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First tank journal! (Plant ID please)

Tore down this tank a couple weeks ago. Didn't know what I was doing when I originally put it up. Hence the rebuild. Basically all the knowledge I have of tanks came from this forum and there's too many people that have helped me out. So thank you guys! (you know who you are) please feel free to share your opinions, or criticize what I'm doing. I like to hear feedback.



TANK: 20gal high

SUBSTRATE: MGOCPM(mineralized) with black sand cap(added laterite, potash and dolomite to dirt)

LIGHTIG: two Finnex Fugeray-R

HEATER: Hydor 200 watt inline heater

FILTER: eheim 2213 classic

HARDSCAPE: some driftwood and lava rock

PLANTS: rotala, ludwigia, java fern, java moss, red tiger lotus, dwarf hair grass, bronze and green crypts, water wisteria, frogbit, and possibly some more in the future

FISH: 4 oto cats, 3 peppermint tetras, 2 fancy guppies, 1 zebra loache, 2 amano shrimp. Probably gonna get some Cory cats or shrimp and more tetras.

I can only upload 1 pic per post with my phone so sorry about that. These are the pics so far and sometime this week I can hopefully get to planting!


Here's the dirt with sand bordering the front and sides.
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Here's the hardscape. Not filled with water yet so open to feedback
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Here's where the new plants and my plants from the old setup are waiting. Looks funny
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Here's the fishies! Tank has been up for 4-5 months so it's cycled and fairly established. Set the tank solely for keeping the fish during the rebuild.
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Scape looks fantastic... since you are in the position is there any carpet plants that can be grown emersed in the new tank?

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Here's the hardscape. Not filled with water yet so open to feedback
This looks really cool, I'm interested to see how it looks planted.

I also like the use of the spatula, though if you flipped it 180* I think it might flow better. haha.


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Jonnyboy, looks good! Can't wait to see the plants in it!


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Scape looks fantastic... since you are in the position is there any carpet plants that can be grown emersed in the new tank?
Thanks! I'm just glad I can finally rebuild this tank haha
I have some DHG that may go somewhere. Carpet plants will be added if there's room for it. Am also looking into HC in some spots. HC won't grow as tall so I like that idea better than the DHG


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This looks really cool, I'm interested to see how it looks planted.

I also like the use of the spatula, though if you flipped it 180* I think it might flow better. haha.
Dude....what if I used a wooden one?! Lmao


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Must say I wish I had more small plants. But overall I'm happy with how it looks and can't wait for it to grow in
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Oh yeah...the big ugly rock on the driftwood is simply holding it down for now. On e I can remove the rock it will reveal a couple java ferns.

And in the next pic my camera doesn't do the lava rock justice. There's way more blue coloring in than its showing.
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Looks good, it will look awesome once that rock is moved as well!


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Sorry to whoever may have been waiting for an update. Took almost two months for that hunk of driftwood to sit by itself without the Frikken eyesore on it. Still very little algae! A little on the glass and some in the dhg which was already there.

Got some new fishes too! 4 Cory cats, 6 neons, 1 farlowella, and 3 turquoise dwarf gourami. Still have 4 oto cats, my loache and 3 peppermint tetras to add this weekend. Letting the new guys get adjusted and comfortable in The tank first.

Running two fugeray ray-r fixtures 8hrs a day with a 1hr siesta. Only excel every other day. Dirt seems to be keeping the plants happy. Oh and I took the floaters out. They kinda make a mess.

Added the reddish bunches in the middle area. Anyone know what they are? They looked more appealing to me over the water wisteria.
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The girlfriend got her heart set on the gouramis.
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Looking great! Loving the scape, it looks really clean right now
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