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adpierin11 02-24-2009 09:19 PM

My 20g!!!
 
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Here's my 20g. I could only get one picture because my batteries died.... What do ya think so far?

aspects 02-24-2009 09:24 PM

20L?

looks ok so far. water looks filthy though.
id suggest going with some live plants rather then those plastic ones.

1077 02-25-2009 03:31 AM

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.

onefish2fish 02-25-2009 03:57 AM

thinking about adding a background?

adpierin11 02-25-2009 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by aspects (Post 175403)
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.

adpierin11 02-25-2009 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 175436)
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.

adpierin11 02-25-2009 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 175434)
;-) 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.

aspects 02-25-2009 01:49 PM

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.

Kim 02-25-2009 02:36 PM

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.

adpierin11 02-25-2009 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Kim (Post 175551)
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.


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