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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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Wink Daleo's Planted 20L

This is my 20 long. I have a lot of easy to keep plants and a very basic setup.

Lighting: 2 bulb T5NO with individual reflectors
Filtration: Tetra whisper 20-40g

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Please give me feedback!! I am new to FW planted, but I have been keeping 34g reef tank for 2 years. Next week I get a 70w metal halide.
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do you have co2?


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Nope. I thought about it. Maybe down the road.
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I'm no expert. But you may have to much light then


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Did you de-rim your tank and if so, does it bow much?
I agree with Bob. 70 watts over a 20long with easy to grow plants without co2 sounds like too much light. That and it might make a spotlight effect unless you hang the light a good distance from the tank.

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Yes I de-rimmed it. It does not bow at all. Right now the plants look kinda brown and crappy. I was thinking it was due to too little light since I have 2 bulb T5NO on there now.

I am going to place the halide (when I get it) like 20+ inches above the waterline so that it covers the whole tank and the light is less intense. What are the consequences of too much light?
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That white and gen plant is not aquatic.its a house plant....


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Ya, I know now... Darn petco bullhockey. I have 3 types of houseplants in this aquarium. I'll keep it for kicks now, but I'll probably yank it out once it no longer looks good.

BTW my goal for this tank is to have a heavily planted tank for dwarf puffers, so if you have any suggestions to achieving my goal as easily as possible please let me know. Will DIY help with the high lighting?
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If you have too much light you can get bad algae.


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Lol I come over here from N-R, click on a random thread, and I see your tank again! :P

High five for DIY de-rimming!

That flat rock on the top of the cave in the middle looks like it's going to fall any second, is it secure?
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Dwarf puffers are brackish type fish if im not mistaken. There are very few plants that will do well in brackish conditions.

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I kept a figure 8 puffer in freshwater for a long time with no problem. as for light, those T5 lights will grow the plants fine. I'll let everyone else knock you for the 70W MH idea. You'll need it three feet above the tank, and at that point, it will be more of a room light. With either light, CO2 and fertilizers are a very good choice.

The rock cave is cool, but do make sure to secure the pieces together with silicone or some non-toxic epoxy.
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Dwarf puffers are brackish type fish if im not mistaken. There are very few plants that will do well in brackish conditions.
You are mistaken. Dwarf puffers ( a species, not a group) is a freshwater fish. There are other small species of puffers that are brackish, but dwarf puffers are not brackish


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Lol I come over here from N-R, click on a random thread, and I see your tank again! :P

High five for DIY de-rimming!

That flat rock on the top of the cave in the middle looks like it's going to fall any second, is it secure?
Lol!!!! Yoshi.

That rock is somewhat secure. I have had it there for a week and it has not fallen yet. It is wedged between the rock under it and the filter. De-rimming the tank was easy to do, but took forever to scrape off all the silicone.

EDIT: so i decided the halide is going on my reef tank that I am setting up for college as long as you think 2 T5NO bulbs with individual reflectors is sufficient.
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Been looking at CO2 units. The fluval 88g looks nice and affordable. May do CO2. IDK yet. I still have to pay to get my favorite part of the tank, my dwarf puffers!
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