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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-27-2008, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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20G Long creek bed (pics 12/2)

I got this 20 Long for $30 plus gave the guy a 30 gallon glass aquarium w/home made stand. I had already sold all my equipment with my 80G because I moved into a small apartment. I had posted it a while back here:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...-2-months.html

Anyhow this aquarium only has 36W of light and I am only dosing with excell right now, but will start running diy CO2 w a redsea reactor as soon as I get around to rigging it up.

Can anyone give me any advice as to promote plant growth without spending any money on lights. I am not trying to grow a large variety of plants, I just want it to look somewhat like a creek bed. As you can see it has flourite substrate. Would it be worth it to fertilize in the substrate at all?

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7 Dwarf pencil fish
2 Bamboo Shrimp
5 Snowball Shrimp

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Saddled Female










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I love how clean it looks. Its very pretty

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Looks good Some moss would look nice on the slate, and maybe some floating plants like guppy grass or hornwort would help fill it in a bit.

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Looks good. However, did you cram a bunch of moss in between the glass and a piece of slate on the right? Not sure, cant see it clearly.
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Yes I crammed some moss in there because I had more than I knew what to do with. I have removed it since then. I'll get some newer pics up soon. I am getting some growth out of the chain swords, they have sent out a bunch of runners. The moss is fanning out nicely from the tree limbs, but I started to get some brown algae. I have cut back the photo period and reduced the amount of excel, and it seems to be working.

I'm thinking about putting something tall along the back in places, like some corkscrew val or something.
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Here are some new pics. Not much growth, but the moss is doing well. I tried to get some pictures of my snowball shrimp mating, but they picked an hard spot in the tank. It was pretty interesting to see how the male curled his tail around underneath and used his legs to move the sperm to the female- I had never seen this happen before.





Female before mating- saddled


Two males behind her hoping to keep their genes alive\


The mating, sorry its blurry- it was a hard angle


And a couple of the female after mating and after molting- berried


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Those twigs look really really good. Almost like the moss is just floating there.

The tank itself is really nice too.

Keep it nice and simple

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the slate and flourite makes it look like a natural river bed. i like it
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Nice pics. I wish I could get me hands on some snowballs lol

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Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking of some floating plants as MOsborne05 suggested, but i'm not sure what would look right- something with longer roots maybe.

Also I might try some tall grass along the back where the shortest piece of flagstone is.

Andrew, I saw a post for in the s&s that had snowballs for trade. I have a 3 gallon ready for the momma so eventually i'll have some ready also.
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Really unique, and I really like it.

Any idea what species moss that is?





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Thanks,
I believe it is christmas tree moss.
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Plant Growth - I am running a similar set up right now except mine only has 30Ws of light on it. I dose this:

At the water change
+/- 1/8 tsp KNO3 (N)
+/- 1/32 tsp KH2PO4 (P)
The next day after the water change.
+/- 1/32 tsp (2ml) Trace Elements
50% weekly water change

Then I also dose Excel everyday.

This seems to be working well so far.


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Thanks Wingsdlc, how do you measure those small amounts? with an eyedropper?
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Here are some pictures that show growth and some additional plants.

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Right Side


Right Angle


Left Side
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