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Old 07-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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I couldn't come up with a good title for this thread. This is just a simple planted tank that requires little work on my part, which is just fine with me. It has been up and running for almost a year now. It started out with too much light and no CO2 (dumb mistake because of ignorance), then pressurized CO2 and a lot more plants, and now back to somewhat low tech when I moved the CO2, lighting, and a lot of plants to a new tank.

The Setup
- 20 gallon high aquarium
- Aquaclear 20 and 50
- Two clamp work lights with 23 watt, 6500 K, CFL bulbs ~9" above the tank
- Aqueon Pro 100 watt heater
- Pool filter sand
- Gro-soil root tabs
- Dry ferts dosed on a low tech weekly schedule

Plants
- Cryptocoryne wendtii 'red'
- Helanthium bolivianum
- Clinopodium brownei
- Nymphoides aquatica
- Nymphoides 'taiwan'
- Java moss
- Peacock moss
- Amazon frogbit
- Brazilian pennywort
- Water sprite
- Echinodorus 'rubin' (never seems to grow past 4" tall for me, but grows well)
- Other plants that I can't recall the names of right now

Fish
- Harlequin rasboras
- German blue ram pair
- Kuhli loaches



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Old 07-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Very nice, love the look!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Very pretty. It looks peaceful.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, it is peaceful to watch since the fish get along and show all types of behaviors.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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Description sounds nice! The pictures aren't loading though.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #6
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Your tank looks really nice! What type of plant/moss do you have on your driftwood - the peacock or java moss?
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:32 PM   #7
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Description sounds nice! The pictures aren't loading though.
Thanks, I can't seem to find any problems with the links, but I uploaded one of the pictures to this site to see if it will work for you. It may be a problem on photobucket's end.



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Your tank looks really nice! What type of plant/moss do you have on your driftwood - the peacock or java moss?
Thank you, the branched piece on the left is covered in peacock moss, and the piece of driftwood that is to the right is covered in java moss. Once the branched piece fills in more it should look much nicer.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:50 PM   #8
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Got it! I guess it was my phone, for some reason, but it works on my computer. Looks like a happy habitat. It'll be better once it grows in more!
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:09 AM   #9
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Ok cool, thanks for letting me know that they are working. The plants have all been growing well, so it shouldn't take long to fill in even more.

I've been considering adding another plant to the branched driftwood in the somewhat bare spot lower on the branch. Maybe adding some sort of bucephalandra or anubias nana 'petite', any thoughts on that? I keep trying to picture it and I'm just not sure if it would even look right. The other thought is to not tie anything more to the driftwood and plant some Cryptocoryne balansae behind it, but not along the whole back of the tank.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:52 AM   #10
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I love some Anubias nana. It probably wouldn't look bad on the wood, it would be another broad leaf plant to even out the number of broad leaf plants in your tank currently. I say that, but you should see my hack-job of aquascapes :P
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #11
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I've never grown any anubias mostly because I can never find a place for them in any of the tanks. The nana 'petite' seems to be the only one (other than 'micro') that could possibly fit without being too tall or getting taken over by moss. You are right about it balancing out the broadleaf plants some though, I hadn't really looked at it that way.
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