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20g invert swamp

hello everyone this is my first journal. the tank has been running for about 2 months i just started taking pics now.for the sole fact my tanks always look like poop for the first month and a half and its quite embarrassing!
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the tank is a standard 20g el cheapo from petsmart
substrate is a mix of fluorite black,black sand and dark
the filter is eheim ecco 2232
the co2 is a hydor green nrg advanced regulator i got cheap a 35lb bottle i got from my work for free filled (the benefits of being a golf/country club chef) diffused through an upside down power head
the lights 2x24w t5ho on for 8 hours and 1 65w pc on for 3-4 hours
ferts are E.I.ish dosing kno3 kh2po4 k2so4 and csm+b 2x weekly
i just started dosing brightwell aquatics floranaxis
the flora is some basic beginner stuff dwarf hairgrass,aponogetons moneywort,dwarf sag,tiger lotus?,Blyxa aubertii, some unknown stem plant a guy at an lfs sold me he didn't know either java moss and what i think might be wysteria?
the fauna is about 40-60 caridina sp.dark green,4 caridina japonica,about 20 pond snails 1 small golden mystery snail and a bunch of creepy micro organisms
now please bear with me as I'm just figuring out how to insert photos I'm Internet incompetent.
any critique would be appreciated
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sorry i just kind of figured out the pic thing!
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and a few of its inhabitants thanks for looking!
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Ooh DG's are ;]
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Looking good, those are some pretty shrimp!

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The tank looks like it is doing well! Nice healthy plants.

Will this stay an inverts only tank?

I am planning on adding some red cherry shrimp to a tank and was considering adding Amano shrimp too. I have heard some complaints that the Amano's can bully and stress out the RCS. Don't know if this is true. How are they in your tank?
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thanks everyone! yes i'm going to try and keep this inverts only but there is alot of these little white worms i thought the were planaria but the swim alot i don't see them attached to anything i had them in my 2.5 with just snails until i got a few small cardinal tetras the ate them ferociously! now there none in there but i think they would eat the shrimplets with the same viggor. the amanos are bullies but the mainly stay near the drift wood and theres plenty of room to hide the dark greens are fairly small mabye half the size of the amanos! thanks again everyone for looking!
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I like the look of the tank with just the little guys in it.
The wood and moss is cool.


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Looks good, especialy that cool peice o'wood!

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update

just a quick update. i have added 6 otocinclus and got rid of the money wart in the back left corner and added more wysteria and blyxa aubertii in the front right. other than that just lots of growth, baby shrimp, and more snails very little algae growth. i did have 1 big screw up, i got drinkin me some beer and takin some jager shots and forgot to shut my co2 and gassed some shrimps my oto's were acting a little crazy all in all i found 4 dead shrimp no shrimplets were found dead but its hard to find any shrimp in my tank due to over growth. so again thanks for looking and thanks for all the compliment!

heres the latest pic I'm going to trim today and I'll post more pics after.
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Hey that's nice. I like the color in that shot and you hairgrass looks very happy.

Hey I would work on cleaning up that chalk deposit there above the water line. That should come right off if you wipe it with a cloth soaked in a little bit of white vinegar.
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update part 2

thanks hydro! lol i took the pics this morning i have been really busy at work and haven't had a lot of time to take care of such things like cleaning haha today i had the day off and feeling a little under the weather i decided to do some work around the tank a little snip here and a little rescaping some algae scraping and a few hours later poof, a new tank! so all in all this was a before and after update. also i just realized the "dwarf" in dwarf haigrass is a bit of a misnomer!
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aww shucks! thanks hydro.
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Great tank. That hairgrass looks nice.
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