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New guy from South Carolina!

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Hello everyone. My name is Chris (obviously). I live in upstate SC. I have a 20 gallon FW tank that I've been trying to grow plants in for the last 4 months or so. The tank has been set up for almost a year. Micro swrods don't seem to grow in there, but the money wort, java fern, and lilipad bulb are doing well. Here are a few pics of it. I am in the process of planning and setting up a 10 gallon planted aquarium in which I'll keep shrimp and neon tetras or rasboras. the shrimp will either be ghost or cherry.

I'm using one 18" life-glo bulb on the 20g, a DIY co2 system using two containers, flourish, flourish excel, flourish trace and Stress Zyme as additives/supplements. Having a bit of an issue with algae though. Light is timed to 8 hours per day. Using black flourite as a substrate in both aquariums. I want to do plants with no extra CO2 in the 10G. I'm going to make one of those diy canister filters for it though to reduce oxygen exchange.

here are some pics of the 20 g which holds a plethora of fish. 7 neon tetras, 6 male guppies, 2 female guppies, 2 male peppered cory cats, 1 female peppered cory cat, 2 Otos, 1 dwarf gourami, one lyretail molly, and 1 male and 1 female german blue ram.

and cell phone pics of the lilipads. It has literally done all of thise growth within the last 2 weeks!

Thanks for looking and please feel free to give me some pointers!
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Welcome to APC! The tank looks nice.
If the 18" bulb is the regular flourescent (like 12-15 watts? ) it may just be low-light that keeps certain plants from doing well in there (like the micro sword). But what you've looks healthy.

Welcome to APC :hat:Looks like you are off to a good start.
Hi! Glad to see you here. Your plants look very healthy and so do your fish. I also think your light is low.
Hi! Glad to see you here. Your plants look very healthy and so do your fish. I also think your light is low.
Thank you all for the good coments. The plants look healthy because the pics were generally taken a few days after I planted them. there is one with the rams where you can see how bad the mini swords got at one point. The swords are the only things that dont do well in my tank. It's very frustrating, because I was a thick foreground plant, and that just will not grow for me. I'll have to get some more up to date pics up here for you guys.:) I agree the light is probably insufficient. I need more intensity...Maybe a good reflector would help.
Hi Chris,

Welcome to the forum. The plants look very healthy and so do the fish.

Like the others have mentioned, some plants that need high light may not have enough. Some options include CLFs, T5 HOs or probably just living with moderate and low light plants.

Good Luck. Nice work.
I've been using stress zyme in the 20g once a week after a water change, but my buddy who has been growing aquatic plants very successfully told me that stress zyme is hogging nutrients that my plants need to thrive. I'm thinking that's why they aren't growing like wildfire and the chain swords aren't doing well at all. Is this correct?
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