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Goob's 20g tall dirt tank

So today I broke down my 10g of 15 months and upgraded to a 20g tall! I turned the 10 into a dsm tank, moved the goldfish into our pond, and the plants into the 20g. It's a dirt tank with a little twist which I'm half expecting to get ridiculed for. It's a ton of fun setting up a new tank!

20g tall 24X13X16
Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix, eco-complete capped with carib sea black sand from petsmart.
Odyssea 20", 2x18W T5HO (soon to be 4x18W)
paintball CO2 with aquatek premium regulator, glass diffuser
Aquaclear 70 (kinda noisy?)
50Watt heater (for now. Will obtain a 100W)

Crypt Wendtii 'tropica'
Narrow Leaf Microsword
Water Wisteria
Val nana (2 sprigs of it)
Staurogyne sp. Porto Velho
Alternanthera Reineckii
Rotala Singapore
Rotala Rotundifolia
Hygrophila Kompact
Dwarf Sag
Anubias barteri
1 sprig of a young Java Fern on the wood.

Going to let it cycle for a month. Then we'll talk fauna.

I definitely need more hardscape. Maybe I'll "obtain" some nice landscape rocks from the neighborhood.


So I took a different approach with the substrate. I trimmed and inserted a seed starting tray in the tank (20X10) and I put eco complete around the edges (good CEC) and I put the potting soil in the tray.
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I want to plant vals in the eco complete section so they will only send runners outside of the tray.
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Then I put some black mesh over the top of the potting mix-mud, and pressed it down.
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Capped it with this:
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Planted and filled:
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Plants will be droopy for a bit until they figure it out.

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Still need to buy the background. I'm happy with the plant locations. I did slide the amazon sword over and there was no drama with the soil and sand. However there are air pockets underneath and bubbles occasionally rise from one specific area of the substrate. I guess it'll take time for the air from under the sand to disappear.

Any comments, suggestions, criticisms are most welcome.
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