I am just about ready to start planting in my 20 gallon tank. The tank was given to me by a friend and is completely custom. The back is all foam with dirt and there is driftwood coming out of the back wall. I just put eco-complete black substrate into the tank.
You will find pictures of the tank attached. As far as planting goes I really wanted some kind of carpet plant in the forground... i was leaning towards DHG and something colorful in the back... maybe limnophila hippuroides? Any other suggestions? I will continue to post pics as the tank progresses. Wish me luck and thank you so much ahead of time for your feedback.
I probably should have included that info in the beginning. My light is a Marineland Aquatic Plant LED Aquarium Lighting System with Timer. It contains 1 watt 6,500K white LEDs with 3 watt RGB LEDs that offers 460nm blue, 660nm red and green accent lights. I do not know anything about CO2 or if it will hurt any fish I may get so I am undecided on that as of yet.
The light is very good... puts out a lot of light and it reaches the bottom easily. As for Co2 do you have any recommendations for a beginner?
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There are lots of threads around here about it, I would first read a few of those and decide if this is something you want to do.
If it is, my recommendation is to start with a full size system,.. 5lb CO2 tank, real regulator, make sure it has a silonoid, and probably a diffuser to start since they are easier to hook up. The place you want to spend your money is on the silonoid (cheap ones tend to fail faster) and the Needle Valve (cheap ones are finicky to adjust). If you get a good system to start with it won't be cheap, but it will ensure you only have to buy this stuff once.
I spent most of my morning at work not working and researching some CO2 kits. It appears that a DIY kit for my size tank could work and it appears to be very easy to make one. I am very much considering doing this as I want some really striking plants in this tank. I don't know if this matters but my tank is way over filtered, I use a Penn Plaxx 700 canister filter that is rated for a 65 gallon tank. I am able to control the flow into the tank though so I do not know if that will be an issue or not.