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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So basically I took some time, sold off my tanks, and moved away from the hobby. Some how I ended up back here.

Anyway here it goes....

20g Long de-rimmed
30.8 lbs of Fluval Stratum
6700k dual 23w CF bulbs in Ikea TERTIAL lamps
Ehiem 2213 Canister Filter
13mm Lily Pipes
5 lb CO2 tank
JBJ NanoZapp 3 Watt Inline UV Sterilizer
eBay CO2 diffuser, bubble counter, and check valve
eBay CO2 regulator

Dwarf Baby Tears
Dwarf Hair Grass
more on plants later!

Setup pics:

One pile of petrified rock

Modifying the lamps reflective capability:

Start by stripping the stickers off and cleaning with acetone

A can of this:

Before and After:

New painted reflector on the left and original on the right

Adding the scape:

Rocks kept falling, so I had to add some anchoring rocks :)

Plants are suppose to be in friday, so till then!

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Sorry for the delay guys! Since starting the tank I bought a new camera as the old one took a crap in the middle of planting. So unfortunately I don't have any pics of the first few weeks. The tank was cycled after 8 days and I added fish on the 18th of October.

10 Dwarf Hairgrass pots
20 Dwarf Baby Tears pots
6 Stems of Red Hornwort- soon to be gone

4 Licorice Gouramis
5 Micro Rasporas (Boraras Micros)
1 Unknown Tetra (he blends in with the gouramis and may think he is one)
4 Ghost Shrimp
2 Cory Cats
1 Horseface Loach

Bits came in from Amazon. The UV sterilizer was for this tank.

ADA Powder

Routing behind the tank

Different so no mixing up inflow and outflow

Sterilizer mounted up underneath


Solution for a bunch of tiny runners

Lily Pipes

Fast forward a couple of weeks

Plants have runners going

Did a trim the other night

Fish seem to love this

I've been fighting with the carpet. I think its a mixture of not enough light and not enough current. I'll be trying some experiments later this week to help.

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Very nice setup, love the pictures of the difference of the reflective paint difference. Really shows what some people don't realize how much it may change the light output. Good luck with getting the current and light mix to figure it out.

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Very nice, I love it!! Looks like the DHG are mixing in with the HC.

Is that a IKEA $20 coffee table you have your tank on?

I also feed me fish the Hakira Micro Pelets too and they love it.
Indeed it is. Surprising sturdy once you put it together with some glue. This is my second 20g long using this table. Works great!

That's great! Love that eheim filter too!
Me too. I do wish it was a bit stronger tho.

Wow I'm loving the light fixtures!
Speaking of them, a little teaser of the next update.

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