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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-13-2017, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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20 gallon long low tech dirted tank

So as my first real aquascape and planted tank I am going to monitor it's progress with photos. I have soil capped with about an inch of sand (I would have put more but I didn't have any more) that I collected from the river about 6 months ago. I have one piece of driftwood, one flower pot as a cave and many river rocks. I don't know what type of plants I have other than the Java moss. I'm running the original light that I got with the used 20 gallon long tank that I have and an hob filter rated for up to 40 gallons. Stocking is:
3 Corydoras
3 white cloud mountain minnows

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Congratulations on your first planted tank! Am I seeing that you have some plastic plants mixed in? What else can you tell us about the light that you are using?

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Congratulations on your first planted tank! Am I seeing that you have some plastic plants mixed in? What else can you tell us about the light that you are using?
The plastic plants will be removed once the plants take root and start to fill out the tank a little better. All that I know about the light is that I got it with the hood from an old broken 40 gallon tank that a friend had sitting around.

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I would remove the plastic plants- they are just a place for algae to grow.
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New growth has showed up on the taller small leaved plants. New growth is significantly lighter, as you can see in the third fourth and fifth pictures. My cories seem to have developed some red in their gills since last night. Water changes have been 50% twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays). During my water change today I will be trying to pull the plastic plants without loosing my sand cap over the soil.

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Enjoy these obnoxiously close pictures of random parts of the tank my favorite is the guppy waving

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New growth is starting to pop up out of the sand! This was the best picture I could get, so exciting though.

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