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Old 10-24-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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20H High Tech - First Planted Tank


Current FTS (1/11/2013):



Well, I've been at this hobby for about 4 months now and have seen quite a change in my tank, so I figured it might be a good time to start a journal. The tank was started on 6/13/2012 and I can honestly say not a single plant I started with is still in the tank. I thought for sure I wanted a low tech tank, but within a month I realized my lighting choice put me at a crossroads: change my light or start CO2 and ferts. From there, a high tech tank was born. I've still got a ways to go to get this tank where I want it, I'm currently working on letting everything grow in to a point where I guess you could call it "Dutch" style.

Tank
- Standard 20H

Lighting
- ZooMed AquaSun Dual T5HO with 6500k and flora bulb (10 hours)
- Finnex Ray 2 (7,000k/10,000k) Replaced with AquaSun

CO2
- Dual Stage Airgas (Rebranded Victor) Regulator, Mouse Solenoid, Fabco NV-55 Needle Valve
- Cerges Reactor
- 5lb Tank

Dosing/Water Changes
- EI dosing Mon-Sat, 50% water changes on Sun

Filtration/Circulation
- Eheim 2213
- Hydor Koralia Nano 240

Substrate
- 20lbs Eco Complete
- 10lbs Black Sand

Hardscape
- Malaysian Driftwood

Flora
- Rotala colorata
- Ludwigia repens x arcuata
- Limnophilia aromatica
- Bacopa sp. Japan
- Blyxa japonica
- Staurogyne repens

Fauna
- Melanotaenia praecox (Praecox Rainbow)
- Paracheirodon innesi (Neon Tetra)
- Danio margaritatus (Celestial Pearl Danio)
- Otocinclus (Oto)
- Corydoras panda (Panda Cory)
- Caridina japonica (Amano Shrimp)
- Neocaridina heteropoda var. Fire Red (Fire Red Shrimp)

6/15/2012


6/22/2012


6/29/2012


8/6/2012


8/8/2012


10/13/2012


10/24/2012


Last edited by temple2101; 01-11-2013 at 09:50 PM.. Reason: Updated FTS and info.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:37 AM   #2
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Nice setup! That's beautiful
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:46 AM   #3
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I have a twenty high with co2 as well and am considering EI, what is your dosing regime?

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:52 AM   #4
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Awesome progress temple!
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:39 AM   #5
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Nice tank!
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone!

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I have a twenty high with co2 as well and am considering EI, what is your dosing regime?

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MWF - 1/16 tsp CSM+B
TuThSa - 1/8 tsp KNO3, 1/8 tsp K2SO4, 1/16 tsp KH2PO4

I also dose Excel daily.

I don't use a GH booster as my tap water is very hard.

Hope that helps!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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Been a couple months since I updated. Replaced the Bacopa sp. Japan with some Blyxa japonica. Here's the most recent shots:

12/13/2012 - Just before a big trim.



12/13/2012 - Post trim



1/11/2013 - Slowly growing back in



Doing the big trim was pretty nerve racking. Had never done one before, but I think my trimming practices prior were causing issues. Things are slowing growing in again and starting to look really good. Can't wait to see the tank a month from now.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:50 PM   #8
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Beautiful tank!
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:07 AM   #9
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The simplicity is great! Amazing first planted tank!
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:14 AM   #10
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Thanks! Just wish I had the space to go bigger I've learned so much from this little tank I can't wait to move up to a 75+.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:12 AM   #11
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Great work!
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