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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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  • 20 Gallon (long) tank dimensions: 30" x 12.5" x 12.5"
  • Dual T5 High Output Lighting Fixture (24W T5 HO 6000K, 24W T5 HO Roseate)
  • "Primo" CO2 System from Green Leaf Aquariums (5lb Cylinder)
  • Flourite Black Sand
  • Glass Drop Checker
  • Marineland C160 Canister Filter
  • Hydor Koralia1 Powerhead
  • Marineland Stealth 100W Heater
  • Red Sea Root Therm Substrate Heating System
  • Coralife Digital Thermometer
  • Automatic Timer (with 2 x 3-Prong Outlets & Master On/Off Control Swith)
  • 6-Outlet Surge Protector











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Well, it certainly looks like you've got all the hardware to help gain success. What substrate is that? You'd better not fail us after spending all that money.

After the upcoming move I'll be setting my 20H up pretty much the same way, heating cables and all. We'll have to see how our "twin" tanks fare over the long haul. Keep us updated with detailed info, you've piqued my curiousity now.

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I'll be interested to see how that substrate heater works out for you as well...ADA started selling a substrate heater over in Japan, but it hasn't made it this side of the ocean yet.

General consensus seems to be that they don't necessarily benefit plant growth(but they certainly don't inhibit either), but if it heats the water column efficiently, it's a decent alternative to a visi-therm stealth hanging around in the back.


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Yea a better heater than the typical suction cupped ugliness would be nice. You may want to get a backup thermometer to. Like a real mercury one, Iv heard a few stories about the digi's being a few degrees off at times. Personally I'm a fan of the floating thermometers. I just throw it in the tank for a few seconds when I want to check the temp. But then again there are over 20 fish tanks setup here, so its more convenient. Just a heads up.

Also how do you like that co2 primo setup? I may get this for christmas. Not sure if I want that or a new tank with a nice light setup lol.


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Nice mix of colors in this tank. What substrate are you using?


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Those look like a healthy assortment of plants. Where did you get them?

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^agreed very healthy looking, nice colors


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What are the red plants in the tank?
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Temp. 26.5C
CO2 4bps; DC Dark Green

GH: 180ppm (10dGH)
KH: 120ppm (6.7dGH)
PH: 7
NO2: 0
NO3: 0
Ammonia: 0.5

3 x Gouramis (Golden Honey, Blue, Pearl)
2 x Angelfish (Black, White/Black)
1 x Siamese Algae Eater

NOTES:
-Nymphaea lotus 'zenkeri' experiencing quick growth; trimmed accordingly
-'runners' on Echinodorus tennellus
-'dead spots' on Amazon Sword
-'brown spots' on Anubias Nana & Hygrophila corymbosa 'siamensis'
-'brown/black tips' on Echinodorus tennellus
-GSA(?) forming on rear glass
-1 (out of 3) gourami's occassionally gasping for air; all other fish seem to be fine.

*Dosing: Scheduled Day 6 (as per Seachem Planted Aquarium Dosing Chart)

Flourish: 2.5ml
Excel: 2.5ml
Iron: 2.5ml
Prime: 1ml

**Additional Dosing:
Phosphorus: 2.5ml
Nitrogen: 2.5ml

















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Keep an eye on those angels and the SAE, they're gonna get big fast and start crowding your 20g.


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*Balancing the Journal:
  • Strategically placed 6 Flourish Tabs about a week ago.
  • Noticed early stages of algae; reduced lighting to (1) 24W T5 High Output 6,000k.
  • Current C02 rate @ 2.5bps.
  • Echinodorus tenellus slowly beginning to take over the tank.
  • Nymphaea lotus 'zenkeri' and Cryptocoryne wendtii showing optimal growth.
  • Anubias also showing progress.





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What a beautiful tank. How much did the CO2 setup run you? Been looking for one for my tanks...
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