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I noticed my 29's silicon failing this morning...

So I moved everything into a 20 long.


Who says neons don't school well?

I need more plants. So far it's just Java Ferns and Bolbitis.

Ideas and opinions are very welcome.

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Very solid move. I love tanks that don't require trimming. Great placement on everything. Looks like you got the Co2 cranking right away...
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Looks good. It might look good wig a carpet plant too. It looks somewhat like I invasion a possible scape for my 20long. Wih a carpet plant and a "bush" of DW on the left side sticking our of the water a bit maybe with emerged plants on the part. With ferns growing in the DW.




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I think It looks even better in the 20g, It seems to take up more of the tank space and look more filled. If you were to take a very cropped fts the tank would look very large. I think a nice, dense staurogyne repens carpet would look great. Im really liking the tank better after the move...and you know how much I liked the old setup!

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Thanks guys! I actually just tossed my tropica 049. It wasn't really what I thought is was going to be. I am however considering a Marsilia carpet(or maybe DHG).

Here's the FTS (still looks way too empty)


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I think that the marsilia's leaves might be too big, it might not look as good as something with smaller leaves IMO, but its your tank do whatever you want .

Also, Once your fish start to swim around a little bit more, it will look a little better, and not like it's missing something. I just did a major rescape and substrate change on my 29g (luckily mine is still standing unlike yours :P ) and my fish are all hiding right now.

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It needs lily pipes, that's what it needs Or something to hide the pipes and wiring in the background. Tank looks good and very minimalist.
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Really like the move you made!


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I think that the marsilia's leaves might be too big, it might not look as good as something with smaller leaves IMO, but its your tank do whatever you want .

Also, Once your fish start to swim around a little bit more, it will look a little better, and not like it's missing something. I just did a major rescape and substrate change on my 29g (luckily mine is still standing unlike yours :P ) and my fish are all hiding right now.
Hey, I might try something else. What about glosso?
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It needs lily pipes, that's what it needs Or something to hide the pipes and wiring in the background. Tank looks good and very minimalist.
Ya, some pipes would be cool. You know once I got some lilly pipes, then you'd be telling me to loose the rim. Hey! I used to live on Whidbey Island. I miss WA.
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Really like the move you made!
Thanks, I always thought I might do better with a 20long.We'll see I guess.

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Here's the FTS (still looks way too empty)
But kind of in a good way . . . I really like off-center scapes balanced with a large open space. If I ever manage to end up with thin sticks instead of solid stumps I'm so gonna do one like this!!!


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Sometimes the negative space is a good thing. Sometimes not. I'm more concerned about needing more plants to help fend off algae at this point.

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Nice job dude, you've used the space well. The wood has a lot of depth for the minimal space front to back. It has a real nice flow.
I'm looking forward to seeing it progress, it's an awesome start & it only looks bare to you because you just started it


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I'm more concerned about needing more plants to help fend off algae at this point.
I'll agree with that, get some quick skinny stems in & remove them if you haven't fully decided yet.
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I love this tank and think it's just beautiful.
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What happened to the cyperus helferi OP? Didn't like it huh? If you need more, lemme know.

I like the new tank alot better as well. Nice job.


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Thanks for the encouragement everyone.

Speedie, I liked it very much actually. I either killed it or covered it in bba. I still have a couple that survived. Wouldn't they get too tall for just a foot high tank?

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