Setting up my 20 Gallon

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by DTurner, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Alright well its time to start the set up b process. Just waiting on the sand which will be in tomorrow.

    I order plants today so they will be in my the end if the week.

    Got dirt and flourite in right now along with the hardscape.

    Made the stand myself to fit all the other equipment.

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  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Looks good so far, but the picture's sideways :eek:
     
  3. AquaticBrandon

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  4. Geoff

    Geoff Well Known Member Member

    Nice job on the stand.
     
  5. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Fixed the Photo, Should be upright now.

    Yes I am doing Black Sand AquaticBrandon

    Stand is set up so it has wholes cut out in the back so that all chords and tubing is run through to the back. It keeps the display a bit cleaner and the mounds of chords that we all have kept out of view.
     
  6. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Here is the inside of the stand, plenty of space for the paintball co2 tank and fluval 106 canister filter on the top, plus a 5 gallon bucket fits easily in the bottom bit with ample space for all the other stuff I need.

    And obviously those wires currently in there get nicely attached to the inside to keep them out of the way.
     
     
  7. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Nice! Are you thinking of doing an iwugami aquascape?


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  9. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    I see, you're doing a carpet of dwarf hair grass and dwarf baby tears? They look very nice. Since you are doing a high tech set up. Look into getting some AR Mini. Looks very nice with its bright dark red color. :)


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  10. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Oh nice, I'll definitely look at getting some of those. I think i'll be able to keep the nutrients with the ample iron in the red flourite plus the dirt itself.

    Thanks for the suggestion

    Also the more I have been thinking of it I probably will not do the Dwarf Hairgrass, I origionally though of it to do a height thing so the front would be the short dwarf baby tears then the hairgrass then the rest of the big plants in the back. But I probably will just start with the baby tears.
     
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  11. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    No problem :)


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  12. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Alright, spent some time getting the wires all cleaned up. Got both timers hanging on the wall and most of the plumbing in place.

    Gotta get my sand and plants in. Hopefully tomorrow.
     
     
  13. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Looking good. How much did you pay for the co2 setup?


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  14. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    That one was like 50$ or so not worth it. I have have had it for a few years. I have an aquatek co2 regulator for a paintball tank on the way to the house. That is only 85$ plus 20$ for the tank. I figured that was the cheapest way to go.

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  15. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    That's actually a pretty good setup :)


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  16. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Thanks it's my second go at a planted tank. Been about 2 years since my first go at it and I'm pumped to get this up this week

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  17. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Post a lot of pictures once it's planted! :eek:


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  18. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Good! Keep us updated ;D


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  19. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Dom90 I will post away once the plants come in. They may come in tomorrow or Wednesday. Tomorrow the sand will definitely be in but I don't think I'll add much water until I add the plants. I'm assuming the dwarf baby tears will be easier with little to no water.

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  20. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    I've heard that too, that it's better to grow them emersed. But I also heard they need co2 to really thrive.


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