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20 Gallon Long Amazon River Biotope

Hey guys well this is my first official bitope tank. Its gonna house about 10 neon tetras, 3 marbled hatchet fish, and 3 emerald Cory catfish. The tanks decor is a large piece of flat bog wood and two small pieces as a main center piece and two river stones. The large rock on the wood is an achor untill my wood stays submerged on its on. Well moving onto another topic :p the lighting its just a normal t-8 bulb at 36 Watts made specifically for plants. The filtration is a normal hang on back filter rated for a 40 gallon. And now the substrate the bottom layer is an organic grey/red clay, follwed by a iron rich sand and clay finally topped off with white sand. The way I planted the plants is I placed the clay then the iron rich sand then planted the plant roots into the layer full of clay then carefully placed the sand around it. Now the plant list. For my background plants its green cabomba the entire back portion then for the midground portion where the drift wood allows I have dwarf sword plants one on opposite sides, for the foreground I have Pygmy chain sword plant acting as a carpet across the entire tank, finally for the floating plants I have Amazon frogbit the way I keep it from getting stuck on the hob filter is a placed a piece of twine all the way across the tank and it keeps it in place. For co2 injection I'm gonna use a DIY with yeast and sugar and get a wooden airstone. Hope you guys enjoy pics tomorrow

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Ok Guys Sorry For The Wait, Here Are The Pictures. Bad Quality Smartphone Camera



Front Tank Shot
Ignore The Large Rock Its My Weight To Keep The Bog Wood Submerged Until It'll Stay On Its Own. The Floating Plant Is Amazon Frogbit



Left Tank Shot
To The Left Is My Green Cabomba And To The Right My Dwarf Sword Plant.



Right Tank Shot
Another Dwarf Sword Plant And More Cabomba.



My Pygmy Chain Sword Plant I'm Hoping To Grow Into A Carpet.

I Hope You Guys Enjoy And Please Comment. I Also Added My Leave Litter Today.

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I like it, the only thing I might change is the rocks on the driftwood. It looks a little bit unatural with them balanced on top. Also you might want to do a vinegar test on that rock to the right, it looks like it may be calcerous (I think that's the right word)...
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the rock is temporary Until the wood stays submerged and then its coming out. the only reason its in there is to weigh the wood down. and thank you on the liking it.

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Oh, sorry I did not read that. I bet it will look really good with the leaf litter you added and the tannins. The tetras should really pop...
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That's my plans I hope it flourishes. The tank still cloudy hope it clears soon. But other than that I'm waiting for plants to settle then get a few fish for it

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Good looking start
Thank You.

Would anyone have any advice on getting this driftwood tsink. The large one stays down but the two other smaller ones aren't and is causing floating. I need this to stop lol.

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Thank You.

Would anyone have any advice on getting this driftwood tsink. The large one stays down but the two other smaller ones aren't and is causing floating. I need this to stop lol.
You have to soak the wood until it becomes waterlogged. I do this in a bucket because my girlfriend got mad at me for putting it in the bathtub. It may take a week or so for it to become completely waterlogged so it will sink. Good start on your tank.

I even have duckweed in my water bong!
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You have to soak the wood until it becomes waterlogged. I do this in a bucket because my girlfriend got mad at me for putting it in the bathtub. It may take a week or so for it to become completely waterlogged so it will sink. Good start on your tank.
Thank you on the tank and info I'm just gonna keep it as is until it remains then. :p I have one more question for the driftwood could someone Id it. The wood itself has a redish tint, smooth, no odor and is red. It can from a swamp beavers made in lower Alabama. Yes I thoroughly cleaned it.

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Add leaf litter last night. It all went to the sides I may have to fix it. But the good news is I'm getting the tannis into the water and its clearing up.





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Are you sure it's amazon frogbit? That root structure it has is AMAZING!!
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Yes it Amazon Frogbit. The roots on it now have a tea like color i can get pictures if you would like. they seem to be happy also because both two new shoots they are throwing off have doubled in size and the roots are growing in length.

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Nice looking start
Thank you... I have one more question for the driftwood could someone Id it. The wood itself has a redish tint, smooth, no odor and is red. It can from a swamp beavers made in lower Alabama. Yes I thoroughly cleaned it.

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