed animal, now aptly named frankenkitty.

Anyhow, enough of the boring stuff. You want to see my coloured water.

PH



Ammonia



Nitrite



Nitrate



This was before the Partial Water Change ("PWC") that I did today. I know I said that I would leave it, but I bought a snail. So, we both lied.
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not going to lie I underestimated your tank here, thought it would be the average betta tank with all the fake junk in it. Actually looks pretty good bravo


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not going to lie I underestimated your tank here, thought it would be the average betta tank with all the fake junk in it. Actually looks pretty good bravo


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:O Thank you! You have no idea how glad I am to hear that. Honestly, I think my husband is tired of me saying how happy I am with the tank and how everything has come together. It has indeed been a labour of love, but I sit for a long time and just look at it. It's so calming.

I also purchased a liquid supplement today until my CO2 diffuser comes mid-march sometime.

As for stocking my tank, I have come up with this plan based on this blog, which initially led to me discovering how much I COULDN'T fit into a 10 gallon tank.

I'm going to have
1 mystery snail that lives in my planted quarantine tank. With all the plants and the odd algae wafer when he grows, I'm sure Pablo will be happy.

In my 20 gallon tank I'm planning on stocking it with:

Sterling



8 or so Harlequin Rasbora's



4 Panda cory's



OR

6 pygmy cory's (depending on what my LFS has when I go to introduce them. I don't know which would work better or if they're about the same. Definitely open to suggestions. But I love the pygmy cory's tbh)



Mystery snail obv, and like 78,623,467,863,475 ghost shrimp (probably between 6 and 8).
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