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Alright this is my first serious planted tank. I set it up in january 2014. Many changes have been made since then and I can say I am very pleased with the outcome so far.

Flora:
Rotala rotundifolia
Limnophilia aromatics
Jungle val and corkscrew val
Dwarf sag
Red and green crypt wendtii
Ludwigia sp red
Ludwigia repens
Ludwigia so.( possible arcuata)
Small anubias
Mixed moss
Vesuvias swords
Rotala macaranda narrow leaf( not sure got it as an roak and wasn't identified just guessing)
nasea red
Frogbit
Salvinia

Fauna:
6 golden pencil fish
5 habrosus Cory cats
Infinity guppies
3 pink glow fish
Red cherry shrimp
Soon to be crystal red shrimp
Goals- to thin out the guppies and have only a few males.
Work on the aquascape.

Equipment
5 lb co2 set up with a Milwaukee regulator.
20 gallon hob filter with a prefilter to prevent shrimp getting sucked in
Heater lol don't remember brand or size.
Led lighting. Mr aqua brand bought on eBay.
Also to get more light to the back of the aquarium I use to clip on light fixtures with cfls

substrate
Laterate with osmocote and capped with sand.

Now for the fun. Pictures. Starting with the before pics and ending with the current pics

sorry if the pics are not great. i only have a cell phone to work with at the moment.


the initial set up in january 2014


mid February 2014


current state of the aquarium.

at this point i feel like i have too many different species of plants. I think if i only had about half the amount of species in the tank it would look much better.
 

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Nice tank, but I would leave out the crystal reds...they will most likely not like your water chemistry if it is hard and alkaline enough for guppies.
 

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Nice tank, but I would leave out the crystal reds...they will most likely not like your water chemistry if it is hard and alkaline enough for guppies.
i dont know any of my water parameters other than ph it is currently sitting at 7.4 in your opinion is that too high for crs
 

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So its been a week and a half and my plants have grown great. Today I did a 40 percent water chamge and while I was abpout to leave for work I received some fissidens fontonus in the mail! Yeah! Here are some before and after pics. I think this tank is really coming along.

Before the water change and taking out 5 handfuls of frogbit and salvinia.



After the water change and trimmed one stem of sunset hygro


A pic from above the tank


A left side shot


A right side shot



And after adding the fissidens around the driftwood. This may be only a temporary placement because I'm setting up a shrimp tank and I may use it there.
 

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at this point i feel like i have too many different species of plants. I think if i only had about half the amount of species in the tank it would look much better.
I like "jungle" tanks, but it would definitely be a cleaner aquascape with some editing.

Either way- nice tank! :)

PS- I think something's up with your photo links in the post before this one...?
 

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Weird the pics are showing up for me? Any suggestions on bettering the aquascape are welcomed and encouraged. :)
 

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What tank is this? Is it the marineland by any chance? I am going to pick up a rimless 25G rimless plus stand tomorrow by marineland and I am looking for some second opinions.
 

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Yes its a marineland 25 gallon. I love the tank and stand combo. my only issue is it is a little wobbly. I would place the tank where it doesn't get much traffic. Every time someone walks by too quickly past the aquarium I get a little queesy
 
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