Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
aquascaping a 20 gallon high
thought i'd share the progression of my current project. I'm going small for my first time aquascaping. I made the stand about two weeks ago.
Things i know i'll be using -
ro water with an attached kdf/85 cartridge
Fluval t5ho dual lamp fixture - 2 24 inch t5s, 6700k each
pressurized c02 with a milwaukee regulator
Eheim skim 350
a Fluval 305 (that's been sitting around since 2007) if i can get it to work
things i've not decided on yet -
Light fixture height. i filled the tank with tap water today to check out the par. my btm-3000 is saying 134, that is most likely too much, i may need to raise the fixture a bit. i put a quad on my 56 gallon but the plants grew too fast. i want good lighting but need slower growth.
I just got a UP Atomizer in the mail yesterday but i got the wrong size (12/16mm). i've been using a max mix reactor in my 56 gallon and thought about using similar but the 20 gal is small so i was going to go external. now i question whether or not i want to use the atomizer after reading about it breaking. i may just stick the hose into my skimmer and be done with it.
substrate - most likely, eco complete but i'm not positive yet and white sand.
hardscape - my plans (to date) are to build up the back of the aquarium and create an off-center path from front to back. using rocks of some sort on both the right and left of the path.
plants - undecided. i have a book called "encyclopedia of aquarium plants" (outdated btw) and the only thing that's caught my eye so far is the top photo on page 161. not even sure what it is.
Last edited by Dave_in_VA; 03-12-2017 at 04:05 AM.