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Old 04-03-2007, 01:34 AM   #1
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20g tall low-tech


Alright I am on a $142 budget here And I want to setup a 20g tall tank. I already have the tank so that is not part of the cost. I have $142 to spend on lights, filtration, plants, and fish/inverts.
Foreground/Carpet Plant- Dwarf Hair Grass
Mid-Ground Plant- Java Fern and Java Moss or other Moss.
Background-
Hardscape- Large petrified wood
Substrate- ADA Amazonia?
CO2- No CO2 system but I will be dosing Excel
Light-
Here is basically what the layout is going to be in the tank for now:

What plants should I use for the background? What would be the best substrate? What light wattage would be best? Any other help would be much appreciated too!
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:50 AM   #2
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I like it See how it goes o.O" ADa aquaSoil but you dont have enough for lights
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:34 AM   #3
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I like it See how it goes o.O" ADa aquaSoil but you dont have enough for lights
Hmm, how much do lights usually cost? Shouldn't be too expensive. I am mostly concerned about the bulbs themselves not the fixture. I can make the fixture from a $10 stock light I can buy at Home Depot (18").
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:39 AM   #4
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how long is the whole tank?
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:43 AM   #5
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how long is the whole tank?
Not sure, I have to get the actual measurements. I just remember that I did the math when I got it and it was about 27g. I'll go measure now and get back to you on that

EDIT: 20L"x24H"x10W"
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:55 AM   #6
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Excuse me, I don't know where I got 27g, it is actually a 20g tall tank
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i really like this light, i saw it at my fishstore and its very nice and bright, they had better grown with althernanthera then me, and they had no co2 or ferts


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i really like this light, i saw it at my fishstore and its very nice and bright, they had better grown with althernanthera then me, and they had no co2 or ferts


https://www82.safesecureweb.com/weba...CLT5&iorb=4764
Looks really nice but is 14W really enough for this tank?
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Some old pictures of the tank I took when I found it.

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The petrified wood when I bought it.
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What's a cheap but efficient canister filter for a 20g high planted tank?
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its a double 14w light that used t-5 tubes so its 28 watts total
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its a double 14w light that used t-5 tubes so its 28 watts total
Oh wow, that's good then About 1.4 WPG. But is there a difference in wpg if the tank is tall? Does the light reach the plants at the bottom?
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I think I am going to go with Eco-Complete as a substrate.
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well ur plants seem pretty low lighted, go with alot of crypts
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