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Old 05-04-2019, 06:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Tank setup and Plant Suggestions? 20 Gallon Tank Mostly Invertebrates.

I plan on doing the following for a 20 Gallon Tank.

8 White cloud Minnows

1 Mystery Snail

6 Nerite Snails

5 Cherry Shrimp

This is going to be a Planted tank. I will be establishing the plants first before I add the above non-plant denizens.

So I have a few questions.

1. What type of plants should I be looking at?
2. Should I consider C02? Or no?
3. Fertilizer/Substrate suggestions (this might depend a lot on the answers to Question #1)
4. Specific Tank/Filter/Lighting Suggestions?
5. Should I add the non-plant Denizens above in any particuilar order? I was thinking Shrimp-->Snails-->Minnows
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Default Re: ank setup and Plant Suggestions? 20 Gallon Tank Mostly Invertebrates.

You have at least 3 choices for how to do the tank: You could use the El Natural method - see the forum here for El Natural. You could do a "hi tech" tank, meaning one with high intensity lighting, pressurized CO2, non-limiting fertilizing, and a inert substrate. You could use low to moderate intensity lighting, with either inert or nutrient rich substrate, and either DIY CO2 or no CO2. "Hi tech" requires the most expenses, the most work, and the best tank maintenance. El Natural requires the least expenses, the least work, and least rigidity in tank maintenance. Which would you like to try?
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Excellent advice from Hoppy, as usual.
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Default Re: ank setup and Plant Suggestions? 20 Gallon Tank Mostly Invertebrates.

lol i love your stock list, its understocked (not a problem) if anything

i wish everyone's stock list was like this but generally people seem to want to FILL their tank to the rim with inhabitants lol.

I appreciate you having a proper stock list on the first go, awesome job.

as for your questions, hoppy did a splendid job in answering them.
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Default Re: Tank setup and Plant Suggestions? 20 Gallon Tank Mostly Invertebrates.

Thanks Hoppy.

I think the middle ground way makes the most sense.

Moderate Lighting , Nutrient Rich Substrate, DIY C02

I like low maintenance in general but am willing to do some and this seems like a good sweet spot.

Any suggestions on plants for this level?
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Default Re: ank setup and Plant Suggestions? 20 Gallon Tank Mostly Invertebrates.

Go to the Plant Finder in the dark blue bar at the top of the page. Under "Hardiness" select easy or very easy, and this will show you a list of plants with small photos. Click on any for details.
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