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leaf's 20g // Rescaped 1.14

Yup that's right, this is the first planted tank I've ever done. I entered this hobby enticed by pictures I'd seen of Takashi Amano's works, and set off to make one of my own (or at least something like it). I was soon to be reminded however, that it is always much harder than it looks...

DOB: 9/17/09
Tank Details: 20 Gallon Long - 30 x 12 x 12 (in)
Lighting: 36in T5HO 2x39w 7500k
Co2: 5#, Stock Milwaukee Reg Valve, Clippard Solenoid. Ebay glass

diffuser dispersed by 201 powerhead. Lighting - 8hrs, co2-9hrs
Filtration/Flow: Oldskool Fluval 204 and Aqua 201 powerhead

Flora: I liked the grassy look I'd seen so I chose accordingly. I wanted something to contrast the greens and match the rocks, so in came the lotus and ludwigia. Eleocharis was a natural decision. There are some good and poor plant choices I've realized I made, some concerning scale and others growth rate. My riccia started from a spoonful the lfs attendant gave me for free. Said: "It's probably not enough to survive, but good luck!"

Eleocharis acicularis
Vallisneria spiralis
Cabomba caroliniana
Nymphaea lotus 'Zenkeri'

L. Arcuata
Blyxa japonica
Micranthemum umbrosum Hemianthus micranthemoides
Riccia fluitans
Helanthium tenellum
Glossostigma Elantiatosomethings

Fauna: 31 Inhabitants. Went with "safe" fish, and a heavy duty cleanup crew. I <3 the rasboras big time!

5 Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi)
4 Fire Rasbora (Rasboroides vaterifloris)
3 Otos (Otocinclus vittatus)
10 Amano Shrimp (Caridina japonica)
5 Nerite Snails (Neritina reclivata)

Since I set this up a little more than a month ago, to begin I have a series of photos. I don't have setup pics but I start snappin' em not too long after setup.

9.28 Notice the blue hue. I was running one actinic for a little bit.


9.29


10.8




10.13 I think I used a POS camera for these ones.




10.19




10.26




11.02




11.11




12.22





1.14
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Lol girls seem to dig aquariums not my girlfriend i wish lol but seriously awesome tank!!!! Beautiful

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Hey, thanks patrick! I think my gf might like my fish too much, I found her one night trying to catch a rasbora with my planting chopsticks! I'm still not real sure what she was thinking.

Oh, your 'weed is on the way. I sent it in a padded envelope since its gonna travel a bit... forgot to pm you earlier!

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That looks really good so far
I really like your user name.

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That's your first tank. Wow. I like it a lot. It looks really natural.
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Just keep an eye on the Riccia and trim it when needed or else it will die off underneath.


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For some reason that cinder-block stand and slightly over-long light make the thing look like a piece of art. I love it.
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That is really nice. I love how the plants relate to each other. The lotus and that whatever it is val go great together. You have a great artistic eye.

And I like the cinder block too.
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i'm surprised you didn't get busted for putting a halo tile on your wood floor... My dad would have killed me...

nice tank btw. I love progression shots where i can just scroll right through and see immediate results.


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That looks really good so far
I really like your user name.
Thanks, CL.
I was surprised when I found out "leaf" wasn't taken as a username. I snatched it up right away.

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Just keep an eye on the Riccia and trim it when needed or else it will die off underneath.
Thanks for the tip SS. I took the scissors to it once and what a mess! Next time I might just take out the stones and trim them in a bucket.

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For some reason that cinder-block stand and slightly over-long light make the thing look like a piece of art. I love it.
I was kinda hesitant at first, the cinderblocks only hold up 50% of the tank's foundation but it's held up just fine. The light is a little too long, though glad you like it.

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That is really nice. I love how the plants relate to each other. The lotus and that whatever it is val go great together. You have a great artistic eye.

And I like the cinder block too.
That means alot coming from you hydrophyte!
I have a feeling though, that the lotus or the vals will eventually be the demise of this tank. Their growth rate... , I'm constantly fighting them, cutting and pulling out runners which is a PITA with my substrate. Just as pretty as they are evil tho.

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i'm surprised you didn't get busted for putting a halo tile on your wood floor... My dad would have killed me...

nice tank btw. I love progression shots where i can just scroll right through and see immediate results.
I did place a single layer of grippy pad but I didn't really care too much. It's laminate and I laid it myself.

I'm still taken back by the progression shots. I mean, I knew it had grown.... just didn't have any idea!
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Nice setup. I like the rock work on the left

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Looks like a really good start. Also, the one month growth is amazing.

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i like it as well
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looks great leaf! you sure are great at growing riccia still loving the stone you gave me and the l. brevipes is growing slightly. i agree with hydrophyte on the val, it looks really nice, keep up the great work!!

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Thanks for the comments everyone! Riccia needs a trim soon, and the amanos are mega-berried. Too bad I have no means to raise the larvae!

Time for a little update...

11/2/09
FTS.




Right Side


Left side


Blyxa


Cabomba caroliniana


Amano perching on cabomba


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