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    SCAPE Member Jr. SCAPEr markgutin's Avatar
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    Overdue 20 Gallon

    Hi all,

    After asking a multitude of question on this forum and high tech planted a group of FB, I present my attempt at getting back into the hobby.I'm a student at UCLA and this tank has to be easy to maintian. The primary purpose wasn't to "scape" as much as it was to experiment and keep plants that I like alive lol

    Tank: UNS rimless tank roughly 20 gallons
    Co2: 10 gallon pressurized, Inline atomizer by up aqua and a $100 horticulture Co2 regulator ( might upgrade in the future).
    Light: Twinstar S-Series Planted 24" with a inline dimmer bought from European store called aquarium gardens UK
    Stand: God bless IKEA with a 2x4 modification to keep it stable.
    Filter: Fluval 306 with lily pipes
    Heater: Hydor inline 24 watt
    Soil: ADA Amazonia
    Nutrients: Thrive .. I want to start EI in the future but didn't have time to properly research
    Plants: TC Altern. Reickni Mini, UG . Aquatic: Super red, Monte Carlo, an unkown and java fern.

    Here is a crappy iPhone pics but hopefully better pics to come:

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    Nice looking 60P. You're off to a great start!

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    Looking good, looking forward to seeing plants fill in more.

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    Looks like a great start. I'm curious about that stand: do you have a link for it, and what mods did you make?

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    Heck of a start...great looking setup!

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    Also a UCLA student - Great college tank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barliman View Post
    Looks like a great start. I'm curious about that stand: do you have a link for it, and what mods did you make?
    I got it from IKEA and I can't remember the name and tried looking for it. The "mod" I made was taking a 2x3 piece of wood and attaching it in the back diagonally to prevent the stand from shaking side to side like it was when I filled it up with water.

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    An awesome meeting yesterday and it was a pleasure meeting all of you. My girl enjoyed it too. Special shout out to @cole85 and @Zenzu for your help, it was much appreciated.

    I added some pogo, downoi and a red brownie bucephalandra. I added crystal blue shrimp and some pumpkins. Did a temporary mod of putting pantyhose over the intake to prevent the little guys from getting sucked up.

    Cole literally gave me a rundown of how to keep shrimp in about 10 min so that definitely saved me a lot of time for research Your shrimp are looking really good man !!!!!

    I turned the LED down a bit about 4 clicks because I was starting to see some signs of diatoms and gree spot algae of the glass.

    TDS: 120
    PH:6.7
    GH: 6
    KH:4
    Ammonia: 0.25 ( i think its from the tissue cultured leaves dying and changing into submersed form).
    Nitrare:0
    Bubbles per second: 5
    Temp: 73


    Questions:
    1) Can I keep using the Pantyhose?
    2) Is it normal that most the aquatic plants that I am planting have good new growth BUT the old leaves usually begin to die off?
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    Just be mindful of how much you dim your led. Lack of light can cause more issues than excess in a lot of cases.

    Yes you can use pantyhose long term, but it is easily clogged. A better solution is a ss mesh strainer inflow. You can find em at most scape stores as well as amazon.

    Yes, it's normal to see some older leaves drop when stems are newly planted. It's important to cut + net/siphon out the older leaves as you see them (odly shaped, discolored, deficient, damaged, dying, melted etc.) they will be magnets for algae if you let them settle and decay in your tank.

    PM incoming.

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