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Hi!

I started my very first aquarium about three months ago.

20 gallons.
AquaticLife dual T5 HO fixture.
Eco-complete substrate.

Can't afford a CO2 system. Poor college student.

Currently trying to coax a carpet out of a bunch of pearl weed.

Nice to meet you!

I'm not really sure I understand the rules regarding picture sizes and all that, but here's my tank!
 

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Yeah, every other day I add Excel, iron, and potassium. I spend a bit of time every day pruning, and do water changes twice a week.

Thanks! I'm pleased with how healthy everything is. I'm still experimenting with plants, seeing how they grow and work together. So, stylistically, I'm not super satisfied with the layout. But I'm sure I'll get the hang of that eventually!
 

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Hi @Faenum,

Welcome! There are several PNW plantheads on the forum and we are always glad to see more. That is a nice 20 gallon, I think I see Water Wisteria ((Hygrophila difformis), java fern (Microsorum pteropus), Ludwigia repens, and a few other species.....nice start! If you get down to Seattle area every once and a while we can offer some names of LFS to check out.

If you have any questions just ask, we're here to help.
-Roy
 

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Yes! When I-5 cooperates, it's just an hour and a half drive south to Seattle. I'd love some recommendations from you.

Since installing my new lighting system, everything seems very...green. Starkly green. I'm enamored of the vivid red on the underside my ludwigia's leaves, and am anxious to stuff some more red there. Unfortunately, my LFS displays a ton of beautiful scarlet plants that they refuse to sell! Display only, apparently. If you could point me in the direction of someone willing to sell, I'd be much obliged!

The wisteria is a brand new addition as of this afternoon. I'm hoping it'll grow a bit taller and fill in the back.

Bump: (Quick technical question - do I have to tag someone with their username in order for them to see I've responded to their post? Would @cmeister know I'd said anything without a tag?)
 

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Hi @Faenum,

For good prices on a nice selection of healthy fish, and the more common plants, I recommend Aquarium-Coop in Edmonds.
For the more unusual fish and plant species I recommend Aquarium Zen just north of the University of WA by a couple of miles; more pricy but very nice stuff. Here is a recent thread on TPT about the store.
A couple other good shops in the area are Denny's Pet World in Totem Lake and Sierra Fish and Pets in Renton.

By the way, all of the above shops give a discount to GSAS members. If you haven't checked out the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society (GSAS) you may want to. You might not make it to a lot of meetings where we host national and international speakers but members have access to our GSAS video library with talks by planted tank experts like Christel Kasselman, Karen Randall, and Kris Weinhold as well as other fish specialists like Gary Lange, Ted Judy, Mike Wise, Dick Au, Ad Konings, and a bunch of others.

Unless a TPT member is subscribed to a thread then the only way to 'bump' them and let them know you have included their name in a reply is @Username

Christel Kasselmann at GSAS Sept, 2012
 
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