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56k warning! First(ish) attempt at a legit planted tank, tips?

Hi everyone! This is my first post here
So I've had this 55 gallon that I got off of CL 5 months ago. It was originally for my turtle. I rescaped it completely 3 times in the last 2 months. I finally feel like I completed it and I am ready to let it grow There are only Otos and Amano shrimp in there at the moment.


I need to take off this over spray from when I painted this tank...:

Close up of the Ryuoh stone:

Christmas tree moss tied with string:

Anubias and Dwarf hairgrass:

Poor plant which was partially devoured by a Crawfish:


Shrimp and Oto hard at work:


Koi fish and goldfish that used to be in this tank. I took them out because I was told that they would eat the shrimp. I may or may not put them back in(if I remove the shrimp, of course):


Light is two T5HO bulbs, a 6700k and a 10000k.
CO2 is fully automatic, set at 6.8 pH. The kH is 4, which gives me 19 CO2 ppm.
Filter is a Fluval 306 with Purigen and water polishing pads added.
In the future, I plan to add Lily pipes and a glass CO2 diffuser.
So is there anything I should do/not do? Any tips? Thanks!!!
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The 55 looks good. Can we have a picture of the stand? Don't burry the anubias' rhizome; well from the looks of it, it looks buried. I don't want the first person to take not of your goldfishes, but IMO 6g it's abit small for them. BTW I like your bottle collection

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I don't want the first person to take not of your goldfishes, but IMO 6g it's abit small for them.
That's a bit of an understatement. Goldfish of that size (and quantity) need 30+ gallons and heavy duty filtration, of which that little Fluval cannot provide.


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+1 to Pinneyboy. That tank is extremely overstocked.

But for your 55g I really like that driftwood on the left side of your tank. Seems a bit precarious though haha. How is it staying at that angle? Did you attach it to some slate? I would bury some of your rocks a bit so it looks more natural than just resting on top of your substrate. The middle of your tank is also extremely vacant. Any plans for things going there?

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