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Old 07-19-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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Alright, tank has been set up now... That was exciting and exhausting, but i got it done... Unfortunately 2 of the driftwood pieces are floaters right now, destroyed my aquascape but i guess they will sink eventually, if not i gotta work on that...

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20 Gallon Standard
Light: (Standard Light, nothing fancy)
Substrate: (about 35 pounds of Black Diamond Blasting Sand 20/40
Filter: TopFin 75 gallon HOB with prefilter sponge to save shrimps and shrimplets

Decoration:
3 pieces of Driftwood (2 mopanis)
several River Stones
2 half Coconut Houses

Flora:
Anubias Nana
Dwarf Hairgrass
Anubias Afzeli
Java Fern attached to wood and coconut house
Christmas Moss (attached to cocnut house
Hornwort (floating atm)

and Bulbs Aponogeton, Water Onion and Water Lily

Added several root tabs and a dose of Flourish Excel as some Prime.

That's about it so far... Of course it looks horrible right now, filter is runnung and we will see when it will start to clear up.

I didnt soak the driftwood prior because i don't plan on adding Shrimps to the tank within the next month, so it has time to cycle and to get rid of tannings...

Here some pictures

If you have any suggestions, tips and so on, let me know
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Floating wood isn't fun but you can wait it out or weight it down. Congrats on your new adventure.

I'd break up your dhg into smaller plugs of two or three blades with a root section. It will help it grow and spread
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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No it's not fun at all... How long may it take to sink by itself? Would it help to drill some holes?

Thank you for the hint with the hair grass, i will do that tomorrow... So what you think, separate the portions i have right now into quarters?
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:32 AM   #4
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Alright, took a few minutes and separated the hair grass... That should work now... If i make smaller pieces it doesn't stick nice in the sand
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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How long should I give the wood to sink by itself?
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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Sometimes boiling the wood will help it become water-logged. Otherwise, it could take days or weeks. One thing you could do is weight it down with a heavy rock.

A tip for Dwarf Hair Grass: If you break it up into tiny clumps - 3-4 strands per clump - and plant it in a checkerboard pattern, it will fill in more quickly.
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I will think about that, kinda like the bushy look
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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Would it help to drill holes into the wood to help it sink? If yes how many and where? Or doesn't matter? I don't really have a chance of boiling it or getting heavy stones
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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Sinking wood is a bit of a waiting game honestly. It might have an air pocket that can be drilled but who knows where. I would just boil and try to sink it in a bucket or the tank for a bit. I tied a rock to one in my 10 gal and it still has not sunk after three months!
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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That is some great looking chunky driftwood!
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #11
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75g hob for 20g? Overkill?
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My driftwood sank in about 6 days and it was willow. My other piece sank in 3 days it was birch.
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The funny part is some people wait months and their wood doesn't sink but it took me a week.
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Well, I pulled it out the day after I set the tank up, so 4 days ago and have it in a bucket. Keys see how long its gonna take. Yesterday the tank wad much clearer, but white mold everywhere which is normal I guess? Should I just leave it alone? I changed 25% of the water, nothing else. Will upload another picture later when I'm home. And my test kit arrived yesterday so I will have some parameters too
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #15
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Readings are
Ph 7.6
Ammonia 2 ppm
Nitrite 0-0.25ppm
Nitrate 0
Kh 4 drops
Gh 10 drops
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