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post #1 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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My 20g!!!

Here's my 20g. I could only get one picture because my batteries died.... What do ya think so far?
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75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!
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post #2 of 23 Old 02-24-2009, 10:24 PM
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20L?

looks ok so far. water looks filthy though.
id suggest going with some live plants rather then those plastic ones.
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post #3 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 04:31 AM
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I believe driftwood is responsible for stained water rather than water being dirty and it will clear with time. You can always soak the driftwood in seperate container for a few weeks while changing the water daily or every couple days to remove the tannins which are harmless to fish but stain the water a tea color. Artificial or live plants are a matter of preference in my view. I have both . PS you could also boil the wood to remove tannins but some pieces of wood are just too large for a pot.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #4 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 04:57 AM
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thinking about adding a background?
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post #5 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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20L?

looks ok so far. water looks filthy though.
id suggest going with some live plants rather then those plastic ones.
Yes it's a 20g long, no the water isn't filthy, the logs have turned it that color, I'm not too worried about it.
And I have no experience with real plants, don't want to go down that road yet.
That was a bit harsh, but whatever.

75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!
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post #6 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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thinking about adding a background?
I was thinking about it, maybe a black one, but just haven't gotten around to it quite yet. This tank has only been running about two weeks. I transferred some stuff from my 30g tall to this one, so still working on it.

75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!
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PS you could also boil the wood to remove tannins but some pieces of wood are just too large for a pot.
Thanks for your POSITIVE feedback. I really appreciate it. And yes tannins have stained my water, but I assume it will eventually fade after more wc's.

75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!

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post #8 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 02:49 PM
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I'm aware from the driftwood. As mentioned above, usually you boil it or at least soak it first so it doesn't do that to the water. Unless of course that's the look you were going for.

There ate some live plants that are really easy to care for, like anubias and java fern. However if you don't want to go that route, there are also silk plants that look pretty real.

And for the background, you can always just paint the background with spray paint. Its easy to do, and cheap.


Don't be so sensitive. I wasnt trying to be mean, just commenting on your brown water. I didn't think you would be so sensitive about it considering you posted the pic.
Sorry if I hurt your feelings.
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post #9 of 23 Old 02-25-2009, 03:36 PM
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Is that a female betta I see? Ooo, is it a sorority tank? I LOVE bettas!

I think it's looking good! I love the sand substrate and by the way, if it is bettas that you have in there they enjoy the tea-stained water. I have one betta that tail-bites and if I keep his water stained really dark he stops, so it definitely does benifit them. Most betta breeders use indian almond leaves and driftwood to get the same results and I keep mine in stained water for the same reason.

As for the plants, live ones definitely are more work and if you get the slower growing, low light ones they won't fill in any time soon usually. Honestly, your fake ones look good the way they are placed, so if you don't want live, then don't bother.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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Is that a female betta I see? Ooo, is it a sorority tank? I LOVE bettas!

I think it's looking good! I love the sand substrate and by the way, if it is bettas that you have in there they enjoy the tea-stained water. I have one betta that tail-bites and if I keep his water stained really dark he stops, so it definitely does benifit them. Most betta breeders use indian almond leaves and driftwood to get the same results and I keep mine in stained water for the same reason.

As for the plants, live ones definitely are more work and if you get the slower growing, low light ones they won't fill in any time soon usually. Honestly, your fake ones look good the way they are placed, so if you don't want live, then don't bother.
Thank you soooooo much Kim, unfortunately the brown water isn't quite what I was going for, but it will clear up eventually so I don't care too much.

75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!
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