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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-07-2005, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow 20 Long advice: CO2, dosing, lights, everything

I am currently have a 20 Long tank setup that I am setting for breeding crs shrimp and bumblee bee. The idea apart from breeding shrimp is to keep my plant trimmings alive until I am able to sell them. Also I would like to grow some plants here as well. I want to be able to grow mainly any plants ~3wpg.

What would you suggest for the following:

- Lights
- Co2
- Substrate
- Dosing

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lights: 65 watt pc fixture (I'm a big fan of coralife aqualights)

CO2 pressurized will keep the growth steady and your fert uptake in check


EI...follow Craig's (Wolfenexxx) advice on the sticky in "water parameters" ...the base dosing schedule is set up for a 20g high light tank.

Don't you already have a tank up and running? If you have a bigger one (58g) all it would take is half or so of what you're dosing currently to maintain a 20

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i have a 25 gallon long (36" wide) that is my planted display tank. The hardest part was finding lights in the correct wattage range that also fit the tank width. Most of the lighting for this size tank was around 96 watts, which was more than I wanted to go. I finally found one that is 60 watts that goes the full length of the tank, I had two 2-liters of DIY CO2 going which worked okay, but much better now that I have pressurized CO2 with a little internal reactor. I don't dose macros, but I do add micros (I use ferro-vit by HW, which has everything but potassium which I think I may need to add). I have apistos, bristlenose plecos, otocinclus, cardinals and blue tetras, amano shrimp and cherry shrimp. Very easy going tank that grows a lot of plants and fish babies.

p.s. forgot to add, the substrate is 100% flourite (took 2 bags if i remember correctly). Tank is a couple years old. Oh and I just have a small HOB filter mostly for mechanical cleanup.
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