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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-25-2009, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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20 Gallon Long...

I'm pretty new to this whole planted aquarium thing... this is my third tank and my third attempt to do a planted aquarium. That doesn't mean I've been doing it long, just means I got the bug and enjoy buying plants :P and aquariums

So where to start...

Tank: 20 Gallon long
The filter I have is for a 30 - 45 gallon (I think)
Heater: 150W Hydor
Lighting: 20W Coralife 10,000K
Substrate: Seachrem's Flourite mixed with some black gravel
Ferts: Seachrem's Flourish
CO2: Hagen Plant Grow Natural System with CO2

Hardscape: Driftwood and rocks
Flora: Anubias Nana, Bacapa, hygrophila kompakt, Cardinal Plant, Red Melon sword, green and red wendetii, balansae, microsword, mint charlie, cryptocoryne, ludwigia repens, Undulatus
Fauna: 2 German Blue Rams, 4 Pygmy Corys, 2 Otocinclus Catfish, 1 African Dwarf Frog

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20w? thats probly too low for micro swords.. and is it the one towards center right? you should spread it out...it will grow better... you can also add more cories.. they do better in bigger group, for my 20L i got a group of 16...

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The cories are actually doing quite well, they will swim at all levels of the tank and are quite often in view. If anything I might need to add more otos as I rarely if ever see them (sometimes I'll see them when the lights are off, sometimes). When I had a group of five otos they were almost always visible in a group.

I know my light isn't great, but I have yet to find a good one locally (or not locally as I recently took a trip to NOVA and searched the stores up there) ... if you have a link you could add for suggestions I'd be up to looking around.
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We have almost exactly the same tank. Mine's also a 20 long, used fluorite and black gravel, using seachem flourish....

I just don't have hardscape. Yours looks awesome though.
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nice start, i really like your driftwood. It looks kinda of like an animal's head.
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We have almost exactly the same tank. Mine's also a 20 long, used fluorite and black gravel, using seachem flourish....

I just don't have hardscape. Yours looks awesome though.
haha.. thats the same setup i got.. cept i use natural colored rice sized and pea sized gravel.. with flourish and excel (when i remember to dose) and i use 2 of those homedepot robo cop lights... open top...

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Your log looks like a collie dog that's laying down.

Did you know that if you pack your tank with cheap stem plants it will cycle quickly and you can avoid algae? Then when your tank is done cycling you can sell the plants and get more of what plants you may want to keep. There are some low light plants that will work. My FAVORITE is Najas sp 'Roraima'. It will work in low light and high light. It's a great cycling plant. It's pretty too!

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i use 2 of those homedepot robo cop lights... open top...
What is that? Sounds like something interesting.
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Thanks for the compliments. I'm using Seachrem's stability to help cycle the tank faster. It's worked great on all my other tanks and it's done a great job on this one!

Now, since the water is a lot clearer - an updated picture!

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I was thinking the log looks like a horse :S.
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What a fascinating piece of wood. Can't wait to see what it looks when all the plants grow out. I think something with some big leaves, like wisteria would look good in there on the right side of the woods trunk.
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After some people mentioned that the piece of wood looked like an animal - it made me think it looks kind of like an antelope of some kind.

Hilde - I have red melon sword planted in the right corner ... I'm hoping it'll grow out and fill in the empty space!
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I think this is going to look absolutely amazing in a couple months (not that it looks anything close to half bad at the moment). my advice would be to clear out the center and see how that looks. No guaranteeing that this will look decent at all, but I would try moving the foreground plants in the center to the right side and the tall plants to the left.

The wind to the rain said
You push and I'll be pelt
They so smote the garden bed
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And lay bent, though not dead
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^ i think you should move the plant out of the center too. the ones in the back will grow out nicely. i love your wood loll reminds me of a camel
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I was thinking the log looks like a horse :S.
Haha, darn i was about to say that.

You have a really nice tank by the way. Can't wait until plants grown in.
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