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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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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 i have a book called "encyclopedia of aquarium plants" (outdated btw) and the only thing that's caught my eye so far is the top photo on page 161.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.
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Nice Stand
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added some 1x's to the back of the stand and screwed on some shelving brackets to bring the light fixture up. Brought it up 6.5 inches from the top of the tank, par sensor is now reading around 75. i'll start with that.

added a sheet of frosted window tinting from Home Depot to the back.

drew out a simple layout on a sheet of paper the same size of the id of the tank.

Bump: added some 1x's to the back of the stand and screwed on some shelving brackets to bring the light fixture up. Brought it up 6.5 inches from the top of the tank, par sensor is now reading around 75. i'll start with that.

added a sheet of frosted window tinting from Home Depot to the back.

drew out a simple layout on a sheet of paper the same size of the id of the tank.

Bump: added some 1x's to the back of the stand and screwed on some shelving brackets to bring the light fixture up. Brought it up 6.5 inches from the top of the tank, par sensor is now reading around 75. i'll start with that.

added a sheet of frosted window tinting from Home Depot to the back.

drew out a simple layout on a sheet of paper the same size of the id of the tank.
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Dave, you got skills man. nice stand.


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Lookn good. Decide on substrate yet?


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thanks... i figure if my aquascaping skills fail i'll, at least, have a decent stand!
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[QUOTE=Willcooper;10007754]Lookn good. Decide on substrate yet?

not yet. i'm still debating on height and wrestling with whether or not i should layer. Plus i have an alqae outbreak in my 56 gal that i'm dealing with. did a 30% water change yesterday and today i have a gazillion little bubbles and algae breaking out everywhere. i'm not sure if the reason behind it is from cleaning my filter at the same time as the water change, moving my outtake next to my intake or switching from tap water to ro water. all of my water parameters are fine. i moved my outtake back a bit ago so, we'll see in the morning.
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