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Capra 07-18-2012 10:24 AM

Will this Set up work for my 20 gallon tank?
First off Hello everyone I am still new to this forum and to the fish hobby as well

I have a 20 gallon topfin tank it is listed under my tanks I want to do live plants in the tank I wanted to know if this set up will work for the fish I will have and the size of the tank i have 24" flou bulb overhead light. What plants i want in the tank are as follows

2-3 Java Fern

1-2 Water Sprite

1-2 Anubias

The fish I plan on having in the tank are as follows

10-Bleeding Heart Tetras

1-Rainbow Krib

3-4-Cory Catfish

All and Any help would be great and thanks to everyone who post

Geomancer 07-18-2012 11:29 AM

I don't see any problems. Java Fern and Anubias are both low light plants, they'll grow under almost anything except ironically won't do well under too bright of lighting. Both of these should be tied to driftwood or rocks, do not bury the rhizome.

Water Sprite I assume will be floating, so even though it is a high light plant it's fine since it's right up next to the lights and not under the water.

I'm not familure with that light, ideal lights for plants are around 6500K in temperature, and the tubes should be replaced once a year (even though they still work, they loose intensity for the plants).

Capra 07-18-2012 11:39 AM

The bulb is a 15w idk the K of it though but should I get real drift wood or fake and if i dont get real how do I go about putting it in the tank?

Byron 07-18-2012 02:22 PM

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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D

I have the same tank (one of my 7) with the same light fixture. Photo below shows it presently. I would replace the tube, the one that comes with these tanks is less than good when one has plants, and the colour rendition is purplish too. You can get a decent tube in a hardware-type store, you will want a 24-inch tube in T8 (T12 is OK if that is all you can find in this length but the T8 are better), with a Kelvin rating of 6500K. GE, Phillips and Sylvania make these (though I can't say all make them in 24-inch length) and they cost a couple dollars. If you don't mind spending more, you can buy tubes from a fish store that will be more expensive. Good ones are the Life-Glo 6700K, and the ZooMed UltraSun 6700K.

Java Fern and Anubias are both low light plants, and both should be attached to wood or rock; don't bury the rhizome in the substrate or it may rot. Water Sprite, if it is Ceratopteris cornuta, is best floating.

You will note that the plant names shaded, so you can click them for the plant profile. We have profiles on fish and plants under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page.

One suggestion on the fish; don't get 10 Bleeding Heart Tetra. This is one of the largest tetra species, and it needs more space than a 20g, and it will outgrow the water volume too. There are some similar tetra like the Rosy Tetra and Roberts Tetra, and many others more suitable. Browse our profiles.


Capra 07-19-2012 04:36 PM

OK I just got my plants in i have


1-Water Sprite

I plan on getting some Java Ferns once my LFS has them to put in there and i got some drift wood boiling right now to put in there

Capra 07-20-2012 09:56 AM

so when I got my plants from the store they came in then gray stuff in a little plastic pot should i have taken the roots and plant out of that and then put the roots in the gravel i have?

Geomancer 07-20-2012 10:24 AM

Yes, otherwise they may become root bound as they don't have much space to grow out.

The gray stuff is rock wool, you can just peel it off and throw it away (it can break down in time also, fowling up your tank with debris).

If the roots are coming out the holes of the pot making removal difficult, you may want to use scissors to cut the pot into smaller pieces.

They are usually in pots if they were grown in a hydroponics nursary.

Capra 07-20-2012 10:43 AM

Thanks that helps a lot and BTW I love your name and pic i am i huge Final Fantasy lover and should i get more plants other then the java ferns i want/need some plants that grow taller what would you grow FYI I am still new to live plants so any help would be great

Geomancer 07-20-2012 11:19 AM

In my 20 gallon tall I have:

Bacopa Carolina (Stem plant, will grow to surface)
Red Tiger Lotus (Think Lily pads from ponds, but can be trained to keep leaves under water)
Amazon Sword (Get tall, and wide)
Java Fern (small at first, medium now)
Anubias (small)
Wisteria (Stem plant, will grow to surface and cover surface)
Brazillian Pennywort (floating, but can be planted too and grow to surface and cover)
Cryptocoryne wendtii "Green" (medium sized)

This was my first tank with live plants. This picture is from April, so today everything is a bit bigger. I really need to remember to take more pictures =)

Capra 07-20-2012 11:29 AM

thanks that gives me some ideas

I just got some med sized drift wood i boiled it two times and is sitting in water to see if clouds it up if it does should i just boil it two more times or more?

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