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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-04-2009, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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My new 20 long

what do you think of my tank i just finished setting it up earlier today. I was doing an emersed method with the baby tears, but i wanted to get everything set up already

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40 lbs of eco complete
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4 x Dwarf hairgrass
2 x Aqua Clear 20
Lava Rock to hold up the driftwood



i still need to set up a C02 system.
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looks good so far. that looks like a pretty bright light. you'll want to set up CO2 and also get more plants in there in order to discourage algae.
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Looks very promising. Be sure to update.

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Very nice.

Now i want to get a few 20 gallons. O_o Ahh!
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20 long is one of the best choice for planted tank. It looks much bigger than a 20 gallons tank. Looks very good so far but please keep us updated. Congrats

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Thanks for the positive feedback.

Right now im running an 18000k and a 6700k in my t5. Do you think i should do 2 x 6700? and for the C02 im still drinking my coke hopefully i'll have that set up by the end of the week.

I was also planning on doing java or riccia on the driftwood and lava rock which would you sugguest i do? (pros and cons for each if possible)
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very cool lookin...keep us updated buddy.


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Im running 6700k and 10000k and I love it. 18000k is very blue, as you know. Im not sure how much of that the plants can utilize. How many watts is that light?

Java moss: Pros - indestructible. Attaches onto wood/rock on its own. Cons - Kind of ugly compared to other mosses.

Riccia: Pros - grows beautifully with CO2. Cons - Makes a total mess when it's trimmed. Also, it cannot naturally attach to anything, so when it pearls it will try to float off your driftwood.

You might consider other mosses: Weeping, willow, xmas, flame, etc. I think any of those are much more attractive than java.

Overall, nice scape. I like the wood.
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Did you make the legs for the light yourself or did you buy them?
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keep the 18000k, i want to see how it turns out, try switching the 18000 and the 6700, like if right now you have 18000 in the front, put it in the back, and take pics of both, it might be interested to see the difference
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I like it. It really reminds me of my first tank, except yours has a better hardscape

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Thanks for the positive feedback.

Right now im running an 18000k and a 6700k in my t5. Do you think i should do 2 x 6700? and for the C02 im still drinking my coke hopefully i'll have that set up by the end of the week.

I was also planning on doing java or riccia on the driftwood and lava rock which would you sugguest i do? (pros and cons for each if possible)
i've been using the 6,700K/18,000K combo for a while now and like it. that photo posted up there is not what it really looks like (at least for me). also, my tank looks washed out if i run both tubes @ 6,700K. for a better idea of what the power glo 6,700K combo looks like, go through my journal. the power glo light spectrum actually looks a lot like the aquaflora spectrum. just a little more blue and a little less red.

as far as the diy co2, you will most likely need to use 3 2 liters, one rotated out once a week + daily excel dosing. at least that's the only way i've been able to fend off algae with my 2x24w glo retro in my 29.

oh, by the way, good job on the scape. better than my 1st try.

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Great start. I would steer clear of riccia, i had it in a nano, one of the most beautiful plants I have ever grown. if it wasn't such a PITA I would still have it.
I would make riccia stones with mesh fabric over flat rocks after a few weeks they would look awesome, then a few weeks later it would break loose and i would start over. PITA(pain in the a$$)

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Nice and simple plant scaping. I personally wouldn't put any moss or riccia (anything fine) on that type of wood, it'll cover the stump and look like moss walls in the corners (maybe nice looking in some peoples' opinion but not mine). Instead I would add bolbitis, anubias or needle leaf java fern to it, or a combo.

More of my opinion ... blue light makes plants look ugly. I personally only see 67k washing the red plants out, really depends on the bulb manufacturer though, some 67's I have are really white, others are yellowish, all make the tank look super green like in Chonhzilla's and Haagenize's sigs.


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Love your tank. Very nice start. And thats a very nice driftwood you got in there


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