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Old 04-09-2014, 02:33 AM   #1
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Omgwhiskey's 20g long


Hello Everyone,

It's new tank time! Stoked to upgrade from my 12g, a custom built 20g (30x12x12in)

Here's the short lived 12g (tore it down after 2.5 months)

Starting setup:

- Aquaclear 20 filter
- X Brand internal powerhead/filter
- Finnex fugeray 20" LED
- Nutrafin co2 natural plant system
- Light & co2 timer

Added/changed:

- Finnex fugeray planted+ 30" LED


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Setting it up on March 29, 2014

Arrived & inspection:



Test flood & driftwood placing:



Found a great way to diffuse co2 with the new filter/powerhead:



Hardscape test #2:

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:37 AM   #2
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March 31, 2014

Substrate got here, first time using fluorite!



Substrate in, flooded & hardscape testing:



Plants in, I moved the old filter from the 12g, so fish in (a few guppies) to keep the filter bacteria alive:



Another angle:

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:39 AM   #3
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April 5, 2014

Finnex planted+ arrived!

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:42 AM   #4
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April 8, 2014

Starting week 2, params look great (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20ppm nitrate) - the filter from my 12g doing the trick.

Already seeing some growth:



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Old 04-09-2014, 06:31 AM   #5
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I really like that tank
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Very nice tank!!!
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:14 AM   #7
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Bit of a long update but a lot happened over the last 2 weeks.

After getting the finnex planted+, I kept my lighting period and everything the same. Big mistake on a new tank. Algae started growing everywhere (hair and green spot mostly):



Decided to step up the game against algae, got some glossostigma, more dhg and a couple of small blyxa japonicas:

Planting Glosso:



Planting DHG:



End result:





More plants didn't slow down algae as I expected so had to step up my game.

Installed a second DIY bottle for more & consistent co2:



resulted in almost yellow drop checker which made me happy and the plants:



My otto's are getting fat

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Along with Co2 I cut the photoperiod by 2 hours (now 6-7 in total), cut feeding to once a day (resulted in lower nitrates) and went with the one-two punch algae treatment.

Still too early to see results but crossing fingers I'll win this fight.

Oh and currently waiting for an eheim ecco pro canister I ordered from amazon, I feel lack of proper filtration is causing ammonia spikes.
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The light from the planted+ made your tank look amazing! Very nice!
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Nice custom made tank! Where'd you get it made?


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According to my 3 year old niece that first picture of the driftwood in the tank by itself looks like a dinosaur. I have to agree.
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Tank looks great...where is the algae exactly?

I'm going with the Loch Ness monster.
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According to my 3 year old niece that first picture of the driftwood in the tank by itself looks like a dinosaur. I have to agree.
Hah! Dinosaur and loch ness monster where my thoughts as well, still have it around but decided not to use it (for now)
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Tank looks great...where is the algae exactly?

I'm going with the Loch Ness monster.
Didn't take any algae pics, it was not horrible but definitely noticeable. Already seeing improvements from the treatment today. Also plants are looking better with a shorter time period.
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Nice custom made tank! Where'd you get it made?


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There's a local LFS where you give them the specs and they will make it for you within 24-48 hours.
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