My 20 gallon community tank - Almost done

KrissyBunnie

I started cycling this tank in early November of 2021. Started slowly adding plants and eventually fish once it was cycled. I suppose I'm comfortable showing it now, even though it's not completely done.

Currently I use GloFish gravel because that's all my LFS had. I have a java fern that I split into two. There's some kind of anubias. A Wendilov, Oriental sword and an Amazon sword, and a bunch of red ludwigia. I think I might have some cryptocoryne but I don't remember lol.
I've been cloning a lot of these plants and putting them on the left side of the tank. There's also a small amount of duck weed (hitchhiked) at the surface, but the turbulence keeps it limited. I'm aware some of the plants aren't looking great, but I can assure you that they're certainly better than when I bought them.

Currently I have six neon tetras, and I'm planning on getting two or three more. There's four possibly tiger shrimp but they were sold as ghost shrimp. I plan on buying at least 10 or 20 more shrimp from one of the sellers here at some point. Also I have one assassin snail, and a fry that accidentally came with the shrimp, I believe it's a fancy guppy. I may get one or two honey gouramis, or maybe some more guppies to give that one company. I'm not really sure how to stock something like this.

I have the light on a timer (10a to 8p) and I use an Ehiem automatic fish feeder, rotates twice in the morning and once in the evening, door is about 25% open. Tetramin tropical flakes and occasionally a shrimp and lobster pellet. I use a Tetra whisper iq20 filter and keep the power at about 80%.

I haven't had ammonia or nitrites since late November. I do a weekly water change every wednesday, the nitrates are usually between 20 and 40 before I do. The pH ranges between 7.4 and 7.8. I keep the temperature at around 76° f.

I use API tap water conditioner, API Master test kit, and API CO2 booster at 50% doses every other day.


If you read all these details I appreciate it. I know with this hobby people like to be thorough.
If anybody has any comments or recommendations, I'm open to them. Of course, cost is also a factor because I am on a limited budget.

Thank you! :)
 

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WRWAquarium

Looks nice, good job. The plants really make it like a little jungle allready.

The gravel would bug me but its actually allright. Would be easy to cover with a fine layer of somthing different rather than remove and replant again.

Add a background at some pont (black would hide the filter) will make everything stand out in the tank too.

Your missing wood as well... Or a few nice rocks :)
 

KrissyBunnie

Looks nice, good job. The plants really make it like a little jungle allready.

The gravel would bug me but its actually allright. Would be easy to cover with a fine layer of somthing different rather than remove and replant again.

Add a background at some pont (black would hide the filter) will make everything stand out in the tank too.

Your missing wood as well... Or a few nice rocks :)
You're right, I forgot that I was planning on getting driftwood too. I just keep procrastinating...

What do you mean by background? Kind of like a picture or something that would be glued/cling to the back?

I was hoping on getting solid black gravel but I couldn't find it anywhere. I do like the colorful stuff but I don't like supporting that company.

Thank you for the help! :)
 

WRWAquarium

Yeah. You can buy vinyl plastic backgrounds for aquariums in stores or online. Usually priced by meter. I just stick mine to the back with tape.

Plain black is my preference but you can get many colors or images of aquatic scapes.
 

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