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Old 07-02-2014, 02:59 AM   #1
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Umar's 20L - Collectoritis exists!


Hello beautiful people of TPT!

The tank featured here was part of another thread from over a month ago, but I felt it got lost since I was doing updates on 4 other tanks. I've decided to dedicate this thread to this tank only, since so much keeps happening plant-wise.

Here are the details:

Tank: Great Choice 20L from Petsmart
Substrate: 15 lbs. Floramax black mixed with about 8 lbs Floramax regular and gravel
Filter: Double Sponge Filter (for shrimp) and Top Fin HOB rated @ 100 GPH
Light: 3x26w CFL hooked to generic Walmart Fixture. Bulbs rated @6500 K and 1600 lumen + Current Satellite (NOT +)
Fertz: EI dosing Macros and Micros. Osmocote+ and clay root tabs in substrate.
CO2: 2x 2 Liter DIY Co2 (mix is half tablespoon yeast, 1.5 cups sugar, and half tsp. baking soda). I get 3-4 bps easily and reactors are changed every 7-10 days.

Flora (this will take a while...):
Ludwigia Repens
Ludiwigia Atlantis
Ludwigia Sp. Red
Ludwigia Red Plaustris
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Ludwigia Cuba
Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata
Ludwigia Rubin
Ludwigia senegalgensis
Ludwigia Pink ovalis
Bacopa caroliniana
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Magenta
Rotala Colorata
Ammania Gracilis
Ammania Bonsai (True Rotala indica)
Staurogyne Repens
Pogostemon Helferi "Downoi"
Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"
Alternanthera Reineckii Roseafolia
Alternanthera Reineckii Variegated
Red Melon SwordBacopa Monnieri
Pearlweed - NOT HM (its better and carpets easier)
Crypt Undulata
Crypt Wendtii Brown
Crypt Nurri Pahang Mutated
Java Moss
Peacock Moss
Subwasstertang
Java Fern
Golden Nesea
Mayaca Fluvatilis
Blyxa Japonica
Hygro Sp. Brown
Hygro Compact
Limnophilia Aromatica
Anubias Coffefolia
Anubias Nana
Windelove Java Fern
Myriophyllum Matogrossense
Rotala H'ra
Rotala mini butterfly
Rotala singapore
Rotala caterpillar
rotala pearl type 1
Fissdens fontanus
dwarf water lettuce
greater duckweed
lesser duckweed
Micranthemum umbrosum "monte carlo"


Fauna:
About 100 shrimp. I bought 5 PFRs from Nick (Speedie), about 7 others from a LFS. Then Supreme Reds from Speedie and NeilSheh as well (about 18). I also picked up a few high grade Sakura Red females at the LFS because of a sales promotion.

I fell in love with planted tanks in March, about 3 months after I started keeping fish. The idea of a vibrant planted tank intrigued me, and after I stumbled upon this website, it was game over. People like Mr. Tom Barr, crazydaz, OVT, hyzer, and many others showed me that you could keep a good amount of plant species in a tank and still make it look good.

Therefore, I spent the most of April and May buying plants from all sorts of sellers and set this tank up on May 18.

Week 1:


Week 2:


Week 3:




I then doubled my co2 by adding another 2 liter reactor and added another 26w CFL. The results were astounding.

Week 5:



The tank now:




Downoi and Blyxa

Monte Carlo carpet - 2 weeks in:


S. Repens and Crypts:


Ludwigia Red:


Ludwigia Atlantis:


AR mini:


Shrimp on Peacock Moss (mixed with sneaky stem growth)






The whole aquarium rack:


Feel free to comment and ask any questions! I love these forums and the people that use them. Here's to regular updates!
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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Very nice setup!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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Very nice setup!!!
Thank you very much! I'm getting some new stuff in the mail this week:

2 regulators: the aquatek paintball regulator and another one from Hong Kong that I couldn't pass up because of the deal.

and....a Finnex Ray II! Hopefully the increased PAR won't be giving me algae headaches, but I wont be putting the light on until the co2 is set up and ready to go.
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after week 5 it took off like crazy for you! very nice crypts you have there.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:04 PM   #5
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First weeks picture, I was like "meh" Week 5's pictures, I was like "Holy sh@t, it worked"

Reminds me of OVT's mishmash masterpieces.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:35 AM   #6
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First weeks picture, I was like "meh" Week 5's pictures, I was like "Holy sh@t, it worked"

Reminds me of OVT's mishmash masterpieces.
That's a very humbling compliment. Thank you.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:21 AM   #7
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Well, a lot has changed in terms of equipment between my last update and this one.

