Hello everyone, this is among my first ever forum posts and definitely my first post on this website. Been a long time reader and thanks to the forums and generous teachings of members, I've (somewhat) successfully set up my FIRST ever all natural, planted tank. Consider this my introduction.
I set up my 20 gallon in this order with apparent success: substrate>water>filter/heater>plants>cycling>first 4 fish>two weeks in I set up DIY C02.
Personal comments/reflection: my tank is in the final stages of cycling at the moment, and I'm excited to add more species of fish. The rocks are less than ideal but I like them for the simplicity of the tank after I gathered the from a local beach in SoCal. I don't recommend the heater I have, although its perfectly functional and economic ($14), its an eye sore on the layout. Generally speaking I'm very happy with my new tank and proud of myself because its been a completely new ( and fun!) process.
Here is my product list and details of my tank:
Tank Dimensions: 24x12.5x17 (20 tall)
Substrate: Eco-Complete (20lbs x2)
Lighting: Odyssea 20 inch 72W T5HO
(Usually run 2 out of 4 lights- 36 watts of T5HO till I get more plants)
Fertilizer: Seachem's "Flourish Excel"
Filter: AquaClear 30
Heater: Aquatop 100W submersible heater
C02: Do-It-Yourself, 2 liter C02 with Aquaman diffuser
Background: Black w/ Vaseline for bright appearance
Plant Species: Stargrass (Heteranthera zosterfolia)-Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)-Ludwigia Palustris-and three more aquatic, unidentified plants. Will update ASAP.
Fish species: Zebra Danios (Harlequin Rasbora, Three-Spotted Blue Gourami- soon to come)
My point in all this is to contribute to the site by naming my setup and displaying the results. Also, I would GREATLY appreciate any CONSTRUCTIVE feedback or criticism so I may improve my little aquatic garden. Specifically, if anyone knows any plant species that could fill up the free space I have in the tank and still look awesome, that would be great!! Background, mid ground and maybe your ideal carpet plant (that would flow with my tank) would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone!