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Old 07-19-2014, 11:45 PM   #1
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20L journal......yes another one.


I love the dimensions of the 20longs, and this is my second one. My first 20 got tore down, and is now a downoi farm. It is also my source of funds for the new 20. So if anyones interested, I will have about 50 large downoi crowns available in about 2-3 weeks. I have all the equipment, except for the lights. Should be here next week.

Equipment
Odyssea dual T5HO 6700k, and 5000k bulb
( These lights get a bad wrap, but in my experience work great)
Eheim 2213
Hydor Inline heater, and inline atomizer
Custom made paintball co2 setup

Substrate
Black sand from LFS
First layer laterite
API root tabs

Plants
Dwarf hairgrass
Downoi
staurogyne repens
Cryptocoryne balanase
alternanthera reineckii regular and mini
dwarf pennywort
blyxa japonica

Driftwood
Spider driftwood-I havent seen to many people with this type of wood yet. Its gnarly! When submerged it looks almost red. Very cool wood.

Inhabitants
Nerite snails
4 otocinclus
20 harlequin rasboros ( or as many as I could fit, lol)

I started playing around with the wood today, and this is what I came up with. Looks kinda like the entrance to a haunted forest or something. Maybe I could put some tombstones ot something. Enjoy
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:14 AM   #2
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Also just a question, but the stand was bought on craigslist. It dosent cover the entire length of the tank. Is that ok? Or should I add a extra piece of wood to support it. Also going to paint it black.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:59 AM   #3
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Also just a question, but the stand was bought on craigslist. It dosent cover the entire length of the tank. Is that ok? Or should I add a extra piece of wood to support it. Also going to paint it black.
Yes, I think you should add one piece of hard wood.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:57 AM   #4
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The wood is super cool!
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:13 AM   #5
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Love the wood. Where'd you get it?

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Old 07-20-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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I found the wood at Aquarium adventure. I know they have stores throughout the United States. It was priced pretty well. I payed about $50 for three pieces. Very cool wood, and its called spider driftwood.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:42 AM   #7
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So I added a piece of wood to run the entire length of the tank. Then some wood filler to smooth it out. Painted black. Still waiting on lights.

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Old 07-27-2014, 01:10 AM   #8
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Couple of changes. Added 36in T5HO with 2 6500k bulbs @ 39watts each. Puts me in the highlight category. Spray painted the back with frost. Added staurogyne repens, java moss, and corkscrew val. Val and moss wont stay in the tank. Couple neons, short skirt tetras, and otocinclus. Fish came from my other tanks. Mounted lights using simple L brackets. There kinda big, and will probably replace them for something nicer later on. More plants on the way. All fish, corkscrew val, and moss are only there to help cycle tank.

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Old 07-27-2014, 01:33 AM   #9
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That driftwood combo is crazy looking. Love it.
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I like it. Nice start
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:57 PM   #11
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Thanks, cant wait to get more plants!
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So I had some hairgrass growing in another tank. I pulled and move to this tank. I dont have much experience with hairgrass, but it was growing well in my other high tech 20L. Any experience with hairgrass is appreciated. Also added blyxa, and some cryptocoryne balansae. I hoping the crypt will grow long, and over the wood to add to its gnarlyness. Gnarlyness..........spell checker says gnarlyness is not a word........oh well, lol. Planning to add some alternanthera reineckii and mini for color. Then cabomba for background.

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Old 08-05-2014, 12:19 AM   #13
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So got some more plants, and got my co2 up and running. Not sure if Im liking the hairgrass or the background plants. I may just remove all the hairgrass and add do a repens carpet. Pictures of my setup include eheim 2213, hydor inline atomizer, diy co2 on/off valve, brass needle valve, glass bubble counter. Co2 setup was done for under $40. Very simple, and most parts can be found at your local hardware store.
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So I wasnt happy with the way things looked. I changed everything up, and I like it much more this way. Added some plants, and ignore the right side. As I have some plants growing out, and then Im going to move them. Also going to change things a little bit today.

On a different note Im having some issues with my needle valve. It seems the pressure from the paintball tank is to much for the needle valve. I just replaced the needle valve yesterday, and its still to much pressure. The pressure forces the needle valve to open more then I would like. Theres is a nut that tightens the needle valve down. The more I tighten it, the harder it is to turn the needle valve. Does this need to be completely tighten, or is it possible its to tight?
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:56 PM   #15
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love the driftwood and its positioning both the way it was earlier and the way it is now. If the over scaped and unnatural look is what you are going for then kudos, you have achieved it. it looks way to unrealistic to me but maybe once it fills in it will look less organized, just my 0.02 though don't let it hurt your feelings, if you like it then that's really all that matters.
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