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My first serious planted tank 20gal

This tank was my first serious planted tank, setup about 2 months ago. I started with just the juwel 15w light but have since upgraded to a 3x24w T5 unit and have added DIY CO2. Filtration is the juwel internal filter

Inhabitants are:
a pair of apisto cacatuoides,
20 penguin tetras,
3 otocinclus,
1 farlowella whiptail catfish

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COCONUT!!!

Not bad Spud. I'm diggin the tank. If only moss could grow faster.

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If only moss could grow faster.
thats only been in for a week lol

that filter really is annoying me though...
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Nice, what's bothering you about the filter?

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Nice, what's bothering you about the filter?
Well it takes up valuable plant space lol! Also it makes it difficult to attach the stands for the lights, because the stand clips over the top of the glass, the filter prevents it from clipping on properly.
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Looks like your off to a great start. It looks very nice. You can hide the filter with plants as they grow out or if you have the cash get a canister type filter.

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if you have the cash get a canister type filter.
I'll start saving then, but those internal filters are a PITA to remove. i took the one out of my brackish tank yesterday and they are suck in with some sort of sticky pads. It took ages to remove!

does anyone know what the light green stem plant in the centre just right of the wood is?
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nice tank! its stunning... if your annoyed with filter why not look into getting some lily pipes? diy or bought...

YOU have advanced from nano's now i see

great job! ooo and whats the whiptail eat algea wize i think im gonna get a stick or two..

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Very nice! I'm about to set up my own 20G tall, in fact, some of the fish, the substrate, and the driftwood are going in tomorrow! One question, are there and problems with the Apistos attacking the tetras?

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One question, are there and problems with the Apistos attacking the tetras? Josh
i was going to ask the same thing... in my (little) experience with apistos they are not very nice guys.

the tank looks great! i'm going to be watching this one develop.
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Thanks for the kinds words so far!

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whats the whiptail eat algea wize
to be honest with you I really dont know! Ive had him for ages in another setup and he was getting on great but i moved him when i switched tanks.

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One question, are there and problems with the Apistos attacking the tetras?
I havent noticed any cross species agression, but the male was giving the female a hard time last night, and now i cant find her
I also lost an oto this morning with no apparent symptons. I know they have a high mortality rate when first introduced so I think it must be that.

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YOU have advanced from nano's now i see
I still do have 7 nanos under 2.5g in my room lol. As well as a 10g, 2 20gs and a 30g!
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a little move around:
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