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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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After several years out of the hobby, I've started to put together an idea for a planted tank. I was hoping you guys could give me some feedback on my plan.

20 gal long
24" Satellite LED+ light
No pressurized CO2 (maybe a DIY reactor or API CO2 booster)
HOB AC Filter
Fluval Stratum substrate

Dwarf hairgrass or glosso

Trio of scarlet badis
A betta
Small pleco (BN)
Cherry shrimp, maybe a couple amano

Overall, would this plan work?

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The betta would most likely eat the shrimp & they usually don't play well with other fish.

I've read that all pleco's get too big for a 20g but don't know for sure.

I have 4 oto cat fish in my 20g long & love them.

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you may need some co2 for DHG. Unless your ok with waiting a long time for the carpet to complete. The Trio of scarlet badis would be awesome!

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My experience with hairgrass is that it's difficult to grow in a low-tech (no CO2) tank. It'll hang on for a long time and then die off. BUT, it's always worth a try.

I like the livestock choices! Badis are awesome. They, and bettas, are quite predatory, though, so I wouldn't expect cherry shrimp to last very long with them unless there are a lot of hiding places.

As for betta with other fish, I have always found that they settle down eventually and are not a problem with other fish. I have never lost a fish to a betta. I've found the bettas I've kept to be all bluff and no bite. Yes, I realize others may have different experiences. Personally, I think people don't give bettas enough time to mellow out. It takes a few days, and the bluffing might make you want to remove them before they mellow out, but stick it out, and you'll be fine.

I think you could definitely add more fish if you wanted, too, although I understand and appreciate a low-populated tank.

Good luck.
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Contrary to what most experiences, I had good luck with DHG in a low tech 10gal. I got 2 pots worth of DHG to carpet with eco-complete, dual 14W T8 bulbs (each in individual fixtures, it was awkward) and dosing excel and flourish, no C02. Hairgrass did very well for about 10 months.

It was a nice foreground for a while. I referred to the act of trimming it as "mowing my lawn." Unfortunately I had to break down the tank due to a move.

Definitely not a normal DHG experience, but every once and a while something just works when everything says it shouldnt.
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I've added a beta to 4 of my planted tanks with no issues whatsoever. But I didn't have shrimp trying to reproduce. They got along fine with the other inhabitants and they are so beautiful they are wonderful additions. Also the betas were living with cherry shrimps. For sure get amano shrimps as they will eat your algae. It's always good to keep a healthy crew of algae munchers
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