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post #1 of 115 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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callisto9's 20G high planted tank - low tech

Well, after my 6.6G Petco, I quickly wanted to get a bigger tank. We have a super small house, so space is at a premium. I finally found about two feet of space and got a tank and stand that fit perfectly.

This is the tank as of last week:


Tank size: 20G high

Plants: anubias, java fern, amazon sword, crypts (melted, but are coming back), hornwort, brazilian pennywort, anachris (a lot melted), water wisteria, vals

Lighting: One 15W 8000K full spectrum florescent light

Ferts: just some root tabs

Fish and snails: three mystery snails, many ramshorns, seven glowlight tetras. Two guppies will be moved over pretty soon.

It's been a frustrating road, but I think things are finally starting to turn around.

I just got some awesome plants today, too, and will be planting them this weekend.

Thoughts and opinions welcome!
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Looks great already, I like the composition.

Wouldn't you like to beside the seaside?
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Looks great already, I like the composition.
Thank you! I think the manzanita helps. I love that stuff. Stupid expensive, but a neat addition to any tank.
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looking good !
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Thank you! Been staring at it all day.
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Some pics from the last few days:

Side view of the tank:


Magenta apple snail:


Same snail, different angle:


Moved over one guppy (out of two). He's stressed


Pink ramshorn:


One of my seven glowlight tetras:


Some new plants and my apple snail:


Glowlight tetra and 3rd apple snail:


Full tank shot:
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I didn't know what manzanita was, but now I do. You have nice rocks too. And that's besides the plants, things are coming along nicely.

Wouldn't you like to beside the seaside?
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I like the river rocks!


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I didn't know what manzanita was, but now I do. You have nice rocks too. And that's besides the plants, things are coming along nicely.
Thanks! I like the rocks, too. I made sure they'd be OK for the tank by doing the vinegar test.

Still don't know why manzanita is so expensive... if I find a tree around here somewhere... manzanita for all!

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did you get the new plants in?
I did! They're in there, but hard to see. A few have been uprooted since last night. I have leftovers, too, so yay! Thanks again.

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I like the river rocks!
I do, too. I think all the colors adds a nice touch to the aquarium.

Are you from Iowa? Just looked - Dubuque. I am from the Quad Cities. I am!
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Video from an hour ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMBd4a7Jq7g

How do you embed a video on here?
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Just watched the video, looks like everyone is happy being in there.

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I really like your tank! It reminds me of the life aquatic for some reason. Its sort of magical looking...
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Thanks everyone! All fish and snails are doing well (snails are doing TOO well, I think). I can't wait to get in there this weekend and trim and plant some more stuff!
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Did a 3 gallon water change tonight. All inhabitants are doing well. I keep expecting fish deaths, but so far, so good. I had such a horrible start to this whole thing that each time I wake up each morning, I am so stoked everything is still living!

Some pics from tonight:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmoss ball!


Free ride:


Yummy spirulina pellets from member acitydweller:


And finally, a full tank shot:
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