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Old 08-31-2014, 06:02 AM   #1
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My 20L Journey - FullMetalMako


I'm a beginner aquarist journalling my first planted tank.


Taken: August 2nd, 2014

The tank had sat empty for about a month (because I was poor :P) until I decided to at least fill it with water and begin cycling it. I took gravel from my old tank and place it in a ziplock bag with holes in it. The sponge filter has plenty of bacteria in it. The rocks were the new and I wanted to make sure they were truly safe for aquarium use before I committed to them.


Taken: August 8th, 2014

I finally received the key components of my aquarium:
  • Aquaclear 50g HOB filter
  • x2 20lbs Eco-Complete black substrate
  • x1 15lbs Florite black sand

This was taken right after I added plants:
  • Wisteria and Hornwort on the far corners
  • Rotala rotundifolia in the center
  • Crypt wendtii "bronze" in the foreground in front of the rocks
  • x1 Anubias nana tied to a stone
  • x2 Amazon Swords (I should've have probably just gotten 1)
At this point there was no lighting.

As you can see, I kept the sponge filter running alongside the HOB. I kept it in for over two weeks until I was 100% sure the HOB was good on its own.


Taken: August 30th, 2014

At this point I've had lights for about two and a half weeks, have been dry dosing in the EI low tech method for exactly 1 week.

Started off buying x2 15w CFLs @ 6500k but one of them was faulty right out of the box. I don't own a car and had to bike 6 miles to get those two and so I decided I'd make do with just the 1 bulb. The growth you see here is after over two weeks at 0.75 watts/gal (admittedly most the growth began after EI dosing). The tank in this photo is illuminated by x2 20watt CFLs @ 6500k (2 watts/gal).

The drift wood is oak branch shards that I found dried out in my neighborhood. I boiled them and baked them thoroughly. They took about 3 days of floating to sink with the help of some rocks tied on to them. The java moss was added 1 day ago (also tied on).

I quickly got fed up of the Hornwort as it constantly sheds needle like leaves that settled in the corners of the tank. I didn't like the fact it is purely a floating plant. I discarded it and bought Anacharis which I think is gorgeous! The Wisteria is still in but I'm considering replacing it with a stem plant or with lots of Java fern (if I can get my hands on some!)

Very happy with the tank right now


BONUS PICTURE! Her name is Big Momma and she's my female Amano Shrimp (~ 1.5")

I currently have:
  • x2 Zebra Danio (came from my fish tank which was a gift)
  • x4 Amano Shrimp
  • x6 Harlequin Rasbora (added in that order)


Thanks for reading through all this crap I'd love to hear opinions about good plants for low-tech tanks. I especially want to fill the midground more.

I wanted to stick to an Asian fish setup but I'm considering a pair of German Blue Rams. Would Gouramis be better? I've heard issues with aggression with both but I would love a "center piece" for the tank.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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Lovely Tank. Great picture of the shrimp.
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Old 09-01-2014, 04:33 PM   #3
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Plants:
  • Wisteria and Hornwort on the far corners
  • Rotala rotundifolia in the center
  • Crypt wendtii "bronze"
  • x1 Anubias nana tied to a stone
  • x2 Amazon Swords (I should've just gotten 1)
Started off buying x2 15w CFLs @ 6500k but one of them was faulty right out of the box. I don't own a car and had to bike 6 miles to get those two and so I decided I'd make do with just the 1 bulb. The growth you see here is after over two weeks at 0.75 watts/gal (admittedly most the growth began after EI dosing). The tank in this photo is illuminated by x2 20watt CFLs @ 6500k (2 watts/gal).
The Rotala rotundifolia seems to be the only 1 that will need much higher light. Best economically to stick with plants that suit your light, such as Wisteria, Cryptocoryne and Anubias, Ferns and Moss. Just 1 Amazon sword's roots will take up the substrate.

Are you under 18yrs? If no how about buying a light strip online. If under can you get parents to set up paypaly account and buy a light strip on line?
For light strip:
Coralife T5NO Coralife 47.57 at Pet
Marineland double Amazon 43.95

For plants you get best deals from people on forums like here and APC

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Old 09-01-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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The Rotala rotundifolia seems to be the only 1 that will need much higher light. Best economically to stick with plants that suit your light, such as Wisteria, Cryptocoryne and Anubias, Ferns and Moss. Just 1 Amazon sword's roots will take up the substrate.

Are you under 18yrs? If no how about buying a light strip online. If under can you get parents to set up paypaly account and buy a light strip on line?
For light strip:
Coralife T5NO Coralife 47.57 at Pet
Marineland double Amazon 43.95

For plants you get best deals from people on forums like here and APC
Haha, yes, I'm over 18.

I always intended on getting a Finnex Fugeray Planted+ but never got around to it. The Rotala is actually doing great and some of it is a nice purple color.

Definitely going to consider removing one of the Swords. Any good background and midground plant suggestions?
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Here is a easy cheap DIY LED strip over a 10G tank. Appears to be as bright as my 2 Coraife T5NO light strips over my 20G long tank.

For plants I think you need more anubias for the forefront. For background just give the wisteria time. It is a weed and hard to kill. It is a nitrate hog. Thus in time you will need to dose KNO3 (potas. nitrate). I get from Spectricide Stump remover at Lowes's or HD. Some states have made it illegal. KNO3 soluiton - Mix 30 ml (3 tsp or 1 Tbs) into 1 cup of water. 1ml = 1.08 ppm of NO3 in 10g of water. Increas nitrates slowly to protect fish.

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I wouldn't worry too much about taking out one for the swords. I've got 14 of them in a 55 gallon, and they're doing pretty good. Granted, the growth is a little slower than if I had, say, 5, but they're all very healthy. Another great plant is water sprite. Grows like a weed and looks awesome. Good background plant. As for midground plants, I'd go with more Cryptocoryne wendtii. Several more anubias plants on that wood would look awesome, too.
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