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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2018, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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01 High tech 20 photo heavy

Thought I'd give one of these a try.
Partly a documenting method, but mostly looking forward to hearing from the great community here with any comments/suggestions.

Boring stuff first:

20 gal high 24x12x16"

Lights:
-24" Ray2
-12" 16W WavePoint 10000K
-glass hood under WavePoint (relevant to section)

Filter:
-Quiet Flow 30, ~200 GPH
-Marineland bonded filter pad

Co2:
-Amazon: Pro Co2 regulator
-24 oz paintball tank with adapter

Plants:
-Rotala Rotundafolia.
-pogostemon helferi
-ludwigia repens
-staurogyne repens
-myrio green
-wisteria
-bacopa monnieri
-cryptocoryne wendetii bronze
More later!

Fauna:
-2 otos
-2 ghost shrimp

Ferts:
ADA Amazonia substrate
Modified seachem dosing sched for 20 gal
.9 mL Flourish x2
2 mL Fe x4
3.3 mL K x2
2.5 mL P x2
1.3 mL N x1 --> x3 (2-8-18)
*Subject to change

12-3-17
So it begins! Yes, that is the bottom of a milk jug on the right, behold the brilliance.


12-9-17
Monte carlo didn't survive massive melting. Beginning of diatoms


1-4-2018
The survivors of the 'melt down', caused by extremely high nitrite levels during fishless cycle.


1-10-18
The good: Filled in with ADA Amazonia. I've never had anubias nana grow new leaves before, let alone 3 developing leaves in a week. No new plants yet!
The bad: Diatom explosion, hail hydra over everything, other less bothersome pests seen. Gave up on the tiny patch of monte carlo still left in bottom left.


1-20-18
Thoroughly cleaned filter, replaced 1 of the two pads --> huge drop in diatoms + the downfall of the tyrannical hydra (otos are nice and fat though). P. helferi arrived in poor condition but is showing slow recovery on 80%


It looks crap now while the general scape is figured out. Going to try a dutch-esque approach, I'd like to grow as many plants as realistically possible.

See a new leaf growing.
Can't help smiling.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2018, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Good growth from rotala. Maybe a calcium defiency. Added ludwigia peruensis, anacharis, pearlweed, lamandau mini purple, and alternanthera reinecki.

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Good work Noob!!!
I think this will come along quite nicely mate! Looking forward to following along as this all fills in!
I think I should get to cleaning my filter quick smart as well, the thing must be disgusting now!!!


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Midway through trimming realized I should show how much growth occurs once the plants get closer to the light.


2-8-18
Did I mention i trimmed? First large trim. Some for maintenance, some preemptively to prevent future problems. The lower leaves on ludwigia repens had a lot of GSA from an experimental period. The other lower leaves were removed because they were old leaves that hadn't transitioned to their new tank.
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False pearling after PWC. Not too much to say besides good growth.
Some issues with new rotala growth. Appears to be resolving itself.

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How did you set up the co2 system and how much did it cost?

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How did you set up the co2 system and how much did it cost?
I'm using a 24 oz paintball tank, adapter, a co2 regulator/solenoid (comes with 10 ft of co2 tubing), Fluval bubble counter, suction cups (duh), 2 check valves (tank to bubble counter; bubble counter to regulator), and a glass co2 diffuser. All amazon bought, I'll include most of the links below as a reference.

Total I believe everything cost ~$75 if I remember correctly. No leaks to report, easy to set up/modify, and great IMO for my first attempt at co2 injection. I'm not concerned with the "end of tank co2 dump", I will refill it before that happens.

Oh, $5 co2 refills at Dicks sporting goods. Keep the box they give you, every 5th refill is free. Haven't had to refill yet, about halfway through, but I run with ~3-4 bubbles per second in a 20 gallon. Some might consider that overkill in a 20 gallon, but I have a large filter and good water flow. Running the suggested 1ish bub/sec for a 20, the paintball tank could last well over a year.

regulator:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

adapter:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

diffuser:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Sorry for the lengthy post.
The diffuser needs to be cleaned now that I think about it.

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