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The filter you have isnt the best for flow rate, not too mention the mesh will slow it down a lot.
I'm also running a Fluval U3 on this tank as well. I might see if moving the location of the U3 will help. It is currently on the opposite end of the tank as the HOB, behind the DW.
 

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Make sure you get alot of C. Parva if you are looking for a good carpet.
When they say a slow grower they mean it. Often times too when it is first planted a good portion will melt. So buy more than you think that you need. I plan on making a Crypt only 20 long around Easter and thats what I plan on doing as well.
I like the HOB "pot" btw its pretty sweet!
Thank for the heads up about the Parva, I've had my eye of it since I got back into the hobby a couple years ago. Getting more then I think I'll need is definitely the plan!

The HOB still needs some attention, it could use some more plants. I'm pleased with its growth though!

What part of LA are you from?
 

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Johnson18's 20 Long With Planted HOB

So, messing around with my planted HOB really has me thinking. I am seriously considering adding a few hanging planters to this aquarium, I guess turning it into more of a riparium. I don't want to add so many that the plants in the substrate suffer a lack of light. I've checked out some of Hydrophyte's supplies and threads on the topic. I haven't figured out which plants I want to go with yet. Just kind of thinking out loud.
 

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Johnson18's 20 Long With Planted HOB

I picked up another 8 otos today, along with a small amount of dwarf water lettuce, and what I think is a pot of C. Parva. I say I think, because it had no tag, it could be some little bitty C. Lucens I suppose... ;) I'm ordering parva and shrimp over the next few days! Yay!
 

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Shrimp have been ordered!! 40 Painted Fire Red Shrimp from Sbarbee! I had originally been thinking about going with orange/pumpkin neos, but decided I'd see how the PFRs do, I can always set up another tank later, I mean I've got enough of a selection sitting around the house, 10, 20L, 20H, 50cube. Haha.
Gordon is checking his Parva stock for me, so we will see...
There are freakin otos everywhere!!! Haha... I may end up moving some into my 55.
 

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I'm thinking about adding a small powerhead to this tank to see if it will help with the mulm. I think the smallest power head any of my local stores stock is a 500 GPH. Will that be too large/too much flow? I think I'm gonna go ahead and grab one, if it does end up being too much I can order a smaller one and toss the 500 into my 55.
 

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I bought a simple water circulation pump today, smallest I could get was a 500GPH. My first thought is its WAY too much flow. I've been moving it around to try and get as much of the mulm off the substrate as possible, it seems to be working well. I cleaned out the Fluval filter, it was in need of a good cleaning as its not a real common occurrence.

I finally decided I am going to go ahead with the riparium plants! After a few messages back and forth with Devin/Hydrophyte he helped come up with a package for me. He was extremely helpful and very prompt with his responses to my barrage of questions. I told him what I was trying to achieve and he pointed me in the right direction. After looking through the list of compatible plants, I told him a couple that I thought would work. Devin came up with an idea for a group of plants and suggestions on how to plant them to create the best look. So, here are the plants that I've got on the way!

dwarf Cyperus
Laguncularia white mangrove
Lindernia - plant around white mangrove because the mangrove will grow slowly
Lysimachia 'Outback Sunset'
Ruellia 'Katie'
TWO Pilea aluminum plant
TWO Fittonia - one for trellis raft and one fore HOB
I'm pretty stoked about these plants and the prospect of turning this into more of a riparium! They will ship Tuesday, putting them here about Thursday!
 

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I've got tracking numbers for all packages that are on the way for this tank! Woo hoo!

I just went to town on Amazon. I purchased a TDS meter, pre-filter sponges, an API FW Master test kit along with a phosphate test, a fluval shrimp net as well as 00 gel capsules for osmocote root tabs! All just basic stuff, but I'm excited about it. Haha...

A quick update on the tank, circulation pump is way too strong! I've got canyons forming in my substrate. :/ I just keep redirecting the flow in hopes of clearing out more of the mulm. It's getting there. Dang, I guess I should have bought a smaller water circulation pump during my amazon shopping spree. Hahaha...
 

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A quick update on the tank, circulation pump is way too strong! I've got canyons forming in my substrate. :/ I just keep redirecting the flow in hopes of clearing out more of the mulm. It's getting there. Dang, I guess I should have bought a smaller water circulation pump during my amazon shopping spree. Hahaha...
It may not work for you, but one way I have found to reduce flow from a pump was to point it towards the glass. By the time the water bounces off the glass into multiple directions, it isn't as strong a current.
 

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I will give that a try as these shrimp are gonna get tossed around like a skiff offshore! Haha thanks for the suggestion!

It may not work for you, but one way I have found to reduce flow from a pump was to point it towards the glass. By the time the water bounces off the glass into multiple directions, it isn't as strong a current.
 

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So my shrimp arrived today, which is awesome! Super fast shipping! They look great too! Already bright red which is great considering most are pretty dang small. They are on a drip right now. I will post some pics of the whole process once it is complete.

I've gotta play with the powerhead prior to releasing the shrimp. See if I can calm the flow a little.
 

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You can also try angling the stream up at the water's surface to disperse it and that can create some nice ripples.

If you will have shrimp with a 500gph pump in the tank you will need a good intake sponge with a fine pore size.

Your box of riparium stuff is on the way.
 

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Well, I don't have to worry about the little power head too much today..... The ball that snaps into the suction cup mount broke off while adjusting the angle. I was barely applying pressure... I'll take it back the next time I'm out near petsmart.
 

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Your box of riparium stuff is on the way.
Wooooohoooooo!!! I seriously can't wait! I am extremely excited about the contents of that box! I'm going to be stalking the mail man like a kid waiting for Santa!

Thanks again for all your help figuring out a plan for my tank!
 

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Shrimp arrived, and many died once in the tank. Test kits showed up yesterday but it was a crazy day so I will be testing the water momentarily. All the riparium plants and supplies arrived too. They are planted and hung. Pics to follow!
 

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Johnson18's 20L PFRs With Planted HOB-Riparium Plants arrive this week!

So it's been a crazy few days. The PFRs arrived prior to my test kits. Which, unfortunately, meant that my incorrect params lead to many deaths. I spent most of my day today focusing on correcting water parameters. I used RO water mixed with a small amount of tap water to do a 50% water change, fixing my water issues.

While I don't see any shrimp, I know I didn't fish out anywhere near 40 dead shrimp. :/

On a good note, my riparium plants and supplies arrived from Devin! I planted everything late last night. Note to self, unpack everything prior to beginning planting! I got two planters planted before I found the root tabs. So I took them apart and added the root tabs. I planted things as suggested by Devin. I haven't decided if I like the arrangement of the planters yet. So I am open to suggestions!

I've gotta make new cables for hanging my light. The old level is too low, the only other height I can currently hang the light is way too high.

Now time for pics!

Well, it was time for pics, but my photo stream hasn't updated from my phone to my iPad.... So I guess I've gotta switch to my phone...
 
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