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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Another 20 long tank

I had a 20 tall set up for about 3 years. It had its ups and downs from one time it looked like a jungle to when my timer stopped working while I was on vacation and the tank was empty when I came back. But after those 3 years, my stand decided that it was time to be retired.

Long story short, I decided to take advantage of petcos $1 a gallon sale and bought a 20 long, a nice new stand to go with it, and a new light.

I'm currently using an aqua clear hob filter, but my uncle has a fluval 205 I believe that I can have and all it needs is a new O ring.

As for my light, I decided to upgrade to a planted+ 24/7 and all I have used is 24/7 mode. I am in love with this light.
I am also using diy c02, dosing excel daily, and 2 ml of flourish on Mondays and thursdays.

I know everybody is ready for a picture, so here it is.


Right now the tank is currently housing 2 Amano shrimp and 2 nerite snails.

As for plants, it currently has:
Pitiful looking java moss
Dwarf sag
Crypt wendtii (not entirely sure, I just know they'really both crypts)
Ludwigia repent (I believe, I don't remember)

The ludwigia is just clippings from another tank so it's looking kind of thin.


I am going today to look for a new hardscape. I feel as if the tank is kind of bare. The right side looks great to me, but the left is boring. Any feedback and comments are much appreciated..
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I finally rescaped the tank.


Plants are red tiger lotus, cyperus helferi, crypt wendtii, and a few others that I can't remember off the top of my head.

As for fish, I only have an too and 2 cory cats. I plan to get more of each but that's all the store had.
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When mature a Crypt Wendtii will/can get 7-8" tall and 6-7" around.
When it matures the one on the left will somewhat hide the equipment behind it.
The one on the left actually looks like a Wendtii Bronze, but that one on the right sort of
looks like a genuine Crytocoryne Petco...LOL...
If you've noticed, Petco labels most of their plants "Assorted". When a plant breeder gets established they mainly just reproduce from what they have. After a few years of
inbreeding plants become adapted to where they are being grown. Ergo a distinct line
not completely like whatever it originally came from. I noticed that Petco's Crypts often look that way. Had one and it didn't completely resemble any other crypts.
Actually the one on the right also looks like a Crypt Petchii. If it is that will be full grown.
It's a nice start and likely to grow in well. Your choice of course, but you may let it do that for a couple of months before adding more to see how what you have works out.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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I was also thinking the crypt on the left was a wendtii bronze. I have had it for about 3 years when it was only 2 leaves. It melted away a few times over the years and now it is really starting to grow. I absolutely love it. It's sprouting a new leaf every other day or so. As for the other crypt, I have no clue what it is. I did buy one of those assorted crypts from petco about 3 years ago and that one plant has completely taken over a 55 gallon tank and I pulled a baby out and this is what it has grown into.

Overall, I am really enjoying this tank and I am just waiting for it to grow in.
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This is currently how the tank looks. I kinda just planted all of my extra plants in it. This tank will be coming down shortly because I am buying my first house and I upgraded to a 60 gallon when it was on sale during black friday.
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