I just set up my 20G tonight. After a 5-6 year hiatus from fish keeping, which I was a novice at to begin with. This is definitely my heaviest planted tank. I thought back in the day my tank with 5-6 sag, some wisteria and a java fern was planted. Ha!
I just got this sucker up and running today.. and oh my... Murphy must be my middle name. I got my hard scape up and planted the plants (which was a PITA because my tissue culture of repens came 50% dead... so I was stuck planting individual stems, baby ones) which in turn when my rocks shifted during fill up and moved the soil, uprooted all my repens and I had to drain and start over.. and reinforce my hard scape some more... let’s hope it sticks this time.
Take it easy on me, this is really my first aquascape, haha. And since my hard scape arrived late I had to rush so my plants didn’t die and do it all today!
Without further stalling, I’ll list out my equipment and etc for you:
Nuvo Black 20 (24x15x13)
IM APS Nuvo 20 stand
Fluval E100 heater
Fluval sponge, bio max, fluval polishing pad
Chihiros A601 LED
Eco 66 power head (bought in case I needed more flow in tank, have yet to install)
2L ADA Power Sand Special - S
10-11L ADA Amazonia
Crypt Axelrodi (left mid)
Crypt wendtii brown (central mid/rear)
Crypt lucens (right mid)
That is about it for now. I will update tomorrow.
Tomorrow I have manzanita wood coming, which I’m going to play with. I feel like it could still work in the tank, but I may ditch it and add another stone behind the smaller rock in the middle to add more depth. Undecided... opinions?
Manzanita with Christmas moss or add another stone?
The Crypts are difficult to see right now because the small size, with any luck this will grow in how I imagine and peek over the rocks.
Monday or Tuesday the rest of my plants should arrive, they are as follows.. along with my idea of placement:
Crypt balansae (rear left/left-middle rear)
Hygro pinnatifida (rear right)
Purple Blue Buce (somewhere on rocks?)
Red Mini Buce (somewhere on rocks?)
Christmas moss (on manzanita or some rock?)
Dwarf sag (I have no idea?)
Utricularia Gramonifola (foreground left-foreground mid)
I’d love any opinions or advice!
Also, should I order more repens? Or do you think that’s plenty to get it going!?
I’m going to be dosing excel and thrive, while starting on a 5 hour photo period. I’m currently running the light at 4/7 power, this thing is SUPER bright... I may drop it to 3/7. Any input is welcome!
Stocking is obviously a ways away, I’ll be following the ADA procedures for water changes.
Week 1: Daily 50%
Week 2: Every other day 50%
Week 3: 2x a week 50%
Thanks for looking guys!
I’ll keep updating as I go!