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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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First aquarium (low tech planted)

I bought a 20g long a while ago at Petsmart and I finally decided to put it to use after seeing a bunch of planted tanks with shrimp.

Equipment (Amazon prime trials ftw):
Filter - Aquaclear 30
Heater - Jager 100W
Light - Finnex Fugeray 30 inch
Substrate - Eco Complete
Stand: Some solid oak coffee table that had been sitting in my basement

I don't have too much planned so far other than it being fresh water, planted, and have shrimp. If you can recommend anything please tell me!

9/28/2013
- Just set the tank up and I'm waiting for my tank to cycle.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 02:52 AM
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Off to a good start!

Other things I would suggest-

API Fresh water test kit.
12" tweezers
Background... Black paint etc.
Fluval sponge prefilter
Tap Water conditioner.
Mag float magnetic algae scraper
Hard scape: rock/driftwood
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I would recommend using the eco to cap MGOPS. Eco by itself is inert, so soil would be a good complement for it. Also Water column dosing as well since eco has high CEC.
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I would recommend using the eco to cap MGOPS. Eco by itself is inert, so soil would be a good complement for it. Also Water column dosing as well since eco has high CEC.
I am planning on using root tabs and dosing the water column. I'm only using eco complete because it seems like it would be the cleanest for someone like me who moves stuff around a lot.
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Off to a good start!

Other things I would suggest-

API Fresh water test kit.
12" tweezers
Background... Black paint etc.
Fluval sponge prefilter
Tap Water conditioner.
Mag float magnetic algae scraper
Hard scape: rock/driftwood
I have the testkit and tap water conditioner but I'll try to buy those things that you listed asap.
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What do you guys do when slowly adding plants to your aquarium (lighting and fertilization)? I am asking this because there are some good deals at my pet store atm and staring at a tank with nothing in it is no fun. I have some flourish and excel but I can buy whatever they need.

Also, do I need an airstone to cycle my tank? The one I have right now makes water splash onto the walls lol

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No airstone needed. Buy the easy to grow plants like anacharis and hornwort even Bacopa. You can even look in small ponds in your area and see what's growing. I get lots of plants this way.

Get as many cheap truly aquatic plants as possible. Beware of the semi aquatic plants. Use some bacteria quick starter and I have successfully done a no cycle / soft cycle and add fish right away. Add some floating plants and just monitor your water parameters.

Get a timer for your light. I do a split photo cycle starting at 5:30 am so I can see the tank when I wake up. 6 hours on, 3hours off midday and 6hours on.

Once the cheap plants are growing well, then you can start experimenting with the more pricy ones. Realize too that you can replant the cuttings. That 20gL will take quite a few plants to go cycleless.
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O.o I have .25 ppm of nitrites and no ammonia already. Time to add more ammonia
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What do you guys do when slowly adding plants to your aquarium (lighting and fertilization)? I am asking this because there are some good deals at my pet store atm and staring at a tank with nothing in it is no fun. I have some flourish and excel but I can buy whatever they need.

Also, do I need an airstone to cycle my tank? The one I have right now makes water splash onto the walls lol
Never add plants slowly- fill it most of the way even if you have to buy a pack of cheap trimmings from someone. Then gradually replace the ones you don't want with your final design. Fast growing stems are best. Algae preventative.
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lighting and fertilization is the key but also don't get fish that eat plants and always get plants in the same water requirements like temperature. ps stay away from petco and petsmart aquatic plants most are terrestrial not aquatic and will die. do your research.
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Never add plants slowly- fill it most of the way even if you have to buy a pack of cheap trimmings from someone. Then gradually replace the ones you don't want with your final design. Fast growing stems are best. Algae preventative.
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What do you guys think about adding some rotala sp. green and frogbit into it to speed up cycling? I really like rotala but can't find much information as to if it requires co2 and high light.
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Plants won't do much to speed cycling, you can add as much as you want during the cycling process.

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I have tons of plants for sale. Pm me
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woo baby 5.0+ ppm of nitrites!
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