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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-04-2015, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hippie's Amazon Inspired Nature 20g


So i thought I'd start a journal as i re scape my current tank

The tank is a 20g long, which was my first foray into aquariums. for a while it lived a long life as a lava rock iwagami with a glosso and hair grass carpet. It was pretty to look at and all but it was boring to watch fish just sorta loaf around it. So I ditched all the co2 and lighting crap and downgraded.

The orginal plan was to start a Rio Nanay biotope, but i couldn't live without some plants, so the tank is kinda just Rio Nanay inspired for now.

So i threw all the fish in the angel fish tank and ripped everything apart

WP_20150203_6506 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

found a stump and cut it up till it looked right, then threw it in with some sand and junk...

WP_20150118_19_01_50_Pro by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

I don't have a great shot of the tank yet filled, so for now these cell phone shot will hopefully do.

WP_20150129_1048 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr
(the wood up in the clamp is soaking for latter...)

WP_20150201_586 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

At this point i found the black skirt tetras a new home as they didn't fit into the biotope deal, and added in some dwarf pencil fish to hang out with the preexisting false rummy nose tetras.

DSC_4549 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

One of my bigest modvators to get rid of the glosso carpet was to have another home for some cool plecos, so far a L340 has taken up residence despite not completely fitting in with the biotope, soon a l333 or l15 might end up in the tank though

16250797388_df9cd1503e_o by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

Thanks for looking , and ill try to break out good camera soon so everything isn't shot with a cellphone.

Bump: here's a better FTS not taken with a potato:

DSC_4535 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!!

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Cool tank. Really like the photo of the black widows hovering under that branch. Looks super natural. Any photos of the pencil fish?
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Thanks dude!

Here's some pencil fish...

DSC_4799 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

DSC_4819 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

also messed with the tank some, so here is a FTS

DSC_4789 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

also increased the stock some, i wanted some sort of focal point fish but couldn't decide, apistogrammas fit the bill and were native, but i sorta hated how ostentatious they were, don't know why but I've always been more of a fan of drab fish. However when i came across this dude everything changed, his fins aren't too insane looking, and his body coloration is similar enough to pencil fish that i decided he needed to be into the tank...

DSC_4809 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

DSC_4834 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

Also added in a new pleco, threw in some floaters, and let tannins run a muck in the tank.

WP_20150211_8451 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

DSC_4847 by loserwithacanon, on Flickr

Because all the cool threads have them and I wanna be cool to here's a mildly complete spec list.

Tank: 20g long
Filter: Marineland ????? ( dont know the name but its for a 40g) filled with bioballs and peat
Light: Finnex stingray 30"
Mantince: 15% water change every 3 days, gravel vac the same.
Substrait: organic miracle grow top soil caped with sand, some dirt, and lots of fish crap.
Ferts: .5ml of flourish twice a week
Heater: one of them, tank stays steady at 81f
Plants: Dwarf hair grass, glosso, maybe micro swords (don't really know,) and some floaters of unknown verity
Fauna: 1x apistogramma cacatuoides
5x nannostomus marginatus (3 rio negro subsperices and 2 Guyana/Suriname)
5x petitela georgeiae
3x amano shrimp
1x L340
1x hypancistrus sp. "garupa"

Thanks for looking!!

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really love the natural look of this tank. i bet the inhabitants love it too. have you thought about adding some dead leaves?
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