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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-28-2017, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Shady Garden, 20 Long, Start to success.

Decided it was time to do something peaceful and relaxing. Our local Petco has the $1 per gallon Dale going on, so it was time to tear down the 10g Betta tank and convert it into a 20gallon long, peaceful, bedside garden.

I had to move the pink and black Betta tank, put the blue Neocaridina Shrimp colony in it's place then start building while the inhabitants of the old Betta tank lived in a bucket for a few hours.

Tank size:
Aqueon, 20g, Long

Co2:
None


Lighting:
Marineland Day/Night LED. Purchasing the 24/7 planted by Finnex for this as well.


Filter:
Unknown Fluval Submersible filter.

Heater:
Unknown, 100w? Heater

Substrate:
20lbs of CaribSea Eco-complete planted substrate.
12lbs of Nat-Geo, Black Sand.

Hardscape:
1x 14 inch, S shaped piece of aged Driftwood.
1x 7 inch log with Anubias
2x Sandstone rocks
2x small Mopani wood chunks.


Plants:
5x small groupings of various Crypt plants
2x Crypt Spiralus
1x mystery sword
1x bolbitus pillar
Java Moss
Java fern


Fish:
5 Bronze Cory, Cordoras Aeneus
3 Butterfly Loaches
1 Betta Fish


Inverts and others:
1 Ghost Shrimp

Future plans:
Finnex 24/7 planted light on 24/7 mode.
School of pretty fish for my lovely girlfriend.
More Corys? Maybe some BN Plecos.. concerned on floor space however.
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Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-28-2017, 06:52 PM
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Looks like a good start.

May need to divert some of your aquarium budget into food and clothes though, looks like you're wasting away, and can't afford a shirt either


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Looks like a good start.



May need to divert some of your aquarium budget into food and clothes though, looks like you're wasting away, and can't afford a shirt either


Lol, nice start
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Looks like a good start.

May need to divert some of your aquarium budget into food and clothes though, looks like you're wasting away, and can't afford a shirt either
Haha!! That made my night. Even in the 4 NH weather, it gets hot working around the house.

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I'm envious... saw the $1 per gallon sale today and really wanted to pick up a couple 20 longs just to have them... but I really don't have anywhere to put them in the house to get them going. I thought about setting up a rack in my garage, but it probably gets near 100* in the summer.
I really like your scape. Once that sword gets going it may cause some problems lol!!

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Much appreciated. Haha, yes that sword was nearly dead only a month ago. It'll probably be swapped out for something else eventually.
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Hey everyone, it's been a while. here's an update on he 20g Long.

I've added a Hydor 240 powerhead and as of last night, added the Finnex 24/7 CC lighting. I absolutely love it!!

Current stocking is 4 Hillstream Loaches, 2 Male, 2 female; 6 Aneus Cory's, 4 male, 2 female; 2 Oto cats; 1 male clown pleco; 1 Betta; 1 Skunk loach that hitchhiked it's way into my QT tank on driftwood... Haha

Some of these will be rehomed or moved to other tanks soon.

There were two Blue eyed Bristlenose in here as well, however after a breif tangle with ICH, one of the blue eyes didn't make it (poor buddy.. rest easy) and the second is still living in QT.


Please note the pleco plush stuck to the mirror!!
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Shady Garden, 20 Long, Start to success. Now with Baby Corydoras!

Big News!!

My group of Corydoras Aeneus, spawned 6 days ago!

What I find fascinating is how it happened. Typically when breeding cory cats, a large, cool water change is performed after a period of "conditioning" with live, frozen, or otherwise high quality foods.

Here's how this spawn happened. We've had a string of weather in the 20s lately and had a, true to new england, oddball warm weather day in the 50s.

We opened up all the Windows in the house which is normally kept at 70, this tank in particular was at 80.

Within 5 minutes, I returned from another room to find my corys frantically placing eggs everywhere. (Breeding stopped when I disturbed them). After moving the resident Betta fish, i ran out to the store to acquire a 3 way breeder to allow for waterflow.

Upon returning from the store, my egg count had rose from approximately 15-25 eggs, to around 150. I rolled the eggs off the glass, using my thumb and placed them individually on the walls and floor of the breeder box, spacing them as to not pass any fungal or bacterial contamination.

I left about 50 eggs in the tank with the adults, and the rest were moved into the breeder.

4 days later, my dog woke me up early, so I checked the tank, to find the vast majority of the eggs in the breeder had hatched. I also witnessed the fry swimming through the cracks that the eggs couldn't fit through.

Using a turkey baster, I moved as many fry and unhatched eggs to a specimen cup with almond leaves, java moss and an airstone.

As of this morning, some fry have finished off the yolk and are foraging for food on the leaves, a miniscule amount of baby brine and a spec of New Spectrum Fry food.

Some eggs show no sign of going bad, but have yet to hatch.

A few things that suprised me:

My group of hillstream loaches, while always in the vicinity of the eggs, never ate any.

My Bristlenose never ate any eggs.

The parents never ate any eggs.

Other then that, my L010A , Red Lizard Catfish has been moved into the tank and I'm attempting to find more in my area.
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Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them
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Where the brave may live forever.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2018, 04:23 PM
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Nice!

I remember moving a silk plant from the 15G to a 20G Long (from a half-planted community with Panda Corydoras to a fry growout) only to find 7 or 8 juvie Cories in the 20G long a couple of months later. Had never seen them before then, never saw any eggs, but the only place they could've came from is the silk plant. None of the fry survived unfortunately, but it was cool to see them!

Loving the tank. Does the Betta have a name? :3
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added the Finnex 24/7 CC lighting. I absolutely love it!!
How do you like the light after having it for a month? Thinking of adding for my 20 Long. Did you adjust the brightness etc? Run on 24/7 mode? Gimme the details! Awesome tank
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