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Hey everybody. I will sooner or later have to tear down my 5g tank (link in sig), but I have a 28g that I just emptied and and I have a vision for. It was inspired by user "ebileth" and her 29g which can be found here http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=649002 .
Here are my plants.
Light- PC fluorescent screw-ins.
Substrate- MGOPS and pool filter sand.
Hardscape- Lava Rock, maybe some obsidian. I would like a piece of cholla wood for the shrimp community to hang out in.
Ferts- None to start. I plan to go EI later on.
Fish- I want a big school of a type of tetra, a clean up crew consisting of otos, shrimp, and snails, and a few "centerpiece" fish like dwarf guoramis or something. This part may change!!
Plants- I'm going to use plants from my 5g, so I will have Java fern and hygrophilia corymbosa stricta. I would also like to add blyxa japonica, s. repens, Lindernia rotundifolia, and some sort of floating plant.
I've been building a light for this, it's nothing special. Here's a few pics


I plan to add a third lamp to the fixture. The bulbs in there right now are 13w 6500k, but I feel that because of the 19" depth of the tank I will need more wattage. It will be trial and error I suppose.
That's all for now. Don't expect an update for a while, because I need to gather all the supplies, but I wanted to write this out as sort of my "game plan" that you can expect.
 

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I've found a lot of free lava rock on Craigslist, but all of it is located really far away from me. Right now it seems that will be the first step. I've already decided I won't rush this tank, I really want to nail the hardscape and go for the atmosphere I have in my mind. I want a sense of height, as if the mountain I'm shooting for is actually massive in the tank, and for some hidden intricacies like caves and a forest-like area where creatures can hide. I will sketch up my idea and share it tonight. Thanks for looking!
 

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Are you sure its not a 29g? (30" x 12" x 18")

3 13w's would be the ticket for that tall tank. My 20h is 16" tall and I think my dual 13 w's is just enough for my low light Crypts. I pulled out the Blyxa earlier today because they were looking a bit raggedy. I'm guessing not enough light.
 

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You should definitely add apistos as your main center fish. They'll definitely bring some personality to your tank :D.
I was thinking dwarf guoramis, or peacock gudgeons. I want something with a lot of color without too much size. Apistos do look cool, but they aren't quite doin' it for me :p
 

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Are you sure its not a 29g? (30" x 12" x 18")

3 13w's would be the ticket for that tall tank. My 20h is 16" tall and I think my dual 13 w's is just enough for my low light Crypts. I pulled out the Blyxa earlier today because they were looking a bit raggedy. I'm guessing not enough light.
I just used a different calculator that told my my tank was 29.6g, so apparently I do. :)
 

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I was thinking dwarf guoramis, or peacock gudgeons. I want something with a lot of color without too much size. Apistos do look cool, but they aren't quite doin' it for me :p
Aw, but I love apistos haha. Anyways, if you're thinking about dwarf gouramis, try out the paradise fish, excellent color. Peacock gudgeons are great fish, but they're actually really tiny in the beginning.
 

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Aw, but I love apistos haha. Anyways, if you're thinking about dwarf gouramis, try out the paradise fish, excellent color. Peacock gudgeons are great fish, but they're actually really tiny in the beginning.
I looked those up and it says they are semi-aggressive. But I doubt you could find a fish that would sway me from dwarf guoramis :p they are just too colorful. I'm really excited to have a dedicated clean up crew too, I'm glad that with a bigger tank I'll actually have more than 5 inhabitants.
 

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I looked those up and it says they are semi-aggressive. But I doubt you could find a fish that would sway me from dwarf guoramis :p they are just too colorful. I'm really excited to have a dedicated clean up crew too, I'm glad that with a bigger tank I'll actually have more than 5 inhabitants.
They're semi-aggresive towards species of their own kind and during cases of when they are breeding. Otherwise, apistogrammas can be quite tame, with some being better community fish than others. I wanna get a pair of trifasciata, which are one of the much smaller apistos that do well in a community tank.
 

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I've had dwarf gourami's and they've all not made it. I've heard there's bad breeding with them and they have a disease that effects only that breed (the striped ones)

If you're keen on them, I like the sunset honeys. I've had them for years and I absolutely love them!



 

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I got the lava rock. I need to scrub it, boil it, soak it, etc. before I can start hardscaping, but at least I found some that I like. I took my last 2 finals today so I have a little more time for this tank, hoping to have it "started" by next week. Started meaning scaped, dirted, capped, and filled. And semi planted.
 
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