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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-24-2015, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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My second tank - 20L Petrified River

7/23/2015


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8/12/2015


8/28/2015


9/20/2015


11/25/15


My name is Nicole.
I started getting into planted tanks about three months ago, and have learned a lot since then.

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Temp: 80 degrees
pH: 6.8

Equipment
20g long Aqueon tank - top rim removed
Aquaclear 30&20
Sunsun 100w heater
Current USA Planted+
(previously CFLs)

Substrate
Coal Slag
Mineralized Top Soil

Hardscape
Malaysian root
Petrified Wood

Plants
AR Mini
Rotala sp. Bonsai
Bacopa Carolina
Limnophila Sessiliflora
Windelov Java Fern
Water Sprite
Staurogyne Repens
Mirco Sword
Monte Carlo
Rotala Indica


Fish:
12xGreen Neon Tetra
1xFarlowella
1xAssassin Snail
3xOtocinclus
1xBetta

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Wow that looks nice! I can't wait to see the progress on this one, it's gonna make one heck of a good looking low tech tank.


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Petrified wood in a tank looks nice. We've several pieces.


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Thanks so much! I really like it, too. It's so cool looking.



Added a second light, still working on hanging the shelf.

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cool tank!

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Buy Flourish and Flourish Excel

Tips? Suggestions? Praise? Hate mail?
Excel alternative Metricide or Cidex. Not cidex odt. Excel has 1.5% Glut. A quart is approx $25 on fleebay At dealmed.com 1 gallon $18.20. The shipping is $9.99.

Mixture:
(1.5 x container)/ cidex glut% = glut
(1.5% * 100ml)/2.5%.
300ml of 2.5%(Metricide 28) + 200ml water = 500ml bottle

Instead of Flourish buy dry fert from Select Aquatics. It is a good all in 1 dry fert. Dry ferts last longer thus cheaper in the long run. It doesn't have enough iron for red plants. Also doesn't have KNO3 (potassium nitrate) which is needed for stem plants. It contains Calcium sulfate, Iron sulfate, Magnesium sulfate, Manganese sulfate, and Potassium sulfate.

For scaping tips check out photographers rule of two-thirds. rah-bop applied the two-thirds to his 29g tank.
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Awesome! I'll definitely check those out. Anything that saves money in the long run will help out immensely.
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I forgot to mention that below the MTS I added Potassium Bicarbonate and mixed in API Laterite.
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I forgot to mention that below the MTS I added Potassium Bicarbonate and mixed in API Laterite.
Why did you add Potassium Bicarb?
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I'm sorry, I meant potassium chloride.

I did read up on potassium bicarbonate when I was reading about pH levels, I got them confused. It can be used instead of baking soda.
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I'm sorry, I meant potassium chloride.
So why then did you decide to use potassium chloride?
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It's the same thing as Muriate of Potash. I followed Aaron Talbot's method of Mineralizing Top Soil, and it gives the plants an initial potassium source, since I have a ton of stem plants in my tank.
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Added three red cherry shrimp, one amano. One Green Neon Tetra has died from a cyst.
Raised tank temp to 79, added Marsilea Crenata, and set up the shelf above my tank. I drilled in curtain rod holders with a square 1x1 piece of wood, then hung the lights from that. Next I'll be spray painting the lights themselves to match, and improve how they are currently hanging from the rod for easier flexibility. AR Mini is melting pretty badly, hopefully it will come back. All other plants seem to be flourishing. Dosing daily excel.




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AR Mini is melting pretty badly, hopefully it will come back. All other plants seem to be flourishing. Dosing daily excel.
What does AR Mini stand for?
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Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini', or the red plant you see in my tank!
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