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Stepping up my game - new 20 gal tank!

Hey guys, just wanted to share my tank with you! I've had a nice little planted 10 gal running for almost a year now, but had been preparing to upgrade it to a 20 for a while. Finally did this weekend!
The ten was cute, sure. I had kept lots of fish before, but this was my first planted tank. The plants grew. The scape was nice. But this one is a big step up. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and am looking forward to seeing how it as it grows in a bit.

IMG_0283 by erotic nightmares, on Flickr

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20 gal high tank
Fluval C3 filter
ancient reliable heater, unknown brand
eco-complete for substrate
marineland full spectrum T8 (at least for now, might change it later)

This is a low tech, so the plants are chosen accordingly - about six different varieties of crypt, hygro, anubias, java ferns, java moss, some miscellanous sprigs and clippings of other things.

Current fauna are ember and gold neon tetras, amano shrimp, ghost shrimp (two berried mamas right now!) and mini ramshorn snails

Planning on adding more ember tetras and probably some neon/cardinals, and a school of pygmy cories.

Let me know what you think! I'll try to get some more detailed shots up sometime this week.

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That looks very nice!


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Wow. I love it. Looks like you put some planning into it.

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Thank you both!
I didn't do too much planning - I knew I wanted a mainly driftwood hardscape, and I wanted lots of plants.
Once I got everything I needed I just set aside a day to put it together. I think I started around 3 in the afternoon and finished around 8 am. (Yes, AM. You read that right.)
Admittedly a good portion of that time was spent just staring at the half-full tank and pondering proper crypt placement and other such wildly important things. The rest of it was pretty much made up as I went along.

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Took a few pictures of the critters in the tank. Everybody seems to be adjusting well.
One of my female embers giving me the stink eye:
IMG_0271 - Version 2 by erotic nightmares, on Flickr[/IMG]

Assassin snail, who cruised right past several snails without assassinating them:
IMG_0234 by erotic nightmares, on Flickr[/IMG]

Gold neon, wondering when I'm going to put down the dang camera and feed them:
IMG_0228 by erotic nightmares, on Flickr[/IMG]

Thanks for looking!

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Very nice. I like the mix of the driftwood and the small rocks.


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Very nice. I like the mix of the driftwood and the small rocks.
Seconded. Very pretty 20g
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