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20 Gallon Tank Help

Hey all, so I've spent a lot of birthday money and some personal money in greatly upgrading a 20 gallon tank into a planted tank. I've bought flourite black sand as well as a finnex ray2 ds light. I also have a co2 system ready to get installed. Everything is scheduled to arrive by thursday so I still have a few days to do more research.

My plan is to make a carpet of dwarf hair grass, with a 'tower' of driftwood with christmas moss, java fern and anubius nana growing on it. I also have some funky plant I don't know the name of, but its a nice deep purple when there's high enough iron levels (which I have flourish iron suppliments for).

I've had the driftwood for about a week now, and its been sitting in a bucket getting waterlogged, as well as removing all the tannins.

I do have a few questions. First, whats the easiest way to get the dwarf hair grass to grow? I have some in another tank which I've had for a while and it barely seems to grow. Should I add some root tabs to the substraite? I've read places about 'dry planting' can anyone give me an idea as to what that is and if it works? Should I plant what hairgrass I have in one large patch or break it up and plant small bunches all over?

Also, once I have the carpet grown, will the tank have any need for bottom feeders. Currently the tank which I'll be redoing, has a stripped raphael catfish, and 4 cory catfish. Should I leave them in, or will they damage the carpet, or worse die? Is there any bottom feeders/algea eaters you'd reccommend?

Any other advice would be appreciated.
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Looks like you are off to a good start with your planted tank, good luck. I might make a suggestion that you look into dry fertilizers and EI dosing. It will save you a lot of money over the prepared ferts you are using and also when you do your research you will see that it will give you more control over what and how you dose.

As for the DHG, the biggest thing that I found in getting mine started is to make sure you plant the individual plugs deep enough. I started out thinking I just needed to get the roots down and ended up chasing flying plants all over the tank. When I planted them deeper they started taking off like crazy. It sounds like you have enough light so that will help. I have cories in my tank and they haven't uprooted the grass. My MTS do seem to bother it a little. I don't know about your other fish.

Hope this helps, as you have seen there is plenty of help available and a lot of experienced and smart people that will jump in and answer your questions when they come up.

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