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Should I Start?

I have a 20g long at my house, and after reading up A LOT I think im ready to start my planted aquarium, although I still do have a lot of questions and im seeking some advice from more experienced people.

What i plan to achieve, I'm hopping to get a nice carpet (i know its hard but im willing to try), some driftwood and rocks, with anubias on the driftwood and some nice background plants. Really looking to achieve nice lush green plants.


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20g long
EHEIM Canister filter(haven't decided on a model so any suggestions?)Planning to make a DIY CO2 (are they as good as YouTube comments hype them up to be?)
3 bags of eco complete
T5 lights, I still need info on this and which ones I should go with. As a carpet plant im looking at dwarf baby tears or HC.

I'm planning on finding driftwood, for leeching tannins im going to boil it and soak it. How long would you guys suggest soaking it for? Not to waterlog it but just to leech tannins.

The last question I have is about ferts, I realistically dont know much. Which ones would you suggest dosing and why?

Thanks a bunch for any help, ill keep reading and learning. Once I get it going ill have weekly pictures
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sounds like are solid game plan and the extra effort in research will certainly pay off huge in the end

-for my driftwood i boiled it for an hour or so and soaked it for about a week, im sure they all will vary but i haven't had a major tannin issue so i feel good about that

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When you first start your not gonna have much plant mass unless you buy alot of plants. At first your gonna have some melting, and cycling and all that good stuff that makes you think your failing at first, but your not its the natural order of things.

Customer Reviews for the old ehiem I used to use on my 26gallon bow long time ago.
http://www.amazon.com/Classic-External-Canister-Filter-Gallons/product-reviews/B0002AQXV8
This is amazing lighting section of our own forums:
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And as far as ferts you wont need them right away till your plant mass is done melting and regrowing and tank is basicly cycled. For a newbie I wouldnt even bother doing the dry ferts thats a whole other lesson in chemistry! lol
Try something like this would be better for begginers
Freshwater plant fert packs

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Get your ducks in a row before starting, do not keep making the mistake I keep making of jumping the gun LOL. Not that I have done any damage or caused any problems, but it is a headache to re-do or re-scape because you got impatient.

Read read read. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

If your tank is in a public area, like an office, and people ask you why you spend so much time on water changes and tests and making sure everything is as perfect as can be for a Betta that should be able to live in a 1gal bowl, just nod your head LOL.


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If your tank is in a public area, like an office, and people ask you why you spend so much time on water changes and tests and making sure everything is as perfect as can be for a Betta that should be able to live in a 1gal bowl, just nod your head LOL.

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sounds like are solid game plan and the extra effort in research will certainly pay off huge in the end

-for my driftwood i boiled it for an hour or so and soaked it for about a week, im sure they all will vary but i haven't had a major tannin issue so i feel good about that
Thanks! I've got to go out and find some to start the process
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When you first start your not gonna have much plant mass unless you buy alot of plants. At first your gonna have some melting, and cycling and all that good stuff that makes you think your failing at first, but your not its the natural order of things.

Customer Reviews for the old ehiem I used to use on my 26gallon bow long time ago.
Eheim Classic External Filter

This is amazing lighting section of our own forums:
LED Lighting Compendium

And as far as ferts you wont need them right away till your plant mass is done melting and regrowing and tank is basicly cycled. For a newbie I wouldnt even bother doing the dry ferts thats a whole other lesson in chemistry! lol
Try something like this would be better for begginers
Freshwater plant fert packs
Great lighting thread and I work at a fish store so we carry all the excel fert, and lucky for me, at a discounted price I'll have to look into that once I get my tank started. Thanks for the help !
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for a Betta that should be able to live in a 1gal bowl, just nod your head LOL.
or for the wife who can't figure why a 1 gallon betta bowl could consume so much time, just nod your head


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Get your ducks in a row before starting, do not keep making the mistake I keep making of jumping the gun LOL. Not that I have done any damage or caused any problems, but it is a headache to re-do or re-scape because you got impatient.

Read read read. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

If your tank is in a public area, like an office, and people ask you why you spend so much time on water changes and tests and making sure everything is as perfect as can be for a Betta that should be able to live in a 1gal bowl, just nod your head LOL.
That's exactly what I plan to do. I'm setting up the tank in my house, I'm only 17, but I think I have a firm grasp on things. Obviously I'm not a professional, nor do I consider myself one, but I am not rushing into this. I've read up that I should invest in the correct equipment so I don't have to go out and buy better lights or a better filter. I've had my 20 gallon sitting at home for about 2 weeks, watching it as I research, and I'm supper eager to get started but I'm making sure to take time with the research. I want to do this right. As far as a DIY CO2 system goes do you or anyone else reading this have any input on the topic?

Thanks a bunch for helping me out!
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As far as a DIY CO2 system goes do you or anyone else reading this have any input on the topic?
drill the holes smaller then the airline hose and squeeze it in, should be airtight without any sealant but could add some for good measure

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drill the holes smaller then the airline hose and squeeze it in, should be airtight without any sealant but could add some for good measure
Thanks, I'll probably follow a youtube tutorial on it.

How well do they work in comparison to an actual store bought system?
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oh, they for sure work

the consistency is an issue at times and you must keep up on changing it out when it starts to slow down

i had one on a 20 long before, this time around im opting for the pressurized

keep on posting your results, it will be great to follow along

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oh, they for sure work

the consistency is an issue at times and you must keep up on changing it out when it starts to slow down

i had one on a 20 long before, this time around im opting for the pressurized

keep on posting your results, it will be great to follow along
Once I get it started I'll definitely post about it, keep an eye out for it in the tank journal section in about 2 weeks. Thanks for everything!
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