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Well i've been lurking this site since i joined, but don't post much. Im really intrested in african cichlids and larger tanks. I kind of did this tank for my girl, but i pretty much took it over also.

Its a low light setup that has been setup for awhile now, No real aquascape, Im still learning.

Tank- 20 long
Lighting- Coralife 30" dual t5 fixture
Filtration- Rena Xp2
Substrate- Flourite blk sand
DIY co2, Red Sea CO2 Reactor 500
Fertz- Flourish excel, Flourish

Plants- Anubias barteri 'Nana' , Amazon Sword ,Java Fern

Stocklist- At this moment

3 Neon tetras
3 Rummynose tetras
6 Pristella tetras
3 amano shrimp
3 otos
Started with 20 rcs, don't know exactly how many i have now.

The beginning









Neglected. I had some rotala over 2' when i pulled them all out.



The most recent shots.







I took out all stem plants, because i didn't have time to trim etc..So now all i have is slow growing low light plants. It works for me. Im thinking of adding something else on the right side, any suggestions are welcomed, thanks for looking.
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The tank looks great! The only thing I would do is add some backround and forground plants.

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What's the reflective surface at the bottom of the last shot?


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It looks as though it's the bottom of the tank. You can see it in the last 3 photos.


Great looking tank, but I think I liked it better when you had stem plants in there! Do you plan on adding any, or was it just too much maintenance? +1 for foreground :-)
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It looks as though it's the bottom of the tank. You can see it in the last 3 photos.


Great looking tank, but I think I liked it better when you had stem plants in there! Do you plan on adding any, or was it just too much maintenance? +1 for foreground :-)
He is right, its the bottom of the tank, the xp2 creates alot of flow for this little tank. At the time they were in there, i found myself to busy with working and other things to keep trimming them each week. I really like the stem plants though. As far as a foreground plants, i originally wanted to get a carpet of microswords going, but they never really spreaded just grew up a little. What are some suggestion for a easy foreground plant on a low light setup?
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My dwarf hairgrass sends runners pretty quickly. But the fully grown out ones tend to brown as well.
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here is a new picture, i added some microswords that someone gave me, im really wanting to try some emmersed hc to do a totally new scape.



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I really like your tank. I like the hardscape and I like your plants.
I do wonder tho if you are going to run into trouble because you only have slow growing plants in there.
IMO it is good to have a few fast growers in there along with slow growers because they can compete with algae problems that may arise.
I KNOW what a pain it is to have fast growers but I think it keeps the tank somewhat balanced to have both.
I would rather have to go in and trim my plants then have to look at algae in my tank.
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thanks for the comment, yeah im getting back into the whole stem thing, i just got in about 15 stems of blyxa, and im on the hunt for a nice bit of hc. surprisingly algae is not a problem. i get a little bba here and there but no problem. I have a super cleaning crew.
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I have pretty much all fast growing plants in my tank because I have a stingray that lives in the tank, so the stem plants take up less room, and are harder for the ray to tear apart by mowing over them.
Although I love a planted tank, I love my ray more.
Because he produces a lot of ammonia, I do a water changes every other day so why I am in there I maintain the plants which means snipping them every other day or so.
If I waited a full week the tank would be chaos.
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did a little rearranging, i got a bunch of java fern, im really in need of a foreground plant. Im also thinking of doing emmersed hc in the near future.


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nice 'scape. giving me some good ideas for my new 20 long. I think I'm going to have to angle my filter intake as well.


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