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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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20 Gallon Extra High

This was the first first tank I ever set up (3g picotope)


I decided to tear that tank down and move everything into a 20 gallon extra high a friend gave me.

Equipment:
Eheim 2232 ecco pro filter
Hydor 200w inline heater
2 Jungle Dawn 13w led (from a vivarium I decommissioned)
2 Jungle Dawn 11w led (from a vivarium I decommissioned)
1 Hydor Koralina nano pump (The tank is very tall and this helps with flow)

Ferts:
Seachem flourish
Occasional Excel
Root tabs

Substrate:
Caribsea peace river sand

Fauna:
6 Chili rasbora (I may add 5-10 more in a couple of weeks)
1 oto

Flora:
Java moss (to be added)
Crypt undulata, wendtii, lutea, retrospiralis
Dwarf hairgrass

Here it is with a piece of ghostwood that will be the focal point of the tank:


Filled:


Planted:


The christmas moss didn't make it. I plan to add java moss tomorrow. This is how the tank looks today (It's hazy because I had just removed the dead moss):


Here's a vid of the rasbora eating (I don't know how to embed, so just follow the link):
http://youtu.be/SukPAY6EPyI

Let me know what you guys think.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-26-2013, 12:11 AM
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That's nice, the driftwood fits perfect in your tank!

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Thanks! When I found that piece, I snatched it right up. The height of the tank really makes finding something to scape it challenging.
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damn lookin' good
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We have 10 of these XL 20H's in the LFS where I work and I love the way they look! Taller tanks are a bit discouraging with finding a hardscape but you made it work! Love the wood!

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Thanks! When I found that piece, I snatched it right up. The height of the tank really makes finding something to scape it challenging.
Your welcome. The height does make it challenging to scape but you have made it work so far.

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Jungle Vals or nearly any Vals for that matter would look excellent in there. Perhaps some of those neat planters fitted with suction cups would work nicely here? Both with aquatic plants and some boistrous paludarium plants to add even more to the height?

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Thank you all. I'm dosing excel, so vals are out. Also I have a glass cover so I can't do planters.

I did make some changes. I painted the background black. I got tired of seeing the heater and tubes through the frosted paint. The filter was changed to a eheim 2236. The 2232 wasn't cutting it. The java moss is limping along. I'm not sure why it's not doing better. I'm just going to leave it and see what happens in the next couple of months.

I had a sudden algae outbreak so I blacked the tank out for three days and lowered the light time to 6 hours a day. A lot of the crypts melted as a result. I cut back a lot of them. Hopefully they'll bounce back. The C.lutea was the only crypt that didn't melt. Dwarf hair grass is really spreading well. I added Hygrophila pinnatifida. I love how this plant looks.

There are 20 chili rasbora and 1 oto cat in there now. I'd like to add a couple of shrimp, and that's it for fauna.

Current FTS (iPhone pic):


Here's another video (You can see at the beginning of the video that the water is pretty cloudy. I'm thinking this is because I switched filters. Any ideas?)
http://youtu.be/RraG5zvnFP8

Once the water clears I'll break out my dslr.

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Nice tank, I picked up the same thing yesterday, someone had it sitting out for the garbage men! I'm going to do a low tech setup with it.

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Nice tank, I picked up the same thing yesterday, someone had it sitting out for the garbage men! I'm going to do a low tech setup with it.
Thanks. Good luck with yours. I'd definitely like to see what you do with it.
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Some new growth on the Hygrophila pinnatifida:

Untitled by Serpentscales, on Flickr

Chilis:

Untitled by Serpentscales, on Flickr

My lone oto:

Untitled by Serpentscales, on Flickr
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Looking good! The chili rasboras are a beautiful fish
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Thanks Dan.
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