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WylieFish
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PostPosted: 2010.09.29(Wed)9:13    Post subject: 20 Gallon Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

Here is my 20 gallon community fish aquarium. I currently have the following fish: 1 female Platy, 1 female Guppy, a bunch of baby guppies and platies that I am growing and giving away to my friends/neighbors, 2 Bronze Corydoras, and 1 Otocinclus. My plants consist of Anacharis, Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss, and Vallisnerias. As you can see in the right-hand corner of the tank, they spread very rapidly. I originally started out with 7 individual plants from Ebay back in March 2010. Since then, I have had to thin them out several times.



I wanted to zoom in closer to the Java Fern to show how it has attached and is now spreading on the piece of Mopani driftwood. I don't have any CO2 going into my tank at this time, but I do give my plants Seachem Flourish and Iron. I do 30%-40% water changes regularly every 3 weeks.

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I do not have my 2" angelfish in the aquarium due to a possible bacterial/fungal disease (milkyish-white on fins). I am treating it in my quarantine tank at this time, but I hope to put it back in there in a week or so.

Feel free to make tips and suggestions on my aquarium. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2010.09.29(Wed)11:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking tank!
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PostPosted: 2010.09.29(Wed)13:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it! But just a suggestion, but maybe add some more hardscape or plants? It looks very open.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.29(Wed)18:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are you thinning out the vallis?

When you first plant it you put the plants apart as it is impossible to get them to hold in the substrate if too close together but then you let the plants infill naturally.

Just take out runners that go to areas you don't want the plants in.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.29(Wed)23:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to thin out the Vals in order for more light to get to them. Since I only have 1 15watt plant bulb, I need to make sure that all the growth on the top does not shade the bottom plants.

Caton, do you mean to put more driftwood in the foreground, rather than more plants?
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PostPosted: 2010.09.30(Thu)1:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that's just what he means. Driftwood or rocks... It'll help take away the flat look of everything being on the same level. Find a piece of rock or a decoration that goes up halfway to three quarters of the way of the tank.

I like the look of it so far!
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PostPosted: 2010.09.30(Thu)1:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that is what I mean.

If you trim the vals that hit the surface, you might have some more light reach all of the other tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.30(Thu)1:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

New runners within the thicket get nutrition from their parent plants so you don't have to thin out.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.30(Thu)2:44    Post subject: Hardscape in Front Reply with quote

I have been thinking about sticking a larger piece of driftwood in the front for quite a while. Maybe I'll try Malaysian driftwood instead of the Mopani to add some variety to the tank. If I do place another piece of driftwood in the tank, I plan on attaching some of my Java Moss to the upper part of it to provide some additional cover for the baby guppies and platies.
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PostPosted: 2010.10.01(Fri)4:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW WOW WOW I wish I could get my vals that tall...They seem to go more east and west than NORTH. Is there anything you do to encourage Northernly growth.
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