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minicrazy592 10-03-2012 04:53 AM

After a 2 year break, my new 20g Long tank!
 
So basically I took some time, sold off my tanks, and moved away from the hobby. Some how I ended up back here.

Anyway here it goes....

Equipment:
20g Long de-rimmed
30.8 lbs of Fluval Stratum
6700k dual 23w CF bulbs in Ikea TERTIAL lamps
Ehiem 2213 Canister Filter
13mm Lily Pipes
5 lb CO2 tank
JBJ NanoZapp 3 Watt Inline UV Sterilizer
eBay CO2 diffuser, bubble counter, and check valve
eBay CO2 regulator

Plants:
Dwarf Baby Tears
Dwarf Hair Grass
more on plants later!


Setup pics:


http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1652.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1647.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1648.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1655.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1658.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1660.jpg




One pile of petrified rock

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1668.jpg



Modifying the lamps reflective capability:

Start by stripping the stickers off and cleaning with acetone

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1670.jpg


A can of this:

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1679.jpg


Before and After:

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1673.jpg


New painted reflector on the left and original on the right

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1672.jpg


Adding the scape:

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1681.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1685.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1692.jpg



Rocks kept falling, so I had to add some anchoring rocks :)

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1693.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1694.jpg


Plants are suppose to be in friday, so till then!

Sd760 10-03-2012 05:34 AM

Welcome. Looks like an amazing start to a great journal. Stocking?

minicrazy592 10-03-2012 05:53 AM

Haven't decided just yet.

iadubber 11-08-2012 12:13 PM

any updates?

Sd760 11-08-2012 04:17 PM

Look forward to updates. And do u mind telling us how much those fixtures were?

minicrazy592 11-08-2012 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iadubber (Post 2071374)
any updates?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sd760 (Post 2071571)
Look forward to updates. And do u mind telling us how much those fixtures were?

Update coming later tonight. I've been meaning to update for awhile now.

And the fixtures were $9/piece from Ikea.

andrewss 11-08-2012 08:14 PM

looking good :D

mitchfish9 11-09-2012 12:43 AM

looking amazing so far

minicrazy592 11-10-2012 03:41 AM

Sorry for the delay guys! Since starting the tank I bought a new camera as the old one took a crap in the middle of planting. So unfortunately I don't have any pics of the first few weeks. The tank was cycled after 8 days and I added fish on the 18th of October.

Flora:
10 Dwarf Hairgrass pots
20 Dwarf Baby Tears pots
6 Stems of Red Hornwort- soon to be gone

Livestock:
4 Licorice Gouramis
5 Micro Rasporas (Boraras Micros)
1 Unknown Tetra (he blends in with the gouramis and may think he is one)
4 Ghost Shrimp
2 Cory Cats
1 Horseface Loach


Bits came in from Amazon. The UV sterilizer was for this tank.

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1712.jpg
http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1713.jpg
http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1715.jpg


ADA Powder

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1718.jpg
http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1719.jpg

Routing behind the tank

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1720.jpg
http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1721.jpg

Different so no mixing up inflow and outflow

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1722.jpg

Sterilizer mounted up underneath

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1727.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1725.jpg

Plants

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1732.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1731.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1729.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1736.jpg

Solution for a bunch of tiny runners

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1739.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1738.jpg

Lily Pipes

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/100_1744.jpg



Fast forward a couple of weeks

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00008.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00189.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00003.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00005.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00191.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00236.jpg

Plants have runners going

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00192.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00194.jpg

Did a trim the other night

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00224.jpg

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00225.jpg


Fish seem to love this

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00238.jpg



I've been fighting with the carpet. I think its a mixture of not enough light and not enough current. I'll be trying some experiments later this week to help.

StraightAddicted 11-10-2012 04:25 AM

Very nice setup, love the pictures of the difference of the reflective paint difference. Really shows what some people don't realize how much it may change the light output. Good luck with getting the current and light mix to figure it out.

KenRC51 11-10-2012 07:08 AM

Very nice, I love it!! Looks like the DHG are mixing in with the HC.

Is that a IKEA $20 coffee table you have your tank on?

I also feed me fish the Hakira Micro Pelets too and they love it.

Matt1977 11-10-2012 08:03 AM

That's great! Love that eheim filter too!

sayurasem 11-10-2012 11:39 AM

Wow I'm loving the light fixtures!

minicrazy592 11-14-2012 05:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KenRC51 (Post 2073619)
Very nice, I love it!! Looks like the DHG are mixing in with the HC.

Is that a IKEA $20 coffee table you have your tank on?

I also feed me fish the Hakira Micro Pelets too and they love it.

Indeed it is. Surprising sturdy once you put it together with some glue. This is my second 20g long using this table. Works great!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt1977 (Post 2073633)
That's great! Love that eheim filter too!

Me too. I do wish it was a bit stronger tho.

Quote:

Originally Posted by sayurasem (Post 2073689)
Wow I'm loving the light fixtures!

Speaking of them, a little teaser of the next update.

http://i687.photobucket.com/albums/v...g/DSC00338.jpg

Animanganime 11-14-2012 05:45 AM

Haha I have the same Ikea table, same two Ikea lamps (that I use when I do maintenance and what not) and same tank (but with the top rim taken off)


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