Beginner Making 20 Gal Planted Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by lucas, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. lucasNew MemberMember

    I really want to create my first aquarium, and I really like the idea of creating a planted tank that is gals. I was thinking Amano Shrimp ( Tell me how many), 1 Dwarf Gourami, and some tetras or guppies (tell me how many again. I also need to know what filter, lights, heater, tank, substrate, testing kit, and plants I should get. Thanks for helping:).

  2. kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    I reckon the gourami along with 8-12 guppies or tetra should work. The lights will depend on the plants you choose, and don't forget a fertilizer! As for testing kit, the API master kit is always recommended :)

    See what plants are available to you first, and how much you're willing to spend. Let us know that and we can help figure out the odds and ends

  3. lucasNew MemberMember

  4. jertan98Valued MemberMember

    My honey gourami used to hunt down my RCS, not sure if anyone had other better experiences tho.
  5. kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    From what I've heard, the more colorful the shrimp is, the more likely it will get attacked... but I guess there's no harm in trying
  6. lucasNew MemberMember

    Did your shrimp have driftwood or other places to hide?
  7. jertan98Valued MemberMember

    Yeah i had a huge piece of malaysian DW, tons of plants and some of those ceramic breeding things.
  8. lucasNew MemberMember

    How many RCS did you start with? Because I'm thinking of starting with blue velvets since they are hardy and easy to breed, so I can get many so the DG can eat some , then introducing a dwarf gourami, and then 6-8 neon tetras.
  9. PuffersRUSNew MemberMember

    I like the finnex planted 24/7 lights for my setup. I have them on a timer though as the light was a little too bright in the middle of the night--especially since it's next to my bed lol. My plants have seen tremendous growth in the 2 weeks that I've had them and I think they are reasonably priced for what you get. They will definitely be bright enough and have a lot of options to mess around with
  10. lucasNew MemberMember

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I just decided to get 2 of these lights  . I want it to be a low tech tank.
  11. toolmanWell Known MemberMember

    Research the blue velvet shrimp, if they are a color variation of the red cherry shrimp they can't be in the same tank because when they breed you will get brown shrimp, the offspring will lose their color.

    Can't remember if they're from the same family.
  12. lucasNew MemberMember

    They are I just meant keep only blue velvet since I like the color better.
  13. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    A dwarf gourami will hunt your blue velvets. Amanos are safer as they get bigger.

    I would do this
    8-10 neons
    1 DG
    10 amano shrimp
  14. lucasNew MemberMember

    But I have seen community
    But i have seen community tanks with RCS and DG's... I am planning to introduce the shrimp first let them breed. I will also create many hiding places
  15. barandemir09Valued MemberMember

    I've had danios chase my amano shrimp...

    Large ones too...
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  16. lucasNew MemberMember

    Oh interesting

    and does anyone know good cheap substrate I can get in Canada for a low tech planted?
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 20, 2017
  17. kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

  18. lucasNew MemberMember

    Have any recommendations since I cant get that in Canada
  19. kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    It's basically a very fine black gravel. I've heard of people getting it at Tractor and Co or whatever it's called in America, I found something similar at a gardening/outdoor landscaping store where I live. Not too sure about Canada, but I'm sure you can figure out the equivalent?
  20. lucasNew MemberMember

    Ok thanks :)

    also anyone in canada know where I can buy a 20 gal long tank they are sold out at angelfins and petsmart
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