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John's 20g - New Scape! [Update Mar. 11. 2006]

Well it has been about time since i've posted info on my aquarium, I decided this was the perfect time becuase I was just rescaping my tank this week changing back to the substrate I should of kept long ago! Shultz Aquatic Soil ...

Heres an overview of my tank:

Lighting: 65 watts, 6,700k @ 3.25wpg, 10 hours/day.
Filtration: Ehiem 2213 Classic
Substrate: Shultz Aquatic Soil
Equipment: 5lb Press. Co2, JBJ Regulator, 100watt Sub. Heater, Hagen Bubble Ladder
Plants: Eustralis stellata, Blyxa japonica, Crypt. wendtii green, Glossostigma, Baby tears, Pygymy chain swords, and Hygro. difformis.
Ferts: KH2PO4, K2SO4, KNO3, Flourish Excel, and Plantex CSM + B plus extra Iron.

Here are a couple pictures, I will update as time progress. For now, please enjoy and give suggestions that you think will benefit my planted tank.

*Note: I understand that there isn't any hardscape, as soon as I can get some manzanita branch driftwood I will add it to the tank.

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More pics!

These are photos of my past scapes.

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Looks promising, John! Glad you feel better about the substrate now I think this one will grow in very nicely!
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If your past tanks are any indication of how this one will turn out, then wow! Nice
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Out of curiosity, is your dosing regimen lighter now in the beginning stages? Reason I ask is because there's an obvious lack of plant load now, esp. compared to previous tanks.
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Appreciate for the comments.

The dosing regime that I did in the past is the same today, however I do not believe that the quantity of plants effects the amount of the dosing I do on each of my scapes. However plants do intend to use up nutrients, the more plants the faster the nutrients gets used up the less plants more nutrients is available.
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nice start. Maybe more plants? Could use some wood or rock though but I think you already know that. Sure it will look great once it grows in some.

Good luck.
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You are on your way again, John!

While I initially agree the aquarium could use some hardscape, I believe you have something in mind here as you work without rock or wood.

I am going to watch this closely.

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Oh I forgot to mention that this isn't a brand new scaped tank, i've grown lots of fast growers within the past 2 months and decided to limit my plants and as well as change the substrate.

As far as hardscape goes, I have yet to see what my tank gives me. As soon as it grows in, I will try to find wood pieces that will fit into the scape.
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Interesting technique, john. Mostly I've heard of setting up and planning the hardscape first to create symmetry, then planting around it. I appreciate how you give the plants priority!
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nice john! let me know when you want that ludwigia.


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Chad, I have decided that i'm going to pass on it for now. I really don't want to mess with the plants in my tank ... but maybe when I start on a 5.5g nano I will come back to you on it.
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Chad, I have decided that i'm going to pass on it for now. I really don't want to mess with the plants in my tank ... but maybe when I start on a 5.5g nano I will come back to you on it.
cool, good luck w/ this tank.


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judging from your past pics it looks to me like you know what you are doing. Nice job!
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Thanks Joe, I know some stuff but not everything.

Right now, I am having some problems with some of my blyxa, some of the leaves are starting to melt. Any recommendations to recover them?
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