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20 gallon planted tank

Day 1. Just got my tank wet after a ton of research.

20 gallon high tank, flu Cal 206, hydor in-line heater and in line atomizer. 20oz co2 tank with regulator.

Osmocote capped with Caribsea flora max and black sand.

Some off brand led from amazon.

Plants are Eleocharis acicularis, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne flamingo, Pogostemon erectus, Rotala rotundifolia Hygrophilia difformis, Java ferns windelov and Malaysian red, Bucephalandra green and mini brownie ghost.











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Very cool hardscape.
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Sweet plant list! Are you planning on sticking with Asian fauna?

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Day 1. Just got my tank wet after a ton of research.

20 gallon high tank, flu Cal 206, hydor in-line heater and in line atomizer. 20oz co2 tank with regulator.

Osmocote capped with Caribsea flora max and black sand.

Some off brand led from amazon.

Plants are Eleocharis acicularis, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne flamingo, Pogostemon erectus, Rotala rotundifolia Hygrophilia difformis, Java ferns windelov and Malaysian red, Bucephalandra green and mini brownie ghost.











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hi, like your tank.sweet and simple.

Wiil the wood be left as it is or any moss variety gonna be added to it?

i think fissidens or some Christmas moss will look great


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hi, like your tank.sweet and simple.

Wiil the wood be left as it is or any moss variety gonna be added to it?

i think fissidens or some Christmas moss will look great


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I'd like some fissidens eventually. I'm going to see if the Buce and Windelov take over and covers it.

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Sweet plant list! Are you planning on sticking with Asian fauna?

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That's mostly the plan. Not quite sure yet though. I'm a sucker for the Blue-eyed Rainbows Pseudomugil Gertrudae.
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Love the centerpiece. Lots of great detail and a nice opening for fish to swim through.


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I agree, that wood piece is fantastic! Is it real wood, and if so, natural or carved? No matter if it's natural or carved, or not even real wood, it looks great! I like the way you have the Java fern placed on it. I wouldn't cover it up with a whole lot of moss or other plants, because it's very dramatic with the structure showing. Also, it's the perfect size for that aquarium, the tank frames it very well.

Great job, can't wait to see it grown in and "matured"!

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Itís a resin decoration from Petsmart that I removed the fake plants from. I saw it and had to grab it. I wish it was real though. It would have more surface area.

I guess itís cycled? Tested yesterday with the results below:

pH: 6.8
KH: 4
GH: 8
Ammonia: 1ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm

Today
pH: 6.8
KH: 5
GH: 8
Ammonia: .25ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5ppm

What do you guys think? I know that plants speed up the cycle. Didnít know that it would this much.


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Itís a resin decoration from Petsmart that I removed the fake plants from. I saw it and had to grab it. I wish it was real though. It would have more surface area.

I guess itís cycled? Tested yesterday with the results below:

pH: 6.8
KH: 4
GH: 8
Ammonia: 1ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm

Today
pH: 6.8
KH: 5
GH: 8
Ammonia: .25ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5ppm

What do you guys think? I know that plants speed up the cycle. Didnít know that it would this much.


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Good choice, nabbing the faux driftwood and removing the plastic plants; I've done that with decůr before. Even though it's resin, it looks natural and great, and will only look better with real plants growing on it.

I doubt your tank has truly cycled yet. I don't see where you have any fish yet; what ammonia source are you using? Are you adding any beneficial bacteria products? The usual order of readings is high ammonia, then the ammonia level goes down and the nitrite spikes, then that goes down and you're left with nitrate. I don't see any nitrite in your readings. Plants will take in some ammonia and then some of the nitrates, but without being very heavily planted and the plants well established, the plant uptake will be negligible, so you should still see the three steps in order, but you have to have an ammonia source to begin with. Adding beneficial bacteria to the tank in some form will speed up the cycle and keep spikes at a minimum, which is preferable if you have fish in the tank, and water changes will help keep toxicity low during the process, but if you have no animals in the tank, you needn't worry about spikes and should take advantage of them to monitor the progress of the cycle.

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Good choice, nabbing the faux driftwood and removing the plastic plants; I've done that with decůr before. Even though it's resin, it looks natural and great, and will only look better with real plants growing on it.

I doubt your tank has truly cycled yet. I don't see where you have any fish yet; what ammonia source are you using? Are you adding any beneficial bacteria products? The usual order of readings is high ammonia, then the ammonia level goes down and the nitrite spikes, then that goes down and you're left with nitrate. I don't see any nitrite in your readings. Plants will take in some ammonia and then some of the nitrates, but without being very heavily planted and the plants well established, the plant uptake will be negligible, so you should still see the three steps in order, but you have to have an ammonia source to begin with. Adding beneficial bacteria to the tank in some form will speed up the cycle and keep spikes at a minimum, which is preferable if you have fish in the tank, and water changes will help keep toxicity low during the process, but if you have no animals in the tank, you needn't worry about spikes and should take advantage of them to monitor the progress of the cycle.

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I donít have any animals in there yet. No critters yet.

Here are my params before and after a 50% water change.

pH: 6.8 pre to 6.6 post
KH: 3 both
GH: 7 both
Ammonia: .5 to .25
Nitrite: 1 to .5
Nitrate: 20 to 10



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Not sure what Iím going to put in this tank. Iím torn between a school of Chili Rasboras or a school of blue eye rainbows.


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Day 1. Just got my tank wet after a ton of research.

20 gallon high tank, flu Cal 206, hydor in-line heater and in line atomizer. 20oz co2 tank with regulator.

Osmocote capped with Caribsea flora max and black sand.

Some off brand led from amazon.

Plants are Eleocharis acicularis, Cryptocoryne undulata, Cryptocoryne flamingo, Pogostemon erectus, Rotala rotundifolia Hygrophilia difformis, Java ferns windelov and Malaysian red, Bucephalandra green and mini brownie ghost.











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