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A Petsmart employee's tanks

Thought I would show you guys my 20L and 20H tanks. I am trying to accomplish a dutch scape in both tanks and they are coming along nicely but some things still need to grow in.

20L
Equipment: 1 fluval 305 canister
Lighting: two 30" coralife t5 fixtures. (2 6700k bulbs, 2 10,000k bulbs)
Substrate: ecocomplete
flora:
Crypt wendtii bronze
limnophila aromatic
brazilian pennywort
bacopa carolinia
rotala wallichi
alternanthera reineckii
staro repens
blyxa japonica
crypt wendtii green
ludwigia cuba
ammania gracilis
rotala rotundafolia
Fauna:
black neon tetras

20H
Equipment: 1 Nat Geo cf50 (ehiem ecco) canister, 1 PennPlax undertow ugf with an aquaclear 802 power head on reverse flow (oldschool)
Lighting: 1 Coralife dual T12 fixtue (1 6700K bulb, 1 plant&aquarium bulb), 1 20" Metaframe light with 2 2700K cfl bulbs
Substrate: Floramax and inert Top Fin gravel
Flora:
limnophilia aromatica
crypt wendtii red
pogostemon gayi
subwassertang moss
hygro pinnatifida
red foxtail
rotala rotundafolia
hygro polysperma
alternanthera reineckii
chain sword
green foxtail
Fauna:
large school of neon/blue neon tetras
1 black orchid betta

Both tanks run on pressurized Co2 with a relatively high bubble count.

I noticed that some people wonder about the petsmart TC plant packets and I can ensure you that they are well worth the money. All of that bacopa, alternanthera, staro, and most of the crypts came from those packs
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Nice tanks! Definitely keep a journal going with both of them.
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Those plants look happy! Keep up the good work!


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beautiful contrast on colors !
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Just joking for sure but...so there's two Petco's which have a person knowledgeable
in aquariums ?
Have one by me. Great to know actually.
But if you might match a name for me ? In the 20T tank...far left and looks like gold color guppy grass...
Is that the "pogostemon gayi" ?

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Yes. Don't covet it - one of the most dangerous weed I have ever encountered. It spreads laterally by shoots that have the ability to go under bushy plants without throwing up very visible stems then one day you will find them growing all over your tank not only in the open areas but sending out stems through the well manicured bushes of other plants. Its **** of a task keeping them in check especially in large tanks like mine (1000L+).
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Precisely matches my "guppy grass" analogy then...LOL...
Thanks a gazillion...

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beautiful! one day my tanks will look like this.

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@ essabee You are correct about gayi. That plant has been shooting runners underneath that rock with the subwassertang anchored to it. When I first put it in the tank, it was really out of control but its not as crazy now. However, that Polysperma grows just as bad as the gayi did. You gotta really be on the ball with trimming polysperma or becomes a tangled mess.

@ Raymond S Its hard to find other associates at other Petsmarts/petcos that know fish and plants but they are out there but are far and few between. The petco by me had a very knowledgeable aquatics manager but when he left the store went down the tube.

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Just to clear up confusion, the plant is actually "potamogeton gayi" not pogostemon. Great looking tanks. I especially like the 20l, but I am partial to long tanks
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Just to clear up confusion, the plant is actually "potamogeton gayi" not pogostemon. Great looking tanks. I especially like the 20l, but I am partial to long tanks
I agree I really like the 20l the 20h is nice as well. Keep up the great work!

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