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20Gal***RESCAPE 01/10/2009*** (Pic Heavy)

20 Gal, wanting low tech
24w T5HO, 15w CF
Generic HOB Filter
Potted Soil under Flourite Substrate
Anubias
Crypt
Cabomba?
(soon to have Java fern/moss)
3 Rasboras (getting 3 more)
3 Guppies (not sure about anymore)
1 Rubber Lipped Pleco
I want to put shrimp in here or some cleaning fish, but dunno much about shrimp... if anyone has any tips to share I'd be highly appreciative!









How do you trim this and use it as a new plant? Is it possible?


Sorry for the crappy pictures, as I don't have a decent camera, and these where taken on my phone. :-)

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Seems like a great first planted tank! I would add more plants as the tank looks kind of empty. For a starter shrimp, I would recommend cherry shrimps. They're easy and breed fast. I don't know about the rubber lip pleco though...I think most pleco get big and tend to knock plants over or out of place.
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I would add more plants as the tank looks kind of empty.
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Much more plants! pack it full of plants and then get some Amano or Cherry shrimps in there for clean up and some 2 or 3 Otto cats too..

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The rubberlip should be fine, they don't get large, and are very useful to keep green spot algae at bay, should you have some.


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I want Java fern, and Java Moss, as far as that Cabomba how do I trim it to make more of them? and I'm looking for a carpeting plant I like clover style leaves, I've seen some tanks with this plant, but can't find them now nor do I know the name of it. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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Oh and another thing, I'm running around 1.8-2 wpg for 12 hour periods, not sure if I'll need Co2 or just dose Excel, but what testing equipment is available that will tell me the parameters of my water on all fronts, CO2, NPK, Ammonia, etc.

My pH is 6.5, kH 120 ppm, GH is 60 ppm, and that's all my little test strips tell me
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Oh and another thing, I'm running around 1.8-2 wpg for 12 hour periods, not sure if I'll need Co2 or just dose Excel, but what testing equipment is available that will tell me the parameters of my water on all fronts, CO2, NPK, Ammonia, etc.

My pH is 6.5, kH 120 ppm, GH is 60 ppm, and that's all my little test strips tell me
I am not sure but I believe with that 24watt T5HO and the 15watt cf over your tank you are going to have to use Co2 as I am going to bet you are in the high light range. If not high light range you are diffidently @ 2wpg which would call for Co2.

Lets hope someone with a little more experience with T5's will chime in.


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UPDATE!!! WHEW... hereeee weee gooo....

New shtuffinz...

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Powerhead generic...
Hagen Glo T5HO 2 x 24w Aquamedic 6500k (pinkish tint)
DIY CO2 3 day turn around

3 Oto's
5 Adult Guppies
1 Betta Splenden
1 True SAE
4 Rasboras
3 Guppy fry
1 Mystery Snail
Random moments of Daphnia Crossing... and then rasbora frenzy... poor little things...

Bacopa
Rotala's
Ludwigia's
Anubias'
Cabomba
ID the walmart bulbs...
ID the bad plant
Mayaca
What I thought was Dwarf Sag... you tell me...

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That's not dwarf sag, that's lilaeopsis.
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THANK YOU!!!

I was told it was dwarf sag, but it's pretty long you kno?

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It looks like either L. macloviana or L. mauritiana because of how thin the blades are.
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I really like it, I got it with only 4 blades on a runner, and it took off nicely.

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Ok well I sold a spare 40 gal, and a hagen canister filter for 80 bones... and I went out and bought 2 bags of Eco Complete and a bucket of floredepot. I've been planning a complete overhaul anyway, just decided to do it yesterday instead of feb like I originally planned.

Well here we go.



Floredepot



My fish in the bucket...



Plants in muh styrofoam box...




Almost done...



Muh Rocks... wich ones to use...



After figuring out what I wanted... time to filler back up



Almost done












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Careful, since you changed most of the substrate there will hardly be any bacteria, so if any of your fish are sensitive to ammonia or nitrite, then they might die.

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