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Old 05-28-2014, 10:31 PM   #1 
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My 20 Gallon Planted Betta Tank

After many years of having to wait, I am finally getting started with a 20 gallon tank, I thought this would be a good place to track my progress.

Any comments, advice, suggestions are very welcome and appreciated

This is the equipment purchased tonight:
20-gallon long "Grreat Choice" aquarium
Aqueon 30" Versa-Top
Top Fin Tank Divider
Aqueon 100watt Adjustable Heater
National Geographic PF30 Aquarium Power Filter with Coarse Foam
Cartidge added.
National Geographic Deluxe Programmable Led Aquarium Light
White Led; Sunlight, Clear 7,000K-10,000k
Blue Led: Moonlight, Blue 20,000K

Water: Spring Water from Grocery Store

Substrate: Eco Complete

Ferts: Seachem Flourish Excel
Seachem Flourish Tabs
API Co2 Booster (have yet to decide if I want to go with co2 setup

Plants ordered:
Annubia Congensis and Nano
Dwarf Sagittari
Dwarf Pennwort
Ludwiga repens
Heteranthera Zosterifolia, Star Grass
Proserpinaca palustris
Ateranthera reineckii rosefolia
Dwarf Lilies
Nesea pedicellata, golden
Golden Lloydeilla, gold creeping jenny
Sword narrow leaf chain
Wisteria
Water Lettuce
Pellie Monosolenium Tenerum
Bacop austrlis
Cryptocoryne parva
Glosstigma

Plants to be found: moss to make moss wall to replace divider if possible

Decorations: mopani wood, bog wood, rock

Thinks that's it for the moment. One plant order to be here Friday, then second next Wednesday or Thursday. Will post a pic when it is all done.

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Old 05-29-2014, 07:55 AM   #2 
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Oh wow, this sounds like it'll be a lovely tank! Are you going to let tannins color the water, or will you be soaking the bog wood and mopani first? Personally, I think the look of tannins in a planted tank make it look extra lovely :)
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:39 AM   #3 
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Let the tannins do their thing. When I first got the wood, I didn't like the tannins and boiled it for hours, and I also did a ton of sanding so there would be no tail ripping. I still have lots of tannins in one tank, and I now just love the look...and it's a good thing for Bubblo :)
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:17 AM   #4 
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Your tank will be stunning, I'm sure! I can't wait to see pictures of it when you have it up and running :)
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:36 AM   #5 
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Thanks! I am quite excited :)
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:10 PM   #6 
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First order of plants in their temporary homes..hope I got enough...lol. Need to find a spot to put them so I can put in a light...before the rest of the kitchen gets moved into the livingroom...the joys of smaller spaces......
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:39 PM   #7 
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Life happened, then I lost 1/2 the plants I got, but it's up and started :) 5 degrees warmer then I can acclimate Marshawn and Bubblo, and re-do their tanks for Prince Hendrix and Peechee :)
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #8 
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Today is day 6.

Yesterday, I got rid of the hob I had, and replaced it with 2-Fluval Aqua Clear (one at each end of tank). Also added Safe Start BB..should have done in beginning, and got Seachem Flourish (already used root tabs, and have been dosing with Seachem Flourish Excel...may invest in pressurized co2)

Plants not doing so hot, lots of melting and white fuzz. Started trimming bad stuff, and since I would like to add another inch of eco-complete, I am thinking about taking out all plants, trimming them up and replanting. I have a few more plants coming next week so this may be a good way to change the way I have them arranged too.

I originally planted the cabomba next to the dividers to prevent the betta boys from stressing each other out, but they seem to be ok with each other now...big bubble nests going on :). This plant will be better at the back of the tank and is blocking the light the way it is now.

The joys of being a newbie! But, I am really enjoying this whole process of learning all this while fulfilling my dream of a planted tank with bettas!
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First Water test :)
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Glad I made this investment...sure makes life easier!
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