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Old 04-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #1 
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This is like the 4th time I've redone this tank because the plants keep dying. Each time I've learned something new so I'm hoping this time the plants make it. If not, it's curtains for this tank. Anyway, here is my 20 gallon community. It's running a Fluval C2 and a Marineland Duetto 100 for filtration and the light is an Odyssea T-5 HO with 48 watts for 12-14 hours. C02 is from Flourish Excel every day, fertilizer is Flourish. Any advice on keeping the plants alive is welcomed.
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Residents:
5 firehead tetras
5 rummynose tetras (virtually identical to the fireheads)
5 kuhli loaches
4 honey gouramis
3 Venezuelan hifin red cory cats
1 rosy red minnow

Plants:
hygrophila corymbosa
hygrophila corymbosa "stricta"
nesaea pedicellata "golden"
rotala indicia
hygrophila difformis (water wisteria)
echinodorus kleiner bar
echinodorus parviflorus
the remains of an echinodorus angustifolia
riccia on the cholla wood
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:53 PM   #2 
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That's so beautiful, Sakura! I hope I can make mine look that good!

Squee! Kuhli loaches. :)
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:55 PM   #3 
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Thank you, Bomba. :) Now that there are more plants in there, I actually see the little loaches more. Before, they hid under the sand all day. Now I can see their little faces peeking out beneath the leaves. :)
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:56 PM   #4 
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That is amazing!
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:01 PM   #5 
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Thanks. I'm just really hoping the plants make it this time. I learned that I needed more light and I needed to raise the hardness of the water so hopefully that will do it.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:54 AM   #6 
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Nice! :D Aren't rosy red minnows coldwater?
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:34 PM   #7 
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Maisy, they probably are. I dunno, it was a feeder fish that the girl just tossed into the bag when I got some ghost shrimp. I *think* it's a rosy red minnow but if it is, it's not the nice pink kind. It's kinda dull brown and really hyper. I'm probably going to try to toss it into the coldwater community soon.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #8 
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Looking good Sakura Wishing you lots of growth over the next few months. I'

ve been trying to sustain plants long term in my 75 gallon (which is why you don't see pics here) and it really is a long road of trial and error with the diff. plant types. One of these days I'll have it balanced right :)

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Thanks, Roberta. I need all the well wishes I can get. And finding the right balance where the plants and fish are both happy is hard so I understand what you mean. :)
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Maisy, they probably are. I dunno, it was a feeder fish that the girl just tossed into the bag when I got some ghost shrimp. I *think* it's a rosy red minnow but if it is, it's not the nice pink kind. It's kinda dull brown and really hyper. I'm probably going to try to toss it into the coldwater community soon.
Aren't they also called fathead minnows? ;) What's in your coldwater community?
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