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New 20g tall tank help and opinions

Discussion in 'Planted Chit Chat' started by Lefky, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Lefky

    Lefky New Member

    Apr 3, 2019
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    I will be redoing my 20g tank to a high tech planted tank. I want to add CO2, plant substrate and all that fun stuff. I will list everything below and I want to hear any criticism and need a little help.

    Tank: 20g tall
    Filter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYEFFEO/ref=twister_B07TBJCWC9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
    I think it might be a bit overkill for a 20g but I chose it because of the spray bar and I didn't want to see the HOB filter intake.
    Light: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LFF07BU/ref=twister_B01LFF08QO?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
    Any suggestions on what light I should use? I found this one because of the high watts it has.
    Substrate: https://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Eco-Complete-20-Pound-Planted-Aquarium/dp/B0002DH0QM/ref=sxin_0_osp105-85eccd07_cov?ascsubtag=85eccd07-4347-4ec1-a1e1-820680da6aae&creativeASIN=B0002DH0QM&crid=1C7ECK2LDL0PW&cv_ct_id=amzn1.osp.85eccd07-4347-4ec1-a1e1-820680da6aae&cv_ct_pg=search&cv_ct_wn=osp-search&keywords=eco+complete&linkCode=oas&pd_rd_i=B0002DH0QM&pd_rd_r=31c619fa-4178-43c7-aa24-a9d815f2ca8b&pd_rd_w=3Fj70&pd_rd_wg=9ssqc&pf_rd_p=53eff971-6e12-4016-9864-b6dfd929b2b3&pf_rd_r=J3P55ARGRN2TAB14E4VB&qid=1575169031&s=pet-supplies&sprefix=eco+c,pets,186&tag=5042nst800sr-20
    Substrate I wasn't too sure on what to use. I read that I should have a separate substrate beneath this one with high levels of iron, etc. What should I use for the levels and change the substrate? Also, do I need to top it off with something like sand for the plants I chose? Should I also add root tabs beneath any of the plants with your selected choice of substrate?
    Ferts: For ferts I went with a simple bottle of seachem flourish. Is there a different bottle(s) you recommend? Along with root tabs (if necessary?)
    CO2: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W6DXXXR/ref=twister_B07W8M7KSM?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
    This took me a long time to find one I can use, and in my price range as well. I was thinking about the DIY kit with plastic bottles but didn't think it would last very long, and I needed a timer. I also didn't feel too comfortable with the plastic bottles holding up, especially it next to my bed. I chose this kit for the solenoid valve and because It will be a bit harder to blow up lol. (I also picked out a CO2 drop checker)
    Dwarf Hairgrass
    Isoetes Japonica
    Ludwigia Natans Super Red
    Myriophyllum Aquaticum (Parrots Feather)
    Bucephalandra Black Pearl
    Lagenandra Meeboldii 'Red'
    Rotala Rotundifolia Red
    Ludwigia Repens
    Echinodorus Ozelot
    I found all these plants on BucePlant

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