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New 20 gallon tank

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I've just done a new 20 gallon tank. Comments and advice is much appreciated.

It was very hard to get the fish to pose for me... finally gave up. This is the best I had.

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that looks real nice. it'll be real nice once it grows out.


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That driftwood is beautiful! What plants and fish do you have in the tank?
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There is actually 2 driftwood in there. One big, one small. The split is in the middle.

As for plants, rotala indica, macranda, macranda green, ludwigia arcuata, glosso, hairgrass, some 4 leave clover look-alike, ... etc. There is another forum that have comments that the tank has too many plant types. It is true, I am testing a few plants in here, going to remove if needed later.

There is also a temporary lily in there which I got from a lake on one of my travel trips. It wasn't doing well on my other low light tank, therefore moved here for a while before I re-plant in a new tank.

Thanks for your comments.
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That driftwood is beautiful! What plants and fish do you have in the tank?
The fish I believe it is false bleeding heart. There is a black molly in there to eat surface protein.

The algae control agents are :- otto, tiger snail, yamato.

Cherry shrimp and bee shrimp is in there too.
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Nice tank, the driftwood looks beautiful. Although I would first start off with fast growing plants.
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Wow that driftwood is amazing! The tank should look really nice once things start to grow and you get a background

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Ya, a background... I have been thinking about that but I am delaying as I have no time yet. Also, having no background now gives me a lot of options when taking photographs later.

Thinking about gradient light blue background but no time do one. Any ideas on how to make one like Amano tank's background. ;-)
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Any ideas on how to make one like Amano tank's background.
Dont know what he uses but Im sure its not cheap...LOL
There are gradient colored backgrounds available, most online dealers have them.
Nice sticks , is that java moss covering them ?
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Oh yeh... and as far as having too many varieties ? Dont worry about that.
Everyone has been guilty of that and I still am...
I just think its more fun to grow different plants Ive never tried. Some work and some dont... then you can decide what you like best and build around it.

Good looking start !
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A natural looking substrate an Amano would be wantin to take pics of it!!
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Finally, the water cleared somewhat. Algae broke loose after that, not sure if it is caused by accident during water change, causing base substrate to shoot out or lack of CO2 for the previous few days.

Most likely due to lack of CO2. Mix a batch again with new yeast/sugar and going to see progress. Looks like the nice green algae have almost dissappeared, only slight traces left, most probably due to yamato feasting on it. Anyway, here is the tank update, another angle, another stage, ... Algae War!!! :nervous:

Algae is black, hair like structure sticking to weeping moss. It has turned a little white after CO2 addition. Don't really know what type of algae is it yet. Have to do some research.

Anyway, here is the image.

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wow , that looks really nice, i used excel to get rid of my bba, but i think co2 should work to get rid of it
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That moss looks healthy and growing very nicely!
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Finally eliminated 99% of the algae. Tank looks like this now.


Over the past weeks, I have installed a cylinder CO2, a normal disfusser, and increased CO2 to about 30ppm.

I did not decrease lighting or stop fertilization. Dose some trace in fact at one time when I saw that plants stopped. After dosing trace, plants bubbles like crazy.

All these adjustment did not do much to the algae except stop it from growing. Finally put 10 SAE and over a period of 3-5 days, all algae is gone. Now, SAE is in my another tank, only left 2 in this one.

Now it remains to be seen if tank will sustain and not get algae. It will go through a testing period of 2 weeks without algae returning before I do rescaping and trimming.
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