Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Detroit Metro area
New 20gal Long planted tank co2 w/ dry ferts
I've been using this forum for about 8 months now, since I started my first planted tank and finally decided to join and share the fruits of my labor. The subject of this thread will be my 20 gallon long planted tank. It has been up and running for roughly two months now, and it has been baby steps getting it to where it is. So far i'm quite happy with it, but there's still more to be done. Some specifics on it as it currently stands,
1. anubias nana
2. anubius (don't know specific name)
3. anubias mini
4. ludwigia repens red
5. ludwigia ovalis repens
6. staurogyne repens
7. echinodorus mini
8. crypt parva
9. crypt (unknown, but some kind of smaller variety)
10. Dwarf echinodorus? Not entirely sure
1. pair of german blue rams, not yet mated as one is juvenile and the other is an adult
2. 5 cherry barbs
3. 6 neon tetras
worried that it may be slightly overstocked but so far i've had no issues.
one piece of driftwood with anubias mini attached, another with anubias nana attached. two medium sized rocks i found outside my apartment(lazy and cheap, but works for now). about 1.5-2 inches of black sand as substrate.
The tank was purely low tech up until about a week ago when i started dosing dry ferts, and just today i added another LED fixture (currently at 1.5W/gallon if that means anything) and a pressurized co2 system that i made DIY from a paintball tank. The co2 system works very well from what i can tell so far, but it has only been a few hours. Not sure exactly how much is going in because i don't have a bubble counter, but judging by youtube videos featuring a similar diffuser id say its about 1 bubble per second or maybe just over. Hoping to use this thread to track the progress from here. The next things I want to do is fill in some of the leftover space in the back-right portion of the tank with some nice tall plants that reach the top, and also fill in the open front area with a carpet of some kind. I'm not sure what will grow in the inert sand, so i was hoping to get some feedback. Something like HC is desired but may not be realistic since my light is not very high, i also am considering micranthemum montecarlo or dwarf hairgrass.
So let me know what you think of the tank! Hit me with any questions comments or suggestions. Thanks for reading!