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20gal. Tall, Journal - Retoid

This is the first planted tank I setup.
Currently using a single coralife 65W CF bulb, haggen diy co2 with extra cannister. Substrate is tahiti moon sand and some flourite in the back.






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what kind of moss is that? looks like taiwan.

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what kind of moss is that? looks like taiwan.
The lower centered moss is xmas but the other moss is maybe taiwan or java?
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The flourite on the moon sand looks great!

10 gallon.
20 gallon long low light garden.
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hehe thanks, it was actually placed far back but the shrimp, fish and current has naturally brought it forward over the moon sand.
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Love it! Good seletion of plants for a 20G.. nice work.. how long has it been running?

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Thanks, its been running for about 2 years, the first year and a half as a non planted tank.
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Took some new photos this morning.
I received my pressurized co2 equipment in the mail yesterday!



my temporary diffuser, I have a rhinox2000 coming in the mail that I won online for $6 and $6 shipping, not bad.






Oh, now that I have pressurized co2 I turned on my other bulb, so now it has 2x65W CF running on it. 130W on a 20gal. hehe. Exciting.
I've been dosing 1/8tsp. PMDD diluted in 250ml of water 2 times a week and that was doing the trick. I wonder if I will have to dose even more now with the extra light and co2.
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Pretty sure you won't want 6.5 wpg, I think you might turn your tank into an algae farm. 3.25 wpg is probably enough in my opinion.
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So I was completely suckered by my LFS to buying the more expensive light so they could make more money?

It can be balanced cant it?
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You could maybe do a burst of both lights for a couple of hours maybe, I'm not sure hopefully someone else more knowledgeable can chime in.
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is that a ball of HC growing there?
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Hi retoid, very nice tank. Can you post how long was your lighting period and what you CO2 level was when you were running the single 65W and diy CO2? I'm curious because I have a regular 20g with the same lighting (single 65W) and pressurized CO2.
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is that a ball of HC growing there?
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Hi retoid, very nice tank. Can you post how long was your lighting period and what you CO2 level was when you were running the single 65W and diy CO2? I'm curious because I have a regular 20g with the same lighting (single 65W) and pressurized CO2.
kH 3
pH 6.8 (buffered with baking soda)
co2 13-14 ppm
65W 9 hours a day.
20% water change weekly
I dosed excel and PPMD and added two flourish tabs
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Excellent. Thanks.
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