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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings fellow enthusiasts!

Hello everybody,

I am new to the fish-keeping hobby in general and just started my first ever aquarium/planted tank after tons of research and 2 am YouTube binges . I went with a 20-gallon long which I feel like is a good size for a beginner. My friend got me into the hobby after months of me following his tank's progression and I've got to say - I'm really excited to be picking up this hobby.

Below are a few pictures of my tank's progression thus far. I'd love any feedback/recommendations as I move forward. Thank you all in advance and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community .

Day 1: Initial Set-Up (Seachem Flourite substrate with black gravel on top)


Day 7: Added Lighting


Day 8: Tank starting to clear up


Day 10: Added Purigen


Day 12: Propagated plants


Day 14: Added DIY CO2



Day 20: Tank cleared up very nicely


Day 30 - Current: Added Tetras and some red background plants (Currently 2 male guppies, 1 paradise betta, 3 catfish, 15 tetras)



My friend gave me some of the plants in the tank. I only know that the ones in the foreground are s.repens. Would anyone be able to help me identify the others? Much thanks!!
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Looks really nice! Welcome to TPT!

Im not really good at identification of plants, but someone may chime in here soon to help with that.
Just wanted to welcome you and let you know we are happy to see you here.
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Welcome! Looks good and maybe someone else can chime in , but I wouldn't trust that stand for that tank . it looks unstable and it doesn't suport the ends of the tank . Just my 2 cents .
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My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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Thanks for the suggestion! I mistakenly picked it up from Petco as it was advertised for a 20 gallon...found out it's made for a 20 gallon tall and not a 20 gallon long.. Having said that I'm an engineering grad student and if my structural analysis was correct the stand itself shouldn't fail under the given load.. let's see if I was paying attention in my undergrad structures class, haha.
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Nice looking tank! May I ask what kind of canister filter that is? I ask because I also have a 20L that I would like to switch over to a canister filter, as I'm sick of the HOB that's on it now. I'm not sure what size or brand to go with yet.
Best of luck and keep us posted!
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Thanks for the compliment! It's a fluval 306.. my buddy gave it to me since he has no use for it anymore. It seems to work great! In the first compartment I have coarse food-grade packing sponges, in the second compartment it has a pre-installed coarse mechanical filter followed by seachem matrix followed by seachem purigen followed by fine filter floss. It's rated for 70US gallons and I have it throttled to about 75%.

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It is the way the ends hang out in space that would concern me . May stress the tank it's self . These tanks are designed to be supported along the long sides at the least . I know someone on here has posted about a breeder he knew that supported their tanks on metal pipes along the long sides , maybe they will chime in .
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That tank overhang is scary!
Otherwise, nice
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The tank will fail it needs to be supported around the entire perimeter.
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Thanks for the suggestion! I mistakenly picked it up from Petco as it was advertised for a 20 gallon...found out it's made for a 20 gallon tall and not a 20 gallon long.. Having said that I'm an engineering grad student and if my structural analysis was correct the stand itself shouldn't fail under the given load.. let's see if I was paying attention in my undergrad structures class, haha.
The stand will not fail , but as others have tried to tell you , the tank will if not supported correctly .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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