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Ok here's the plan:

20L Dirty!

Hardware:

-20L from Petco
-MGOP ( Miracle Gro Organic Potting mix
-Black Diamond blasting sand 20-40
-2 clip on light fixtures/reflectors from Harbor Freight
-2 Sylvania 13watt CFL 6.5k
-Marineland Biowheel 150 filter
-Sponge filter

Flora:

-Anubias Frazeri (too big for this tank!)
-Baby Tears on lava rock
-Anubias Nana
-Dwarf Hairgrass

Chems:

-API CO2 booster
-API Leaf Zone
-Seachem Prime
-Nutrafin Cycle

Keep in mind this is a "test" tank in my garage. Once it is established and I can confirm growth is possible I may scape this and plant this properly.

Some pics:

The garage set-up



Dirt in:



Black Diamond in:




Plants and wood in:



Flood:




Has you can see the manzanita decided to float and some 2 of the Frazeris floated too. The roots on this guys are way too big, gonna have to replace those. Right now , the filters are doing their thing , so in the meantime I have to find more plants to put in there and will probably upgrade the CFLs to 26 watters. Stay tuned...
 

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Awesome! 20L is a great size

2x13W cfls in shop lights is the same setup I've ended up using my for 20L and I've had good success growing lilaeopsis as well as most basic stems, vals, ferns etc so I suspect what you're doing will work fine.

If you do decide to add more light, a third 13 may be a better option then increasing the size of the ones you have since it may allow better coverage and gives interesting options like a noon burst if you want to play around.
 

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Update:

-Got some red crypts and a piece of driftwood with attached anubias. The wood got lost in there so I'm going to add some rocks soon.

-Added a 3rd shoplight has suggested, much improvement on overall illumination. ;)

-Water is still kinda cloudy, want to add some Clearmax to the HOB , but I have not tested parameters yet ( lazy :sleep:)

-Temp was up in 85 . Stopped by W.mart and bought a clip on fan, temp dropped to 80 in a matter of minutes . Fan stays. :proud:



Stay tuned
 

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I never have any luck with dirt capped with sand. Always causes BBA and hiar algae in about two months, but when i use fine gravel to top it off it works perfect! No algae and healthy plants. Hopefully you will have better luck than me!
 

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UPDATE!!!

Added some fauna and flora:

Fauna :

7- Neon tetras
2- Male endlers
4- White Clouds
2- Amanos
2- Refugee Assasin snails from my tore down 2.5
?- The usual pond snails pooping everywhere

Flora:

- Red Ludwigia
- Random Cabomba
- Stargrass
- Lemon something ( i forgot the rest of the name)
- Java Fern

Equipment:

- Added a cheap 7 dollar water pump from Harbor Freight for circulation, works perfect.
-Will be upgrading the Aquaclear 20 to maybe a 50.
-Added some Pagoda stones, nice touch to the boring scape. I still suck at scaping :-(


NOTES:

- The DHG is going all over the place, there's runners everywhere
- 1 of my Amanos committed suicide, and fell in the empty 20L bellow dont ask me how that happened
- I had a Tiger Barb refugee in the breeder recuperating from a beating he got from my Green barb. He then decided to jump into the main 20L and hang out with the smaller fish. I allowed him to hang around until I caught him harassing one of the Endlers. I snatched his ass out and threw him back in the breeder and put the lid on. I'm going to have to get rid of those barbs, they don't play well with others.





Sorry for the weird looking pics, my "good" camera was stolen by my sister in law to take pics of Mandalorians at Star Wars Celebration :)
 

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Long overdue update !!

First the pics:







The details:

Has you can see, lots of changes here

1. First the hairgrass is gone, all of it. Got tired of the half assed look. I pulled out some crazy runners though.

2. Added a few more plants. please dont ask me the names cuse I always forget, if you can identify them more power to you. I like those red bushy stems great contrast with the green.

3. Found a Whisper 60 at a thrift shop. $3, amazing. Lots of volume filtering without the surface trashing. Adjustable flow too. Love it.

4. Downgraded to 13watt bulbs, and added a lights out period to the timer midday too much algae . Hopefully the next thing below will take care of it.

4. The major change , pressurized CO2!! 5lbs tank , Smiths single stage regulator , cheap Lowes needle valve ( got some SMC AS2200 on the way) , bubble wand diffusing ( glass diffuser/bubble counter on the way) . Its a bit hack right now , but its doing the job. Need to grab a drop checker, pronto.

Added fauna:

1. Crown tail betta ( Walmart rescue)
2. One banded and one spotted Nerites.
3. 8 ghosties on the breeder HOB

That's it!! Comments appreciated ...
 

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It's looking good.
Its still a bit chaotic, the plants are everywhere. You cannot tell foreground from background, but I kinda like it. The fish love it . I already need to trim, that CO2 really kicked in and I can see tiny bubble streams coming out of the leaves.Awesome!
 
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