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Old 03-19-2010, 09:20 PM   #1
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Ricks 20 gallon tall. (Updated 06-27) 1 Year later update and thoughts.


Hi everyone, this is my first post. Im building a 20 gallon tall tank after being sucked into this hobby by my co-workers hehe. Im not sure what plants im going to use yet, still debating if I like my aqua scape.

As far as the setup goes Ill be using:

-custom 20 gallon rimless tank
-eco complete substrate
-fluval 205 canister filter
-hydor inline heater
-ebay co2 diffuser
-azoo regulator
-ebay lilly pipes
-and other things ive forgotten about.

Here is a picture of the priliminary aquascape, please comment and leave suggestions! I have a few days to fiddle with it before my ferts and plants get here.

I bought some Malaysian drift wood at the lfs and some petrified wood. here it is.


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Old 03-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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looks nice l like how the petrified wood match the mdw very good job!
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:10 PM   #3
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Very nice
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:02 AM   #4
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some anubias would look great on that driftwood
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l agree with ^^^
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:01 AM   #6
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Yea anubias would look good in there. Im thinking about putting hc in the front with some dwarf hair grass in the mid, then something bushy in the back and maybe some sort of moss on the wood, but some anubias right mixed with the wood might add a nice touch.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:55 AM   #7
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Definitely tie on some moss... I love the look of moss on wood. Right now I have 3 different kinds. Interesting stuff moss is...
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:01 AM   #8
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So i ended up making an ADA style pole to hang my fishneedit pendant. I painted the pole and the light with black BBQ paint turned out pretty good. Plants and ferts are on the way, should have water in it this week!

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Old 03-23-2010, 04:30 AM   #9
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looks cool... i wanna see it setup
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:36 AM   #10
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wow looks so good! great job on the tank!
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Old 03-26-2010, 04:23 AM   #11
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Update time,

So I got my order of plants. I ended up with:

1X Dwarf hair grass
1X HC
1X Dwarf Anubias
1X Pogostemon stellata
1X Star Grass

They had no moss, so ill have to get some somewhere else


I gotta give HUGE props to Tim Burton over at aquafloranurseries he was a big help. I emailed over a request for a quote and some suggestions on plants and I got an awesome response tons of help, and when i told him I lived close by and if i could do a local pickup he did me better and dropped the plants and ferts off at my work! wow! Also this stuff was grown in gel, from cell cultures he said, whatever that means, i was impressed. And holy volume!!.I got alot of plant per order. Infact i got so much HC from one order is practically covered the front of the tank.

Also a big thanks to the guys at western gasco cylinders in langley bc. I went there looking for a 5lb co2 tank and of course didnt have one welding supplier One guy took it up and sourced me a co2 tank and went and picked it up for me and filled it for free. cost me 100 bucks.

Well anyways here are some pictures:



And the gear:



So Ive got the light on 12hrs right now with 1bps of co2. I haven't set up a co2 indicator yet, that's for tomorrow. Water is holding at 75 F PH 7.2 KH 8 GH 10. Ferts going in tomorrow.

Should i shorten light time?

Oh i should also mention ,I bough that Azoo regulator from ebay, and it happens to have a Japanese style connector. Errrr. So i had to do some ghetto mods so it would fit my tank. So careful with ebay regulators!!
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:45 AM   #12
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Looks great! Love the wood! Nice choice of plants as well can't wait to see more pictures
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:30 AM   #13
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Hey man, welcome to TPT from another Canucker! I'm glad there's now like three of us on here, ha!
If you're looking for plants, ask around on www.bcaquaria.com if you're not already on there. It's got a good classifieds, just like the Swap'n'Shop on this forum, but it's more Vancouver and surrounding metro's based.

The one suggest I have for you is to get something for a centerpiece in regards to plants. Maybe get a whole whack of Needle leafe Java fern or something stick it to the wood...?
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:51 AM   #14
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So the first weekend with the planted tank went good, I mixed up a bunch of dry ferts and dosed the tank as per rexs site. Everything seems to be going alright, my star grass has definatly started to grow and is pearling alot.

However there are some problems, some of my dwarf anubias has yellow leafs and i cant figure out why (posted in plants forum) and Ive developed a bit of white surface scum . I took it off with paper town hopefully it doesn't come back. Also the top of my Pogostemon stellata is a little wilty, it was like that when i bought it but hasnt really recovered. Anyways heres some pics

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Pogostemon stellata:
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oh going nice so far. how do you like your fishneedit lighting? how many watts did you get? and when you painted it black...did you have to disassemble everything out?
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