I bought an Aquatek Paintball Regulator with solenoid for this tank. The needle valve is a bit finicky but it seems to be doing the job well -lots of pearling happening in this tank.

Also bought a Finnex Ray II 30 inch. Great light, but as claimed by many before me, it washes out reds. So, I'm supplementing with 2 CFL bulbs (the primary reason was for coverage and intensity though). The Great Choice 19w 5000K bulb on the right lamp adds a great red hue to the tank and the left bulb is a GE 6500K 26w.

I added a bunch of new species too, courtesy of Bartohog (give him your business guys, he's a great guy!):

- Weeping Moss
- Persicaria kawagoeanum
- Bacopa salzmannii
- Ludwigia "pantanal"
- Ludwigia sphaerocarpa
- Didlipis diandra
- Proserpinaca palustris
- Crypt metallic red (maybe affinis? Someone needs to confirm this for me - it's located on the left, next to the moss, behind the Blyxa)
- Ludwigia lacustris
- Ludwigia arcuata

I also bought 2 AR mini tissue culture packs from Petsmart and that's what you see on the right foreground :P

Yeah, I know, I have a problem XD

I also got a new camera: a Sony HX50V. It's a point-and-shoot but man oh man, is it an upgrade. I'm blown away by the possibilities and so far I've only had it for 3 days

The PFRs started breeding like crazy once I added 2 large Indian Almond Leaves, but I noticed that a majority of the saddled females are low quality...gotta do some culling and I would appreciate it if someone gave me tips on that (will the shrimp gain coloration after successfully breeding and molting multiple times?).

Here are pics:


Pre-trim today


Post-trim - about 6 PST today


Ludwigia red


Rotala wallichi


Najas grass (I know, it looks incredible grown in high tech ;P)



L. Arcuata x Repens


Rotala macrandra


Pearlweed


Shrimp




Thanks for stopping by!
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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Woot...
Haven't done an update in a long time. The tank was rescaped in a way that allowed me to grow the stems the best way possible for ANOTHER rescape.

TL;DR: I bought an enormous manzanita branch, sawed it into individual, usable pieces, and those will be going into the tank in a couple of weeks with the new scape. I'm aiming to use the wood to partition stems and the fore, mid, and background species ala Tom Barr.

Time to shut up and post pics hehe:







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damn, your tank looks awesome!
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:33 AM   #10
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Thank you!
It's coming along - I just need to get the manzanita prepped and ready (it's going to go through the white fungus stage first though).

In about 4-6 weeks, I'll need the members' help here to choose the layout of the wood/hardscape.
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Your plants look so nice and lush! The shrimp must love those happy plants
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:22 AM   #12
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So, as promised, I did a rescape on the tank.

The dilemma was to use more manzanita, but my collectoritis itch won out in the end - I wanted my favorite stems to be in there.

The scape is 6 days old and the plants have to fill in more. Then I guess I'll learn to do some actual aquascaping and learn how to trim properly.

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Cheers everyone!
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Lovin the colors on your tank! So that's 3 CFLs + the Finnex Ray II? I'd be scared of putting that much light on my tanks, but you've got your CO2 all locked down!

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Old 09-29-2014, 07:50 AM   #14
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Yeah sometimes I cringe when I realize how much PAR there is within this tank, but I've found that good co2 fixes pretty much all algae problems (3.5 bps).
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:35 PM   #15
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Looks good mate! reminds me a little of mine. Plus mine is also 5 weeks or so...

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