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20g Dwarf Puffer Biotope

I had a 10 gallon planted tank a couple years ago, that unfortunately needed to come down before I moved out of state. Now that I'm all settled, I'd like to get back into the hobby! I kept dwarf puffers briefly, and they were a delight <3 I'm hoping to try my hand at a biotope aquarium this time around.

I wanted to save up for a nice CO2 system, but that will be further down the road. For now, I'm just going to dose with Excel (+ dry or liquid ferts)...and maybe keep it that way if I don't end up needing anything more. Which I might not. I think I'd like the option of transitioning to a high-tech tank, but more realistically - I'm a poor grad student, ahah.

I would very much welcome any comments/suggestions/critiques/"Hey you missed this" Thanks for reading along!

Tank: 20 gallon long - 30.5"L x 13.125"W x 13.0"H
Canister Filter: I've used HOB filters previously, but want to try a canister filter this time. Tentatively considering an Eheim 2211 (Also looking at Hydor or Fluval - I'm open to recommendations!). Does anyone know the inflow and outflow dimensions of the Eheim 2211? I'm having trouble finding a definite number, for some reason.
Inline Heater: Hydor 200w
Lighting: Finnex Planted+ 24/7. I used the Planted+ on my previous tank, and it did a nice job - curious to try out the 24/7! It should be good enough for medium-light plants, yeah? About 10 inches above the substrate?
Substrate: EcoComplete or Flourite, approx. 30 lbs. (in red?), with Osmocote root tabs. Not sure if one would look better or more biotope accurate than the other.

Fauna: 3 - 4 dwarf puffers (one male and two or three females)
Flora: A lot. I think I had trouble with my last tank because I didn't have enough plants, and was too enthusiastic about dosing ferts.
Primarily plants of the Pamba River, if I can help it, but I ended up branching out a little.
A not-so-short list that I still need to narrow down:
Aponogeton undulatus
Cryptocoryne undulata
Cerotopteris pteridoides
Cabomba aquatica
Hygrophila corymbosa
Hygrophila difformis
Limnophila sessiliflora
Limnophila aromatica
Microsorum pteropus (java fern)
Nymphea stellata (dwarf lilly)
Rotala macrandra
Vesicularia dubyana (java moss)
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Ive got a 2213 on my 11.4 and the flow is a dribble. I can't imagine the 2211... other than that have you seen the little yeast DIY setup on Amazon for like $13?? Has a little flow valve and links up two 2 liter bottles. Couple that with a little Griggs reactor that you can DIY on the 2213 and you'll be in great shape. You'll just need to mix up a new yeast sugar batch every 2 weeks.
Rotala Macandra is very difficult. Even with perfect CO2 I hear many have problems with it. Ludwigia Ovalis gives some decent red and it's pretty hardy. Or if you're looking just for a stem that will grow nicely and densely Bacopa Caroliniana is a good one

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A bit delayed, but thank you for the feedback! I'll reexamine my filter choices and look into DIY CO2, for sure.


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