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Posted 15 November 2015 - 03:14 PM

hi iv got a 20 ltr tank that's bare and with LED lighting and i want to make it a display tank for the living room. iv been looking at aquascaping videos on youtube here for example:

https://www.youtube....h?v=hTndI3A2rOQ. seems cool to try but obviously my own design.

 

I do like the floramax and sand combo few questions tho.

 

1. what type of filter will I need? I want to try and avoid power head. reason being I have a Siamese fighting fish/betta the current sort of shreads him and blows him all over.

 

after looking through many videos of aquascaping iv noticed a lot of the tanks have like a glass tube submerged I believe this is a co2 diffuser.

don't understand why it being used given that plants need co2 so...

 

2. purpose, use, do I need it?

 

3. will the lighting be sufficient enough? it is pretty bright with 3 different settings.

4. when it comes to water changes how will I go about doing them?

because I obviously wont be able to use a syphon like you would with gravel.​

 

5. are there any other ways to heat the water? don't want a submerged​ heater if I can help it. he's like a snake and will find the smallest gap in the tank the weirdo. don't want him burning hes been through enough already.

 

6. where do you get the young plants from ebay? iv never seen (seedlings) is that the right word at the LFS their usually all mature plants​ and iv never heard or seen carpet plants until I found this idea.

 

all help much appreciated


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 08:38 PM

This is a tricky question because everybody thinks differently about how they want a tank. There are small heater/thermostats on the market that would suit a tank this size and can be hidden behind some of the decor. As for the filter a sponge filter may be okay which can also be hidden behind something. Have a look here for plants, http://java-plants.com/ these people can be very helpful if you get in touch telling them what you are trying to acheive. The addition of C02 is very beneficial for plant growth but not strictly necessary, lots of plants can be grown with just 2 watts of lighting per gallon and liquid fertilizers, the link I gave will also sell you this.


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 07:37 PM

the image in mind is like a tall rockery in the middle with plants around it giving it kinda like a mountain kind of look (but not too much mass) sat on the floramax bed and surrounded by sand with hill areas maybe near a corner or two. basically the betta should be able to swim full 360 around and over the center piece.

 

something like this

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 07:43 PM

Good luck with that, look forward to the updates.


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Posted 18 November 2015 - 04:30 PM

Den, do you have any experience with inline filters and heaters or have you always stuck to canister/submerged? What is your opinion on them as I have only experience with sealed internal ones.
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Posted 19 November 2015 - 08:08 AM

External filters are by far the better option as you get more room in the tank. You can also restrict the flow with an inline valve and attach an inline heater.


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 03:32 PM

Just any pvc flow tap?
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Posted 19 November 2015 - 04:31 PM

What size canister
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Posted 20 November 2015 - 10:03 AM

Considering the small size of the tank look for the smallest one you can find and yes any flow tap that will fit the piping.

This looks interesting http://www.ebay.co.u...ETc9FzmZfZN0lKw


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Posted 20 November 2015 - 12:46 PM

Ok cheers pal
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