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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Talking sarahbobarah's 20Long!!!

It's here! I finally have the tank I've been waiting for since last JUNE!!!

A 20 Long....



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And now, the 24 hour leak test......
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 01:53 AM
 
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I love those pieces of driftwood. It should all look great once it fills out with plants.

What are those grassy looking plants at the front?

What lighting will you have on this tank?
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Nice start.
You tank is just BEGGING for some kind of background though.


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The grassy stuff lileopsis - microsword.

Thanks, I like the driftwood too.

And as for lighting.... I'm tempted to just let it get sunlight. I'm not sure how much sunlight it gets, so we'll see.


I won't need a background once the plants fill in.
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Will the swords survive with just natural sunlight?

Also, what kind of substrate are you using?

P.S im asking cos youre tank is similar in size to mine, and you seem to know what youre doing, so i might be able to get some hints and tips from you.
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I dunno, I'd rethink the whole sunlight idea.
You might find yourself in algae city pretty quick.


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I am anxious to see it after the water clears up. The first picture of just the wood was nice. Looked like you were in a canyon.
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Looks great. Post some pictures when you have everything situated -- I'd love to see!
Btw, you have a similar tank to mine, only mine is a 20-H (24" long). Is the 20-L 30" long? Nice pieces of wood. Those would look great covered in java moss and/or petite nana...maybe some java fern attached in the back.

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sunlight and algae aren't ALWAYS synonymous. take a look here and read about sunlight in "natural" or "walstead" tanks. I've never done it, and won't pretend I have, but it appears that it's very plausible to have a tank that's lit by direct sunlight from a window, and have success. great start, sarah! looking foward to seeing the tank progress.

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Nice start Sarah. Love the wood! If you do decide to go the 'sunlight' route, let us know how it progresses.

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Might have to join the other community just to see other peoples experiances with sunlight. I have to admit it is an attractive idea.

The bug is currently biting me hard to make more tanks.... I am trying to resist it for now. Lighting is just such a large cost to setting up a new tank (especially when you have two aquariums sitting empty (nothing but the glass, no stand or filter). If I could stock with my own plants, put on a hob, diy stand (current stand is a diy) and use natural lighting I just might be able to afford it.

Really want to see updates on how this tank goes if you go natural lighting.

Oh, great link - currsus, now have another forum and theory to grok.

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jgc, no kidding lighting is a big part of setting up a tank. We got bit by the marine bug after a short journey through planted tanks (dont get me wrong, I still maintain two decent planted tanks) and our electric bill is astronomical.

I have a tank (10 gal) that has two 20W PC screw in bulbs but during the day, the sunlight hits it just right so that you cant really tell the bulbs are on or not. I do have a bit of an algae problem, but there are other reasons for that.

Good luck, I love the layout of the tank.
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JGC, I'm already in that forum, and a lil familiar with the walsted tank theories. Though I don't grok them, I'm learning.
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I had my 30 gallon sitting in the sun for years. I never had any additional algae, and the plants on that side of the tank grew great! Not to mention, the sun came through the windows right about the time of my blackout, so it gave an awesome look to the fish and the plants, under the natural light. It just isn't the same with NO's or PC's.


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we have written about algae and sunlight on this board too.
my tank sat in an east facing window all summer and it didn't have much of an algae problem.
kinda funny the same day you posted this I was going to get a 20 gallon long at Petsmart. I didn't though cause this fish thing is getting out of hand
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