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Hello Everyone,

It's new tank time! Stoked to upgrade from my 12g, a custom built 20g (30x12x12in)

Here's the short lived 12g (tore it down after 2.5 months)

Starting setup:

- Aquaclear 20 filter
- X Brand internal powerhead/filter
- Finnex fugeray 20" LED
- Nutrafin co2 natural plant system
- Light & co2 timer

Added/changed:

- Finnex fugeray planted+ 30" LED


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Setting it up on March 29, 2014

Arrived & inspection:



Test flood & driftwood placing:



Found a great way to diffuse co2 with the new filter/powerhead:



Hardscape test #2:

 

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March 31, 2014

Substrate got here, first time using fluorite!



Substrate in, flooded & hardscape testing:



Plants in, I moved the old filter from the 12g, so fish in (a few guppies) to keep the filter bacteria alive:



Another angle:

 

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Bit of a long update but a lot happened over the last 2 weeks.

After getting the finnex planted+, I kept my lighting period and everything the same. Big mistake on a new tank. Algae started growing everywhere (hair and green spot mostly):



Decided to step up the game against algae, got some glossostigma, more dhg and a couple of small blyxa japonicas:

Planting Glosso:



Planting DHG:



End result:





More plants didn't slow down algae as I expected so had to step up my game.

Installed a second DIY bottle for more & consistent co2:



resulted in almost yellow drop checker which made me happy and the plants:



My otto's are getting fat

 

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Along with Co2 I cut the photoperiod by 2 hours (now 6-7 in total), cut feeding to once a day (resulted in lower nitrates) and went with the one-two punch algae treatment.

Still too early to see results but crossing fingers I'll win this fight.

Oh and currently waiting for an eheim ecco pro canister I ordered from amazon, I feel lack of proper filtration is causing ammonia spikes.
 

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Week 4 update - rescape!

Found some driftwood I liked and went for a rescape, removed rocks in place for some dark wood for more contrast. Here's the layout:



End result:







now to wait until it grows in!

Oh and the one-two punch algae treatment was a huge success. Almost all traces of algae gone now!
 

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Week 7 update

A lot has happened in the last few weeks, biggest change was swapping out the HOB and internal filter to a Eheim Ecco Pro cannister (loving it!), switched to an inline diffuser and added a bigger DIY co2 bottle. Everything growing in nicely, but I'm getting the itch for a rescape.

Pics after yesterday's trim:





Co2 being diffused:



Happy dropchecker:

 
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