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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Galunggong's 20gal

It all started when wife and kids brought home two betta fishes in critter keepers from Dollar Three. Long story short, it's the dad that got bitten by the bug.
From critter keeper graduating to a 3 gallon and jumping to a 20 gallon planted tank in a span of one month, I'm probably biting more than I can chew.

Here we go...

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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The Tank

The tank: 20gal long bought from local fish shop here in Monterey Park, CA



Before anything else, let's test for LEAKS!

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Wood or Rock?

hmmmm...wood or rock? they say don't mix them..


slept over it and rock wins!!! if anyone is interested in the driftwood, I can trade it in for something


I don't have tall big rocks and they will definitely get buried in substrate and plants so I decided to give them a platform.


smooth out the sharp edges with a stove lighter.


measure twice..cut once!

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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 05:07 AM
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That's exactly how it gets you! You may soon have tanks beginning to pop up around your home..

Bigger is better anyways, you won't regret deciding to invest your time in a full size tank. And a 20 long is one of my favorite tanks. Any plans for flora/fauna?
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Hardscaping

Making height with egg crates from Home Depot


Poke holes with a hot soldering iron to prevent evil trapped gasses I've read about. Rocks are either siliconed or zip tied to keep them in place.


Perfecto. Time to buy some substrate!
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Hardscaping - Substrate

Decided to get eco complete for substrate. I bought two 20 pound bags enough for me to create a thick slope on the right.


The plan is to have a sandy beach in the rocky area for some bottom dwellers and lush green (hopefully) carpet on the left portion of the tank

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Planting Time - Dry Start

Grabbed me 4 pots of HC from LFS and started planting. My back won't like this.


After a few hours...tada


Sleep tight my baby tears. Can't wait to drown you
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What to do now? Aha! Let me build a DIY C02!

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As suggested in some link I found here, I bought me some bulk head fitting..Big Mistake! These fittings are too small to get a tight fit for the air tube even if I try clamping it with twist wires. It leaks. Buy the bigger blue and yellow fittings.



No Michael Bubbles
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DIY C02 - Lets try this again

This time I'm going to try the tube through a tight small hole technique. Search the forum to know more about this. I used the tip of the soldering iron to poke a hole on my bottle juice cap. It turned out it's a perfect hole size to get a really good seal with no sealant or fittings.


Eureka! We have fine bubbles coming out of the nano glass diffuser!


We'll that's all for now while I wait for the HC to get rooted. Next update in a week or two! Thanks for reading.
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Looks great! I wouldn't be shy about mixing rocks and wood, that kind of thing happens a lot out in the real world.
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That's exactly how it gets you! You may soon have tanks beginning to pop up around your home..

Bigger is better anyways, you won't regret deciding to invest your time in a full size tank. And a 20 long is one of my favorite tanks. Any plans for flora/fauna?
We have 2 other smaller tanks and frequent water changes is really a chore! No plans yet on what fish to stock but I want fishes with a "character" like a betta. Too bad the betta doesn't do well in community tank. I also don't like fishes that are too skittish. Any suggestions?

Thanks man.
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Looks great! I wouldn't be shy about mixing rocks and wood, that kind of thing happens a lot out in the real world.
thanks, I'll keep this in mind. I'm not done scaping yet
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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Peeps, I'm shopping for a lighting fixture to replace the puny 18w fixture the aquarium came with. Do you guys think this http://tinyurl.com/muanblf will work good for my setup? 20gal long with HC carpet and some DHG?? I can probably bump up my budget a bit.

Appreciate any inputs.

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I want fishes with a "character" like a betta. Too bad the betta doesn't do well in community tank.
That is not always true. I had 1 years ago in a 20G long with guppys. When I move out of town I left the tank with friends. When he died they replaced him with another Betta and it ate all of the fish.

I have 1 that is semi-aggressive with Gold Pristellia Tetras in a 10G. They are my favourite fish for they are playful not hyper like Danios. Main thing is to check if other fish are fin nippers. For fin nippers will attach the Betta.

My favourite light is the coralife (Now Aqueon) T5NO (2 18W Bulbs). The 1 you are looking on Ebay is a HO fixture. I think with it you would need more Co2 than a DIY system with give you in order to avoid algae problems.

With plants you don't need to water changes. I only do monthly water changes.
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