well i've had a nano with plants growing in it for a few months now, and i'm ready to upgrade to a 20g long (thats all i can fit in the house with all my other tanks), and i would like some help setting it up. I use cold sterile water, which the PH comes out to be 7.6. Here is the break down i am looking at doing.
Pressurized CO2 (1 bps, does that sounds ok?)
single bulb T5HO 67k (what brand do you recommend?)
Eheim 2215 with sponge over intake
Eheim Jager 75w heater
flourite black sand
Rootmedic root tabs
Rootmedic liquid ferts - 2 pumps every other day
glass diffuser for now, will get an inline soon
some thing thats red and grows taller, suggestions?
3 Green neons (might get more)
8 pygmy cories
I want to say with T5HO because i like the way the way they look. What can i use to make different levels in my tanks? look at the picture if you don't understand
Any suggestions, or opinions would be great. My layout is below.
Red = red plant
Blue = bylxa japonica
green = Staurogyne repens carpet
yellow= what to use to divide these levels with?
In reference to the "red" plants you want in the back corners: The problem with plant colors is that they'll come in differently depending on light level. When you choose your plants, make sure you do research on what light levels cause them to achieve a certain color.
What I thought was cryptocoryne wendtii (green) began growing brown/bronze leaves when I switched up to medium light and CO2, and some still unknown tiny rotala (I think) clippings I picked up had pink leaves, which all rotted away. They're growing wonderfully now, but all leaves are bright green.
Hey there - I believe you can get lava rock at the garden centers at places like Home Depot or Lowes. I got a huge bag there for not much $ but that was a couple of years ago so don't know if they still carry it.
I recently researched a setup almost exactly what you're looking at a few months ago. I have pressurized CO2 and run it at about 2.5 BPS and I get a nice green color on my DIY drop checker. As for lights I have 3 18W 6700K T8s running above my tank for 9 hours a day. This with the CO2 and ferts is more than enough light, I have excellent growth. Any other questions I might be able to help with too