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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2015, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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First journal. 20L

First off, been lurking and learning for a few months finally starting a bigger tank wanted to do a journal to document.

My other 2 tanks are both 5 gallon. One is a spec 5 that has a Betta with S Repens and I think needle leaf ludwigia. The other is a regular 5.5 gallon with the same plants plus willow moss that houses a dozen mini golden rabbit snails.

Both are low tech and I'll admit I need better fert maintenance. I recently received the EI pack from Green Leaf will be mixing them up shortly and will start on all tanks.

This tank so far is a 20 long. Will be running finnex planted plus, aqua clear HOB maybe a power head as well for extra flow across the tank. Will also add a heater.

Plants will be willow moss on the driftwood tied down, want to try that out along with some Anubis, micro sword, S Repens and pogostomon helleferi

Substrate will either be a mix of diamond blasting sand and turface, or I might give the safe t sorb a try.

Residents I am looking for help with. I would like to have Cory cats but also want to try shrimp , can the two interact ok? I've read mixed reviews. I am also considering doing a tank for larger varieties of rabbit snails as I have recently become obsessed with them.

Looking for feedback on the process as I go and design will be putting the pieces together over the next few days. For now I have the driftwood placed and temporarily secured will be scouting out for rocks next maybe some Mexican beach stones will look good.

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To my knowledge corries and shrimp are ok, but I guess I don't have experience with them. They're probably labeled as "cautionary" to mix together. So the baby shrimplets might get eaten if they don't have enough hiding places. If you buy amano shrimp, they don't bread in fresh water, but they're big enough that the corries won't eat them.

You might want to consider root tabs as well (either bought or DIY). The anubias won't care, but the stem plants will appreciate the extra root nutrients since your substrate provides nothing.

I'm digging the wood, looking forward to seeing your progress!

Old tanks, all torn down:
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Hope to get a new tank (or two) up soon...
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Moved the wood around a bit and added some darker lava rock as well. Gonna ponder this some make a few final adjustments then start adding substrate I think.
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Nice driftwood.

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
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Had a driftwood mishap so had to resecure it. Moved a few rocks again and just planted it this afternoon.

Foreground pogostomon helleferi
Then S Repens
Some wisteria hygrophila difformis and telanthera cardinalis which can't be seen yet in the back.
Also have two types of Anubias and have some x mas moss that I will need to tie into the driftwood yet as well.

Not sure on the fish yet, was going to go Cory cats and red cherry shrimp, but I do not think it will work. Might go for shrimp and rabbit snails together in my next 20 long I have.

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