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Hello everyone!

I'm going to start a journal for my 20 gallon high tech shrimp tank!!!

Just got most of my equipment in and super excited for this new build. I haven't kept a fish tank in over 3 years and I wanted to go all out on this tank so I went the high tech route. Below is the list of equipments I'm using (I'm going to do detailed reviews along the way on how they perform)

Filter: Marineland Bio wheel 200
Heater: Aqueon 100 watt heater
Fertilizer: Nilocg Thrive
Lighting: Beamswork Pent LED 24"
Substrate: Petco Black Sand
Co2 regulator: Aquatek
Everything else co2 related: Aquatek
Aquarium: Aqueon 20 Gallon glass tank

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Seems like my tap water is of good quality... apparently no chlorine in it either...



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Seems like my tap water is of good quality... apparently no chlorine in it either...



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I wouldn't test those strips with the chlorine. Mine also showed white. But get a water report and you will have. Unless you get water from a well??

I would look up your specific water report.

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Waitttt. CO2 and HOB filter? Don't you want to invest in a canister? Isn't that a waste of co2?


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Waitttt. CO2 and HOB filter? Don't you want to invest in a canister? Isn't that a waste of co2?


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I'm pretty sure a a ceramic diffuser diffuses co2 without wasting it. Also I'm on a budget so can't be spending couple hundred on a canister


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Waitttt. CO2 and HOB filter? Don't you want to invest in a canister? Isn't that a waste of co2?


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Even with a canister, some people (like myself in my old tank) like to run high surface agitation. It adds maybe a couple dollars a month to CO2 usage but the additional oxygenation of the water allows even higher CO2 concentration with less fish stress.

So you lose more CO2, but you add more to make up for it, plus some more for the plants, plus some oxygen for the fish. I dug it. If I go high tech again I won't hesitate to do the same.
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Even with a canister, some people (like myself in my old tank) like to run high surface agitation. It adds maybe a couple dollars a month to CO2 usage but the additional oxygenation of the water allows even higher CO2 concentration with less fish stress.

So you lose more CO2, but you add more to make up for it, plus some more for the plants, plus some oxygen for the fish. I dug it. If I go high tech again I won't hesitate to do the same.

Got it. Thanks for the explanation.
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When I first set up my first version stream-soil dirted 20, I had the outflow of the AC200 set up to disperse the CO2 off a chopstick diffuser into the inflow chute of the filter. it worked really well as a matter of fact, and I was using a 1.3 liter DIY yeast sugar CO2 generator with about a bubble every 3 or 4 seconds. Didn't seem to be wasting much CO2 either.

Presently using a Xy-2822 double sponge with a hole in the elbow for the diffuser, and a small powerhead grinding the little bubbles off the diffuser finer, almost perfectly invisible diffusion.

Still growing plants well.

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The Beamswork light finally came! The light stand took a little time to get it adjusted perfectly but made it work in the end. Plugged it in, turned it on and BOOM! Let he light shine! This thing is crazy bright! I will see if it grows hc though... here are some pictures of the light in action.
Also, I'm going to set up the tank either this weekend or next week so stay tuned!



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Update:

The Beamswork light finally came! The light stand took a little time to get it adjusted perfectly but made it work in the end. Plugged it in, turned it on and BOOM! Let he light shine! This thing is crazy bright! I will see if it grows hc though... here are some pictures of the light in action.
Also, I'm going to set up the tank either this weekend or next week so stay tuned!



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Very nice. What beamswork model did you get? Looks nice.

Never mind. I see you got the pent. Should get some good light from it for sure.

I have a couple beamswork DHL's and DA Fspec's that will be here next week and will be doing a ton of par readings on my 20 gallon long and 60 gallon. But shhhhh don't tell anyone. Going to be a surprise


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Very nice. What beamswork model did you get? Looks nice.


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It was this model:

Beamswork DA 6500K 0.50W Series LED Pent Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Discus (60cm - 24") https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4FS6ZU..._Arw-ybKV463P0

Half the price of a Finnex planted plus, but I'm not sure about the performance. I will have to test it out. I had it on for like 20 minutes now and it got pretty warm...

Anyway, I'm going to be reviewing this honestly and from a high tech POV


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It was this model:

Beamswork DA 6500K 0.50W Series LED Pent Aquarium Light Freshwater Plant Discus (60cm - 24") https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4FS6ZU..._Arw-ybKV463P0

Half the price of a Finnex planted plus, but I'm not sure about the performance. I will have to test it out. I had it on for like 20 minutes now and it got pretty warm...

Anyway, I'm going to be reviewing this honestly and from a high tech POV


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Nice. I just updated my previous post.


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If you're gonna go high tech I would reccoment against that petco black sand I would return it and get something like some fluval stratum or eco complete if you're on a budget.
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If you're gonna go high tech I would reccoment against that petco black sand I would return it and get something like some fluval stratum or eco complete if you're on a budget.


Yes. I researched a lot about this and even thought about going aqua soil but then again I am dosing NilocG Thrive ferts and probably will be purchasing root tabs so I don't think there will be a problem. Thanks for the suggestion though.


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