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My first PT: 20 gallon long

I took a dip in Ik Kil this summer and was inspired to bring that home with me. I had always admired James Findley's work too ... So I took my old turtle tank and got to work with a ton of research. I ran across a fish store closing here in San Antonio that was selling black aquarium substrate by the lbs super cheap plus rocks for a grand total of $19. Here's my setup:

Hardscape:
Purple jasper
Petrified wood
soon to add TX-select driftwood (mountain cedar from my backyard)

Substrate:
30lbs eco complete?
base layer of osmocote plus

Flora:
HC Cuba
Micranthemum monte carlo
S. Repens
One mystery plant that came with the cuba pictured in closeup.

Soon to be Fauna:
Green neons
Tiger shrimp

I've also come up with what may be a novel setup to a very flexible CO2 delivery system. I have done some tests and it seems to work. I bought a new 2gallon pump sprayer. It has a max psi of 45. I bought a super cheap low psi air tank regulator from harbor freight plus the correct barb fittings for the pump hose inlet and aquarium hose outlet. Now, I can either use this for a yeast setup, carefully as a dry ice setup (pump has automatic pressure release if psi goes over 45psi) or in a pinch I can pump my own breath into it to at least elevate the co2 concentration beyond normal air. Fully pressurized, it can last up to 3 days without needing to be pumped at 1bps. Anyone else heard of people trying a similar rig?
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