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Intro and my tank

Hello all,

I have kept tanks on and off. Started with a ten gallon fish only as a kid and have had up to a 125g planted low tech. I currently have a 20g long planted that I started about two months ago. I have used this forum for many questions before joining. Great forum!

My tank:

20gallon long
Marineland 100 HOB
Finnex fugeray planted+ LED light
Ecocomplete (2 bags, wish I did more)
PPS-PRO fertilizer method (2ml of micro and 2ml of macro everyday)
CO2 booster (gas will come later) 2ml everyday

Plants:
Wisteria
Giant hygro
Anubis nana
Anubis (larger variety, exact name unknown)
Dwarf hair grass (90% of it melted)
Monte Carlo (not melting or doing much)
Christmas moss

Fish:
Rummy nose tetra x5
Gold guarami
Otocinclus x2
Assasin snail x5

Ph 7.6
Temp 78f
Test strips say very ideal with Hardness (I use RO water)

I have a question about carpeting plants.
My hair grass melted right away and my Monte Carlo isn't doing anything. Do you all think my light is too weak? The PAR says it should be 60 at 12inches and I am not injecting co2 at the moment (liquid carbon, co2 booster). My wisteria and Christmas moss is pearling nicely and my Anubis are all growing well but I know these all don't require very intense light like most carpeting plants would require. Thoughts on my tanks ability to carpet plants???

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-31-2015, 10:26 PM
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Welcome to the forum I learned everything about growing aquatic plants here...still a noob, but it's growing - lol

I am trying Monte Carlo for the first time. My experience with it was it melted quite a bit; it was recommended that I push as much into the substrate and leave the ends. It is starting to get lots of new growth, however I am using high light and pressurized co2.
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Hey thanks for replying. how strong is the current that is hitting your Monte Carlo? I ask because my HOB causes fairly swift current and the output is directly above it in my tank. I keep the water level up to the top so there is very little to no water break. But I wonder if it would help them to move them closer to the wisteria.
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Welcome! love the moss on that driftwood
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Thanks modmyx. I just untied it and it's starting branch out. I love it. The idea was to simulate a tree. Even if that doesn't work perfectly it should still look pretty good
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Hey thanks for replying. how strong is the current that is hitting your Monte Carlo? I ask because my HOB causes fairly swift current and the output is directly above it in my tank. I keep the water level up to the top so there is very little to no water break. But I wonder if it would help them to move them closer to the wisteria.
I don't have any current on the Monte Carlo (I use a canister filter with spray bar). Not sure if this has any effect on it or not. btw....love the way you put the moss on..that will look great
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Thanks. I like the moss a lot. Hopefully it will stay attached.
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The tank today
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Tank update
I added 5 Cardinal tetra, 2 Amano shrimp, 2 rilli shrimp, and 1 more otocinclus

I also added ludwiga repens and a type of anacharis (don't remember exactly which variety)
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Update.

I have been battling hair algae like crazy. Ended up having to remove most of my wisteria and ludwiga. I cut the new growth on the tops and replanted. I am also trying to grow hairgrass again. I added diy co2 and say a .8 ph drop when I did. Still need to diffuse it better but it's a start. I'll attach a before plant covered in hairgrass and after I removed a bunch.
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I think you will better growth with the monte carlo if
you have C02.
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I have added co2 and growth has been very strong. About 6" in two weeks with my wisteria and ludwigia. The Monte Carlo has also started to grow through the hairgrass plantlets.

Wish I had added co2 from the start.

January update:
Pressurized co2 now, raised my light a little, ei dosing. algae is under control now and everything grows like crazy
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This is probably the last update for this tank. I will be breaking it down soon and setting up my 40 breeder. Once I added co2 the algae became manageable along with regular stem plant pruning to keep the growth up. I purchased a Sagittaria platyphylla and it took over most of the tank. I removed a dwarf sword, all the ludwigia and some of the Sagittaria and put it in my immersed setup. Current live stock is 5 Amanos, 2 blue dream neos and 5 olive nerites and 1 sae and 1 otocinclus. I got rid of all other livestock that won't be going into the 40.

Also, I was having problems with bba I'm assuming from inconsistent co2 distribution. I was having a hard time getting the co2 right and was only achieving lime green during the second lighting period and yellow at the end of day. Ssoooo I now run co2 24/7 and I am lime green 24/7 now. The bba has stopped spreading and is almost all the way gone. I know this is a waste of co2 but I can't argue with the results. Just couldn't figure out how to get the co2 right only running during normal timer co2 settings.

The Java fern on the right is just hanging out more or less. I removed it from the left because it was spreading so much.
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