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20 gallon long Walstad

My first attempt at a dirted planted tank. I used ~1.75 inches of Scott's miracle grow organic potting soil capped by at least 1 inch of pea gravel. That day I fully planted it with: swords, dwarf sag, crypts, Java Fern, anubias, vals, rotala, cabomba, frog bit and some other unknowns. It was fitted with a eheim heater, a 30" finnex 24hr planted led, and an aqueon hob from a 29gal with only filter cloth. A bout 2 weeks in a air pump and stone were added to aid in circulation and oxygen levels. Fish are currently colubbian spotted pleco (sailfin), ~15 wild caught orangethroat and greenthroat darters, and 2 rainbowfish.

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Looking forward to following this tank. Have you considered tying moss to the branch? Might look cool.

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Awesome to see someone else here with darters! I have a 20 gallon full of rainbow darters. Very cool little fish.


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Looking forward to following this tank. Have you considered tying moss to the branch? Might look cool.

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I had some moss hitch a ride on some plants, I think it's Xmas moss, it would look nice on the wood

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Awesome to see someone else here with darters! I have a 20 gallon full of rainbow darters. Very cool little fish.
Yep they are exciting fish to have, caught these myself in the South Llano in Texas.

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Looking good.
Some "unknowns" plants I see are water sprite and hornwort, both are good plants to have.

I know nothing about darters - do they need a heater?
Enjoy!

Bump: is that an anubias front left? Their rhizomes need a decent water circulation and tieing it to a rock or driftwood would be a better way to plant them.

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Going to need another 1/2 maybe even an inch of pea gravel. Dirt is a serious pita like this. It will slowly seep up through the gravel and create volcano like mounds randomly. One good swipe of a tail and its dust in the wind.
Looks amazing, love natural looking tanks.
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Looking good.
Some "unknowns" plants I see are water sprite and hornwort, both are good plants to have.

I know nothing about darters - do they need a heater?
Enjoy!

Bump: is that an anubias front left? Their rhizomes need a decent water circulation and tieing it to a rock or driftwood would be a better way to plant them.
Yep forgot about those plant.

They don't need a heater just want to be able to keep a variety of fishes.

I left the rhizomes above the substrate in an area of higher flow but I may move some to the wood with the moss.

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Going to need another 1/2 maybe even an inch of pea gravel. Dirt is a serious pita like this. It will slowly seep up through the gravel and create volcano like mounds randomly. One good swipe of a tail and its dust in the wind.
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Yeah I put the soil in wet so alot of the gravel sank. I've been adding some gravel here and there, one thing I wish I could redo.

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Traded out the rainbows for 8 pristella tetras and a pair of apistogramma cacatuoides

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