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So I got married last September :icon_surp and got a new apartment and downgraded my 125g cichlid tank to a 20L low tech planted tank.

Hardware:
Tank - 20L with glass top
Lighting: -Coralife 36W T5 (2x18W)
Filter - Aquaclear 50 with black sponge inlet filter
Substrate - Seachem Flourite 2-3"
Heater - None (room stays around 72F)

Fauna:
1 Chinese Algae Eater
2 Celestial Pearl Danio (died - could the algae eater have been the culprit??)
5 Amano shrimp

Flora:
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
HC (Hemianthus callitrichoides)
Telanthera (Alternanthera reineckii)

I grew the DHG and HC in emersed form starting on January 9th, with slow steady growth. I finally got it filled with water about a month ago and expected the HC to melt away since I wasnt doing CO2 injection, but it has been doing pretty well. I dose Flourish Excel 1-2 times weekly. The plan is to get more plants, maybe some anubias? Anyway here are some pictures of the progress.

January 9th:







January 29th:


March 28th:




 

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I grew the DHG and HC in emersed form starting on January 9th
got it filled with water about a month ago
expected the HC to melt away since I wasn"t doing CO2 injection
Seems that the Co2 from the air helped the plants adapt to the ecosystem.
Interesting. I shall try that too.
 

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Good to hear that your hc didn't melt. Hopefully mine will transits that well too :p Are you dosing excel per recommendation? or under/over dose?
 

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4/3/12 Update

Added some Ludwigia repens from eBay






My amano shrimp are destroying the Telanthera (Alternanthera reineckii)!!!
They must love how it tastes because they are eating it like crazy!

 
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