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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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My 20 Gallon Long

Hello this is my first post but I have been reading this forum for over a year..eventually I will indulge in an all ADA setup and this tank is more or less a test run...thank you to many on this site who I have learned so much from in my readings. Stats and more info to come...still trying to learn how to take good shots with my digital..


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Gorgeous growth on the left side there - is that Wisteria? It really makes a nicely shaped bush!

Your 20L looks lovely! Very well done!

Did you have anything in mind for the foreground, or were you going to leave it open?


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Thanks for the response! You are correct with the Wisteria call....as far as the foreground is concerned I had intitially planted glosso and found that my 1 hagen ladder DIY CO2 wasn't enough to keep it compact and growing successfully so I decided to take it out and put a few stones and pebbles arounf the foreground instead. The picture doesnt due it justice, but it looks better in person. Since then I have added a 2nd Hagen ladder and have seen dramatic improvement in my plant growth. I am toying with the idea of planting HC but am afraid my CO2 still wont be quite as consistant as I would need to grow it. I am also intigued with the idea of adding ADA Nile River Sand to the foreground but am also concerned about algae growth on the sand and its overall sloppiness. Thanks again for your response, as I have read many of your posts over the past year or so!

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You should try HC if you find it and it isn't too pricey - I bet you could do it!

Here's a 15 gallon of mine that I had set up with one DIY CO2 bottle diffused through a internal Fluval filter that was basically just a powerhead that chopped up the bubbles:



This was a collectoritis tank that had about 20 species in it at one point, but you can see the HC growing nicely on the right. Took awhile for it to thicken up, but it got there! The substrate was red flint gravel mixed with flourite, and that was heavy enough to hold it down. I had a 65 watt retrofitted PC light and I was horrible about adding ferts - pretty much just did a single EI dose every two or three weeks when I did water changes. I used some Excel on it too, HC likes the Excel a lot.


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jen- if I can get my hands on some HC I might give it a go...hopfully planting it with water in the tank wont be as hard as im imagining it to be! I dose seachem products already and have plenty of excel to help with the DIY CO2..I def think an HC foreground would take my landscape to another level. Thanks for your advice.
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is wisteria the common name of hygrophilla difformis?

a great bush there, i'm sure it needs a lot of planting and trimming. great job.


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is wisteria the common name of hygrophilla difformis?
Yes it is

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Nice looking tank Glad to see another Wisconsinite here! If you're ever looking for some more plants just drop me a PM, I usually have lots of clippings.


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Rupey, thats awesome thanks for the heads up on the clippings...and ditto on the pack!

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sirdude2,

Normally I am a foreground plant advocate, but I think you have pulled off a very nice look without it. I think it looks great.

What I want to know is how in the world did you get that wisteria go grow so uniformly? Do you trim it a certain way or anything?

Your tank looks very good. I'll bet a small amount of dwarf sags on the right hand side in the front would look good as well as some stems in the back around the area of your showing intake tube for the filter (thats showing).

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Very nice. Can't wait to see it in person, and I just may have some extra HC for you!
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I like the overall look of the tank, not to crowded or to many different plants.

It looks like a lot of filtration. I thought plants were a natural filter so less filtration was needed and that to much bioligical filtration added to the tank wasn't a good thing.

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Cool tank, minimal, but still has cool contrasts all over.

Impressive wisteria bush, I never had that much patience with it.



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added ADA Nile Sand as well as 10 anubias pettite nana surrounding both islands....
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