This is my first aquarium – I’ve had it now for 2 or so years but only recently could I call it a planted tank. It is a 20 gallon tall (24w x 12d x 18h in.) that I picked up for free from a friend. It used to be a cichlid tank with rocks so it’s scratched up in the front. I got in to planted tanks sort of by accident. All the plastic décor for aquariums just didn’t do it for me and real plants seemed the only way to go.
-20 gallon tall
-Aqueon Quietflow 20
-Topfin 50W Heater
-Odyssea 24 inch dual T5 HO (2x 6500K bulbs) – on for 2 hours in AM and 4 in PM
-DIY CO2 - 20oz paintball can and Fluval ceramic diffuser
-Caribsea Eco-Complete and inert gravel mix (2:1)
-1 rubber-lipped pleco (???Chaetostoma thomsoni
-4 lemon tetras (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
-4 black neon tetras (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
-1 red-eye tetra (Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
-1 red-spot nerite (Neritina
-10 neon tetras (Paracheirodon innesi
spp. ??? – any help with an ID would be great
spp. ??? – ID?
I have a confession to make - most of the fish and plants are from Petsmart. BUT, as I add more to the tank I am hoping to shop more at the LFS.
I’d like to get some ground cover plants soon. I am thinking HC but I am not really sure how it will do in my setup.
I am at a crossroads – I am either thinking of getting some dwarf cichlid species (probably Bolivian Rams) for a focal fish OR looking into making my tank shrimp friendly and going that direction. Would my tetra community eat up any shrimp I put in?
I have been combating GDA for while now – it nearly killed the Alternanthera reineckii
. I’ve reduced the light and I got the pleco and nerite in hopes of getting rid of what is already in the tank – I’ll keep an eye on how things progress.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I have and ideas for where to go with it now.
Full tank shot
DIY CO2 Set Up
Mystery Anubias with Lemon Tetras