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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-29-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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My 20g at work

Just need a place to keep track of progress.

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DIY'ed stock hood with 3-15 watt spirals CF's(10hrs per day) & led moonlight
Rena XP1
100w heater
DIY CO2 with 3-2liters currently diffusing with a venturi mister based of Tom Barr's design
DIY drop checker
playsand substrate
50% partials weekly
no ferts yet dosing EI now

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java ferns
tiger lotus

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1- dwarf gouramislost to old age
6-neon tetras
4- peppered cories



Im battling some BBA and I think staghorn, but ive only been using the Co2 for a week or so and since then i have seen huge improvements in plant growth and algae death.



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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 03:59 AM
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Make sure the water level is always high so that you get very little surface turbulence. You don't want to outgas your CO2.

Great start.
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Got the DIY CO2 dialed in and built a new diffuser/mister. The BBA wasnt dying off very quick so I pulled the driftwood and did some serious scrubbing, also removed the Ludwigia repens that was overtaken with the BBA and replaced with new and more stems.
Added some Alternanthera reineckii(scarlet temple) and did some pruning of the others.
changed the background to black

wish a I didnt suffer from NSWMTS "never satisfied with my tank syndrom"

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Finally got a cannister( rena xp1) and dry ferts have been shipped. Woo Hoo!
Had a instance of Green water over the last weekend, but i bought an in tank UV and 3 days later, plus a couple of 50% partials, and the clear water is back.

still got a little BBA, we'll see what happens now that im not off gassing CO2 with the HOB.



hate the blue intake of the xp1, i might paint it black.


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looks nice, crisp and vibrant.

It could have used a little bit of slope though, IMO.

Patience is the name of the game.

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Ya I agree its too flat. I plan on removing the sword in the back left, when I do that I will build that corner up more.

thanks for the input


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well havent updated in awhile but here is the current look


everything has been going good, except I lost my guarami a few months back.

I plan to cut the large fern back and add some taller plants to the back and a little more color.

I also have been wanting to add some new fish but I cant decide what to do.

few things i have been thinking about and would like some input/ideas

1.Add another center piece guarami, betta, or other suitable fish, not really sure what else would work with the size of tank. Id really like to try something different from the norm

2. up my neon school by 4-6

3. add a different school of small fish


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i really like the ferns, it gives a nice, simple, healthy look to this tank. i think a larger school of neons would look great!

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http://www.aquariumslife.com/algae-control/brushalga/
if you're still having trouble read that hopefully that should solve your problem. gl with your tank

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Very nice, clean and minimalistic. Ive always been a fan of utilizing easier species in both planted and reef setups, they're just as beautiful (and seeing them grow and flourish is quite a plus).

Us reef guys don't know jack about plants.
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Thanks for the input, I think i have decided the direction i want to go with my new fish, so now on to the store


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