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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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EAndrews' 20g Planted Tank Project

So after a ton of reading and going thru a lot of changes in our decisions launching this tank; I wanted to do a little more formal journal to it so far after 3 weeks..

Tank Specs

- 20g long converted to a rimless look
- 20lbs of Caribsea Eco-complete substrate
- DIY CO2 using a small 1g elite power head for diffusing and circulation
- Finnex Ray2 LED fixture on a 6 hour run time
- fluval 50 HOB filter

Current Plants (many thanks to Chad Ramsey for some great plants and ideas)

- Java ferns
- White stripes
- Dwarf ong hair grass
- Blyxa japonica
- fiss moss attaching to good rock for 2-3 weeks
- Crypt Becketti
- Water sprite
- Wisteria

Hospital / Qtank

5g Fluval Spec Bar Tank : )


Here's a few shots after 2 weeks cycling after a good water change..












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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 02:15 AM
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I like the setup. keep posting pictures as time goes on.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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I definitely will Big Dog - I am going to start with dry fert dosing using aquariumfertilizer.com.

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Some updated photos after the first month... the plants have a lot of new growth and are really thriving with the ferts and Co2..

I got the DIY Co2 dialed in finally the way I want it .. we added our rock after 3 weeks with the moss on it and I picked up some neon tetras and albino cory cats.. its starting to come along..








here's the Co2 setup... I ended up going back to a glass difusser and have it rising up into a koralia .. the tank now gets plenty of flow now..

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as you can see the sprite is already out of the water... and the wisteria is doing great... we have new grass coming up too...





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This is a really pretty and well thought-out tank! I love the second plant after the rocks in the first post - what is it?!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Preciate that man, that long tall plant is a watersprite
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Updated Tank Pics..

We are getting great growth from most of the plants.. i need to cut up and spread out the dwarf grass but other than that I am happy so far.. the wisteria and water sprite growth is like a weed! The moss is doing well on the rocks and I'm hoping to do some trimming back in the next week or two..
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It's been 2 more months now since the last update.. for those that do not believe you can have a HOB filter and let your plants eat up the rest - here you go... we have amazing growth on the high tech 20g rimless...

we now have 15 neons, 5-6 baby englers, 4 cherry shrimp, 2 cory albino cats, 2 gold platys, & 1 rainbow shark

I do a 60% gallon water change every Sunday morning and dose 2 a week..

DIY CO2 running thru a 1-2g rated filter - changed out every 15-20 days..

Koralia nano powerhead moving extra water and a fluval 50 HOB that we change the filter floss on every 3-5 days..

AND A HUGE THANKS TO CHADRAMSEY FOR SOME GREAT PLANTS, ENGLERS AND CHERRY SHRIMP
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