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Old 11-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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20 Gallon Long Jungal (56k)


Hey Everyone, I've Been wanting to do a Journal for my 20 Gallon long for a while now, So I've decided to finally do it! I’ll give a brief history since setting up the tank. I began this back in May and was very excited about it since its double the size of my 10 gallon! I built a custom hood that holds five cfl’s with four built in fans. The filtration was a Toms Rapid Mini ( I know sad) So I upgraded that to a SunSun canister filter, which I have no complaints about. I was not dosing fertilizers or injecting Co2 for a while. Plants would continuously die off and I was getting frustrated due to having had such great success with the 10G.

About two months ago I decided it was time to get serious with this tank. I transferred the #5 Co2 tank from the 10G to the 20G and starting dosing with Seachem liquid fertilizers. The tank is finally filling in and the added Co2 and fertilizers made a world of difference. Recently I switched to dry fertilizers and built my own reactor to help diffuse the Co2 into the water column. My Flora right now is a quite the mix of stuff but partially due to my inability to stop buying different plants and I like to posses different species just in case for future projects. Also I’m aware that my tank may be overstocked but the fish have survived with no issues and appear to love their home .

So to the specs:

Flora:
  • Vals
  • Nymphaea micrantha
  • Tiger Lotus
  • M. Quadrifolia
  • Limnophila Aromatica
  • Dwarf Sag
  • Dwarf Hair Grass
  • Amazon Sword
  • Java Fern
  • Marimo ball
  • Hemianthus Callitrichoides
  • Micro Sword
  • Crypt Wendtii Red
  • Crypt Wendtii Green
  • Misc. Bacopa
  • Blyxa Japonica
  • Peacock Moss
  • E. tenellus
  • Subwassertang
  • Anubias Petite
  • Staurogyne Repens 049
  • limnophila 'vietnam mini'
  • Hemianthus micranthemoides
  • Couple others I’m unsure about
Fauna:
  • 8 white clouds
  • 6 cardinal tetras
  • 4 silver hatchets
  • 4 Ottos
  • 4 Dwarf Chain Loaches
  • 3 SAEs
  • 2 halfbeaks
  • 1 Farlowella
  • 1 Male Betta
  • 1 Female Betta
  • 1 Guppie
  • 1 Horse Face Loach
Equipment:
  • Custom 5 cfl hood
  • SunSun canister filter
  • #5 Co2 tank
  • Custom reactor
  • Timers
Maintenance:
  • EI dosing
  • Algae Scraping
  • 30% weekly water change.
The Tank:


Couple of Full tank Shots






Thanks for looking! Hope you enjoy!
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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And some of the Residents: Farlowella, Dwarf Chain Loach, & Halfbeak



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Old 11-19-2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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What kind of camera do you use? Those colors are so vibrant!
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:01 PM   #4
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Nice tank.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:06 PM   #5
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Awesome tank!! I like the large combo of different fish that looks awesome.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:00 PM   #6
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While this tank looks phenomonal, it is extremely overstocked. According to your stats, you have 35 fish in there. And some of them look to be far beyond one inch long. You may want to consider cutting back on the bio load both for you and your fish.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:38 AM   #7
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msnikkistar the camera is a Canon Rebel XS, taken with a tripod. msnikkistar, Pri, DANIELSON, & tetra thanks for the compliments. Regarding the bio load I'm not at all concerned. I have a variety of bottom, mid, & top dwelling fish. I also consider my tank to be on the heavier planted side which I believe helps minimalize the bioload & I maintain water changes. I look at the inch per gallon rule more as a guideline and from there you can tweak it.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:52 AM   #8
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Do you really have all of this in a 20G? Wow I better stock up my 55G nice and good.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:30 AM   #9
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Very nice tank indeed. I love the wide variety of fish particularly the hatchets which I feel are very underrepresented these days. I would get some but I have no cover on my tank and I'm afraid they'll carpet surf...
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:36 AM   #10
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Tank looks great! The Celebes halfbeaks breed for U at all? There a great looking fish, love em in big schools too
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:45 PM   #11
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Cardinal, Cuchulainn Thanks! The original plan was to go with Marble Hatchets, but due to lack of stock I went with the Silvers. I would have to agree you don't see them all that often in tanks and they are a unique looking fish. The Celebes have not bred for me. They are fairly new, sort of an impulse buy because I had never seen them before. I've thought about getting a couple more. The two that I have now seem to stay on opposite ends of the tank.

Snapped a couple more pictures: The first being one of the plants that I'm unaware of what it is, any ideas? It used to be more red before moving into my tank. The second being of my Nymphaea micrantha, I thought it was interesting how it was propagating, anyone seen them multiply this way before?

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Old 11-22-2010, 05:44 AM   #12
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I think the plant might be ludwigia arcuata.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:41 PM   #13
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Nice to see someone else who favors Farlowella! Some of the best algae eaters, they just need veggie treats each week because they do not recognize prepared foods as food... Fascinating fish! Most other fish do not even realize they are there, IME.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:56 PM   #14
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Mind showing your diy reactor and hood? I am in the midst of setting up a 20l as well(coming from a 10 )
Great looking tank!
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:39 PM   #15
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tank looks ill dude, i dig it.
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