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Old 12-02-2013, 02:58 AM   #1
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20 Gallon Long Reincarnated- "Slab Temple"


This is probably the 4th incarnation of this tank. I've been meaning to put this up for quite a while, just haven't gotten around to it. Its been set up for around 4 months now at best guess, had some trouble with the HC at the beginning but it seems to be really taking off now. I've2 marineland HOB filters, digital heater w/probe set at around 80 degrees, and a 5lb co2 cylinder. Substrate is flourite onyx sand mixed with a small amount of tahitian moon sand. I've got an old 65 watt PC flourescent fixture, and another 2 bulb t5ho coralife fixture with a 6500k and a "plant" bulb that came with it. Not quite sure on the kelvin rating. If yall would be interested in knowing the stocking flora/fauna wise, let me know. For now, the good stuff; mind the iphone photos.

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Electric Blue Ram:


Electric Blue/German Blue Beefing:




Surprisingly, ram aggression is not too bad. There are scuffles, but each pair has taken one side of the tank and have both spawned; while one spawns, the other prepares their nest and vice versa. Interesting activity to watch; I wish I had the time to try and raise some of the babies.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:15 AM   #2
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Nice tank love the rams!
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thanks drewsuf, Rams have always been my favorite freshwater fish, Electric blue jack dempseys coming in at a close second.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #4
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Im a big fan of the color contrast that you have going on. Tank looks great
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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Thanks manz. Its kind of a hodge podge; once I get these things going I get hit with collectoritis immediately and scower every LFS in the area to find whatever interesting plants I can. That Rotala walichii is a recent addition, and as you mentioned, the contrast it provides is quickly making it one of my favorite plants. Its become quite a bit more red since I've added it in the tank, the LFS I got it from likely wasn't using any additives/supplements. While it has been a bit thrown together, I am really liking the contrast that is going on within it as well. I had grown tired of the "gamma ray /hulk green" look I seemed to be achieving previously and seeing in a lot of high tech setups (although, I'm not quite certain this tank would be considered high tech) and really wanted to stray away from that this time around.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:29 AM   #6
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Got some more pictures if anyones interested....
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:07 AM   #7
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Nice tank! Can you let it bush out a bit more?
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:25 AM   #8
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will take some more time; gotta trim and replant. Don't worry, I'm working on it haha
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:32 AM   #9
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lovely tank, can you post full plant list?
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:56 AM   #10
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Sure thing. Apologize in advance for spelling mistakes.

Stauyrogene Repens
Hygrophilia Angustifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Wallichii
Lobeliea Cardinalis
Dwarf Hairgrass (not sure of exact species)
Hemianthus Callitrichoides
Hemianthus Micranthemoides
Pogostemon Erectus
Marble Queen Radican Sword
Crinum calamistratum
Ludwigia Repens
Anubias Nana "petite"
Cryptocorne Wendtii Bronze
Unidentified green crypt
And not sure about that plant on the very left. Any help IDing it would be great.
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Pair of blue rams spawned today. Literately a week since the last spawn in the tank with the EBR/blue. Looks like im doing something right, that co2 brings the tank to a perfect pH.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #12
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Ready? I got shutterhappy.

New Additions




Favorite Plant, R. Wallichii


Anubias nana petite


Pogostemon Erectus


Hygro Angustifolia alongside "slab"


Another Favorite; Stauyrogene Repens
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I need a bigger tank. I see so many fish and plants I want, and have to resist the urge when I fall back to earth and realize I am only working with a 20 gallon tank.

Im curious as to why my HC isn't taking off in here either. I had virtually the same setup with slightly less light a few years back and the HC took off. It seems that is goes through periods where growth is stagnant, then it grows for a few days then it returns to stagnant mode. Kind of frustrating. I can't wait till it at least creates a thin carpet though; thats really going to bring the depth of the scape to life, along with the s. repens.
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Lol u got the bug, same thing happened to me. I started out with one tank and now have 9 because of plants/fish/shrimp/scapes I wanted. Even now im trying to stop the urge to get 3 more tanks...its sooo tempting though lol



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I need a bigger tank. I see so many fish and plants I want, and have to resist the urge when I fall back to earth and realize I am only working with a 20 gallon tank.

Im curious as to why my HC isn't taking off in here either. I had virtually the same setup with slightly less light a few years back and the HC took off. It seems that is goes through periods where growth is stagnant, then it grows for a few days then it returns to stagnant mode. Kind of frustrating. I can't wait till it at least creates a thin carpet though; thats really going to bring the depth of the scape to life, along with the s. repens.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:56 PM   #15
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Lol u got the bug, same thing happened to me. I started out with one tank and now have 9 because of plants/fish/shrimp/scapes I wanted. Even now im trying to stop the urge to get 3 more tanks...its sooo tempting though lol
Lol, I don't think anyone would be on these forums if they didn't have the bug. I've got it and its chronic, I'll go through periods of time where I am getting down on my luck about the tank, but when It's going good I feel like I can set up more. I'm currently on 2 tanks; but the other one isn't as community friendly. Trust me though haha, there were times where I've had 10+ tanks set up, planted, community, cichlid, saltwater, species/breeding tanks, even reptiles and amphibians at that. Its interesting to see how many of us like this there are in the community though. Working at an aquarium store, I've definitely seen the lot of them, or, us I should say.
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