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Old 03-01-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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1 Year Update! 20G Long - Zoid's Journal (\/) (,;;,) (\/)


My 20G long tank has been setup since December 2013. Plants went in throughout January and February.

Tank
20 Gallon Long (30x12x13) with glass lid

Stand
2x4 Reinforced Ikea Besta Cabinet

Substrate
Fluval Shrimp Stratum, Pool Filter Sand, Estes Gravel/Pebbles

Decorations
Mopani driftwood, Moss covered Driftwood Branches, Medium and Small Cichlid Stones, T.A.R.D.I.S, H2Show Crystal Multi Led

Lighting and Batteries
Aqueon Modular LED (replaced on April 4,2014)
Finnex Fugeray Planted+
Battery Operated Emergency Air Stone, 1000w Apc UPS (30 minutes of power, I get brownouts)

Air, Filter and Heater
Fluval 206 Canister Filter, Shrimp Filter (eBay), Fluval M Series 150w Submersible, Fusion 500 Air pump, Sponge Prefilter

Plants
Amazon Sword, Rotala Nanjenshen, Mini Pellia, Moss Ball, Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Amazon Frogbit.

Fertilizer
Seachem Flourish Root Tabs, Seachem Iron, Seachem Excel, Seachem Flourish

Fish & Shrimp as of April 4, 2014
2 - Dwarf Ramirezi
2 - Peppered Corydoras (Will be adding another 3 soon)
7 - Glass Bloodfin Tetras (Will be moving to another tank soon)
7 - Rummynose Tetras
6 - Neon Tetras
7 - Amano Shrimp
3 - Otocinclus

Other info
1/3 PWC every 2 Weeks, Prime and 10% top up every other week, 26c water temperature, Seachem Prime, New Life Spectrum Thera A, Hikari Bloodworms, Hikari Algae Wafers, HBH Shrimp Pellets.

I will be updating the thread with more pictures of plant growth and inhabitants.

What I planned out in January


Picture of tank February 2, 2014


Picture of Tank February 22, 2014
Rotala has done spectacularly well, 3 Bunches of 3-4 stems have turned into 11 bunches, clippings planted throughout tank.
Java Fern moved to corner, LFS had Amazon Sword in bad shape I added it in hoping to revive it. Mini Pellia tied to Driftwood.


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April 4, 2014
Tore down tank and rescaped in below posts.
Also replaced Modular LED with a Finnex Fugeray Planted+
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:00 AM   #2
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Diggin it man! can't wait to see some updated pics.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:56 PM   #3
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My stand is complete thanks to ikea and some serious 2x4 base and a braced interior.
Also sorry for the poor quality ipad/iphone pics don't have a good camera... yet.
Note: I/m a grown man who collects Toys


Pic of Tank March 1, 2014, added in a spraybar, Rotala has grown 1 1/2 inches in 1 week.


Spraybar custom made from a PVC Irrigation Riser, Hose Clamp, Cap and a 1/2" to 3/4" Elbow ($4.54)
No more Jetstream from the stock 205 outtake!!! Fish finally swimming throughout all levels of tank.
Have since moved the spraybars flow towards the glass


Some of the inhabitants
Neons and Amano Shrimp

Neons and Rummynose

Neons and Dwarf Rams


Still waiting on several plant and tank accessories in the mail
Will be adding in more cories, neons and rummy soon once I find a home for the bloodfins.
I'd love to get some other varieties of shrimp but I'm afraid of a population explosion.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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Amazon Sword, Rotala Nanjenshen, Mini Pellia, Moss Ball, Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Amazon Frogbit.
The amazon sword will outgrow your tank. Read 1 had 1 that had roots which consumed most of his 30G tank.
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion. The swords will stay in this tank till they get well established then ill move all but one to other tanks I plan to make

If they get a growth spurt, I don't mind trimming. We'll see how it goes, my lights aren't to powerful, they're growing slowly.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:46 AM   #6
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Since the last update I made a few changes. First I bought 6 Otos, they were uber tiny almost half an inch, only 3 survived the first day. The 3 Otos remaining went to town on my algae and cleaned every plant in the tank.

I bought 3 friends for the Peppered cats to play with, unfortunately they all died in a week. My LFS's pepper cats are 3/4" but my two guys are already 2". I'm guessing they didn't like the pesky kids.

Then I bought my new Finnex Fugeray Planted+, so much light!

Then today I tore down my tank.

With a nice shopping spree at Docteosfosterandsmith here is what I came up with.

Note: I should have taken pics during the setup, unfortunately I forgot.



