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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2017, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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First fish tank, 20 gallon dirt.

I recently bought a ton of aquarium stuff off craigslist for 100 bucks, literally totes full of supplies, food, chemicals, lights, filters, etc. With a fully cycled 10 gallon with a bunch of fish(cories, rasboras, pleco). I decided I wanted something of my own and this is what I came up with.
I have 2 mature hob filters on it that I hope will cycle it fairly quickly. What am I looking at in terms of water clearing, cycle time, and stocking limits? I want to add any combination of rasboras, tetras, guppies, cories, and maybe a single fish of a specie that doesn't school?
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Day 1 (big ugly ball of hornwort off to the left, I heard it was good for new tanks?)
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Two weeks later added some more plants.
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I love those planted HOB's. What plants did you put in there and how did you secure them? What are you using to hold the moss on the outflow? Id love to set something like that up
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Ya that is actually pretty cool.....

Same questions as Dude.


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I love those planted HOB's. What plants did you put in there and how did you secure them? What are you using to hold the moss on the outflow? Id love to set something like that up
I'm just experimenting with the plants, couple of random house plants and some basil and oregano. The basil in my hob looks way better than my basil outdoors. They are set in something called matala, low density filter material. The moss is held in place with a stainless steel mesh that's just bent to follow the curve of the outflow.
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Couple more weeks, fish added for about two weeks, all parameters have been 0 even since adding quite a few fish.
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Started using pressurized co2 and my planted growth has sped up a bit, I still can't get HC to grow. My water parameters have been good considering I haven't done a water change I only top it off. 7 cories, 15 chili rasboras, 1 betta, 1 pleco.
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Planted a bunch of HC and also working on my photo skills.
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Wow that's looking excellent. Those chili rasboras are very nice..

You've managed to make it look far bigger than a 20 gal in these pictures. Great work!


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