My 20 Gallon Long

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This is my 20 long that houses my female Koi Betta (she’s mostly black now), Cherry barbs, otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Nerite snails, and a baby mystery snail. I love this tank, it recently had a major rescape. I don’t scrape the glass in this tank just so the otos have something to graze on throughout the day.
I used an African Cichlid substrate and eco complete. (My ph drops if I don’t buffer it), Dragon stone, and Spider wood. My lights are just led shop lights. I have multiple tanks in my basement causing all the glare on this tank.

There’s pogostemon stellatus octopus, Anubis barteri, a couple small crypts(they melted when I rescaped the tank), Java Moss, frogbit, dwarf water lettuce, and scarlet temple.

This is my 4th time trying the scarlet temple, I keep killing it...I just added this one in yesterday, it miraculously was surviving in a plant holding tank still in the rock wool pot. So I figured I’d try it again. If anyone has any tips on this plant, do let me know.

My Betta is named Phoebe. I had a huge scare with her a few months ago. My tank used to not have a lid and I’d keep the water level lower. I added the Amano shrimp in and I’m guessing they may have startled her. After I added them I was upstairs for a while and came down to check on them and couldn’t find Phoebe anywhere. I looked behind the tank on the floor and she had jumped out. I thought she was already dead but saw her move. I quickly got her in a breeder box in one of my qt tanks. She made a full recovery and is now back in her tank with a very snug lid. Now when I feed her she does a little jump for her food and I just think “did you not learn your lesson?”
I’m still surprised by how resilient they are. She’s my favorite of my three Bettas.
 

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Hey man! This is like 5 minutes after I joined Fishlore but I just wanted to say great tank! Keep on scaping bro
 
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Thanks! Welcome to fishlore.
 

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Beautiful! I just rescaped my 20 gallon long. Its for CPO crays and shrimp (they are in a temp tote till this tank is ready) I really like your jungle look. Not too overgrown and very nice to show off your fish!
 
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Kathryn Crook said:
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Beautiful! I just rescaped my 20 gallon long. Its for CPO crays and shrimp (they are in a temp tote till this tank is ready) I really like your jungle look. Not too overgrown and very nice to show off your fish!
Thanks! I love all the terra-cotta in your tank. I’ve never kept crayfish before.
 

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Nice tank! No co2?

For me, with scarlet temple, I just put it in a aquarium with miracle grow soil and it does great. No co2 or anything crazy in terms of lights. Just some cheap clip-on from Walmart. I think the soil really helped it do so well.
 
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wrs2 said:
Nice tank! No co2?

For me, with scarlet temple, I just put it in a aquarium with miracle grow soil and it does great. No co2 or anything crazy in terms of lights. Just some cheap clip-on from Walmart. I think the soil really helped it do so well.
No co2 I’m not that advanced lol. Maybe I’ll put some root tabs next to them. Thanks!
 

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Katestanks02 said:
Thanks! I love all the terra-cotta in your tank. I’ve never kept crayfish before.
The CPO mini crays are really neat! They dont get as big or aggressive as the other crays and they are very
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showy and extroverted. Im hooked!
 
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Kathryn Crook said:
The CPO mini crays are really neat! They dont get as big or aggressive as the other crays and they are very
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showy and extroverted. Im hooked!
Oh my gosh, the one in the rock is so cute. Can you keep them with fish since they’re not as aggressive?
 

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Katestanks02 said:
Oh my gosh, the one in the rock is so cute. Can you keep them with fish since they’re not as aggressive?
Maybe with small fish. Their babies are quite small as you would expect so, again, if you want a nice colony, probably best not too. These crays can be aggressive towards each other though without enough hides and space and spread out food.
 
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Kathryn Crook said:
Maybe with small fish. Their babies are quite small as you would expect so, again, if you want a nice colony, probably best not too. These crays can be aggressive towards each other though without enough hides and space and spread out food.
They are really neat. Maybe a future tank project lol.
 
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