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20g Long - First high-light setup

Here is the progress so far:

Bought a used 65W PC light with dual daylight bulb, and got a free 20gL that had been suffering from thread algae. I vowed to turn the tank around and make it a successful planted tank.


Setting it up:

Eco-complete substrate



added the plants that came with it, and added my power sweep as the filter.



I put it next to my desk to keep me calm when doing stressful things like paying bills and what not







The cloud cleared up over night:



I scaped the best I could, but the plants were suffering and I had to chop toss that large mass of jmoss because it was infested with algae.



The tank is home to my 2 C.irrubesco males:





I picked up some more plants today (fresh ludwigia, threw out the old ones) etc..

So here is the tank as of right now... more updates to come

The aponogeton's are flowering like mad (I may try pollinating them to see if I can get them to produce seeds). The dwarf lillies need to have the surface leaves trimmed as well.




The cabomba I bought today is too big, but I want it to get established in the tank before I start chopping it up.

Can't wait for the ludwigia to fill in and make it's presence known!

Here are my stats:

GH - 11

KH- 8

PH- 7.4

I'll do a nitrate test later.

2 DIY C02 nutrafin systems, only one in use.

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Looks like a nice resurrection. Keep us updated.


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Do you have confidence in the piece of furniture that is holding the tank?


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Do you have confidence in the piece of furniture that is holding the tank?
yes I do. It's a tank stand from petco, and I sat on it to test it out after I put it together. Doesn't wobble thankfully

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Looks like a nice resurrection. Keep us updated.

Thanks, it's not where I want it to be yet, but I may need another 65w light for my vision. I want to cover the DW in riccia.

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Maybe some co2 and fert should control the algae?

One month in.
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Maybe some co2 and fert should control the algae?
Exactly what I was thinking. I don't think the previous owner was dosing ferts, and he gave me one of the diy co2 systems, and said he only used it for a week.

My dry ferts came in yesterday and I made the solutions yesterday morning. While I waited for the ferts to arrive (the tank had been setup for about a week already), I only used 2 normal t5 bulbs to keep the plants alive. Today though, I decided it would be best to throw out the wisteria and ludwigia with algae on it and buy new plants.

My nitrates yesterday (before using the bright light) were at 20. I'll test it again today (after two full days of 65w light) to see how much the plants have eaten, especially since today I added a lot of new plants.

I need an ID on a couple of the plants I bought I'll post that in a seperate thread.

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