On the left side the vertical piece of Mopani is conveniently covering the unsightly Filter Sponge/Canister intake. I've also stuffed the nooks and crannies with Java fern.


Happy Ram and some Tetras checking out the new digs.


Not much going on in the right side. View of my h2show bubbler, shrimp filter, heater and custom spraybar. Waiting on Rotala and Amazon sword to grow out here.


Thanks for viewing!
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Old 12-13-2014, 05:52 PM   #7
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1 year update.

Not so crystal clear anymore but I love it!

TANK DETAILS:
20 gallon Long
Fluval 206 Canister and modified spraybar
FINNEX 30" Fugeray Planted Plus
Fluval M200 Heater
h2show Venturi bubbler
Cheap Shrimp Sponge filter from ebay
Versa Top Glass lid (half only)
Homemade Window screen/bird netting lid (half only)

AQUASCAPE:
Fluval Shrimp Stratum
White Pool Filter Sand
Malaysian Driftwood
Doctor Who Tardis

PLANTS:
Banana Plant (Nymphoides Aquatica)
Willow Moss (Fontinalis Antipyretica)
Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium Laevigatum)
Amazon Sword (Echinodorus Amazonicus)
Anubias Nana (Anubias Barteri)
Rotala (Rotala sp. 'Wallichii')
Rotala (Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan')
Java Fern (Microsorum Pteropus)
Moss Ball

INHABITANTS: (yes I know im overstocked, but its been like this for such a long time and Im doing fine.)
20 + Neocaridina Heteropoda (Ultra Red Cherry Shrimp)
10 Amano Shrimp (Started with 5 surprisingly)
7 Female Blue Fancy Guppies
12 Neon Tetra
6 Glass Bloodfin
6 Rummynose Tetra
2 Peppered Corydoras
3 Pygmy Corydoras
1 Dwarf German/Gold Ram its companion died 3 months ago =(
3 Assassin Snail (Clea Helena)
Varying number of Random Snails that hitchhiked

WATER PARAMETRES:
pH – 6.8
gH – 9
kH – 2
TDS – 250
Temperature – 26C


FERTS/WATER SCHEDULE: (Water changes have been going so well for me with this sched)
Flourish tabs in stratum
Seachem Planted Aquarium Dosing Chart (every other week, Excel every day)
PRIME with minimum 10% water change every week unless (below)
PRIME with 50% water change monthly. (Fluval Filter clean out and baby shrimplets rescue)

Full tank shot.


Middle of the tank with a selection of fishies


Ultra Cherry hanging out near the Spray bar in the Rotala forest


My lonely GBRam.


Ultra Cherry hanging out on the Frogbit forest (this dang plant blocks so much light i remove than by the handfulls every week lol)


Ultra Cherry on my Moss balls
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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TANK DETAILS:
20 gallon Long

PLANTS:
Rotala (Rotala sp. 'Wallichii')
Rotala (Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan')
I don't see the Rotala sp. 'Wallichii'. Where is it?
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Old 12-15-2014, 04:33 AM   #9
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The wallichi is in the middle back and front corners of the tank for some reason they blend in with my nanjenshan which is in the back right corner. Its not red like it is in my 7.9 EBI.

Perhaps this picture better shows it. After the cleanup.

Full tank shot, I had no choice but to clear up the rotala forest and frogbit. Almost half a grocery bag gone.


That is not pearling sadly...


Doctor Who and the invasion of the Shrimp!


I have an algae problem in this part of the tank =[ Atleast the shrimp love it...


Havent seen my pygmys in awhile because of the overgrowth. There ended up being 1 more than I thought I still had, 4 Total.


FUN FACT:
Aqadvisor has my 90+ inhabitant (Including fish, snails, shrimp) at 142% capacity.

(Yes i know its not taking into effect my plants, dosing schedule and water changes. But its fun to know anyways)
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:48 AM   #10
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I miss when I used to have cherry shrimp in my 20L. Had the co2 cranked up and they all died off except a bunch of clear/black ones that I put in my 10g. Seems like you have quite the community tank. I just added fish yesterday and I'm trying to get used to the whole zooming around everywhere thing.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:51 PM   #11
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I like the evolution - looks great!
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:20 PM   #12
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Thanks!

Im thinking my 4 Largest Female Guppies might be on their last legs ( they are atleast 1 1/2years old), so Ill be needing some new tankmates soon. I'd prefer not to make anymore baby guppies as its alot of work. Although these blue guppies are pretty sweet Ill be doing breeding guppy only tank sometime in the future.

Ill probably just get more neons as that was the whole point I started this tank.
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