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My 20 liters tank!

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Glomeridae, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Glomeridae

    Glomeridae Active Aquascaper

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    Hello!


    I present here my 20 liters tank! I discovered aquascaping one year ago and this tank is my first one!

    To be honest, I really like the hardscape I made! :) Now, I will just choose a most "high" plant than the Hydroctyle, but I don't want to change it for the moment! =)

    To present my tank:

    Dimension: about 20 liters (I will give the dimension in centimeter soon!)

    Date of setup: august 2013

    Light: 3*8w "neon light bar" special for aquarium

    No fishes no invertabrates

    Water plants: Hemianthus callitrichoides, Anubia nana, Hydrocotyle sp japan.

    Hardscape: driftwood and stones find in a river!

    Substrate: ADA Amazonia

    I haven't filter, do you think it is important to add one? I can, since I've got one I never used before. Nevertheless, I'm afraid it uproots my Hemianthus callitrichoides!

    My Hemianthus callitrichoides aren't fine, I know it, I guess it's because of CO2 system. I have one but really not precise! I will add a message in the "plants" category about these plants!

    I'm sorry, this picture is ugly. The water is clean, it's just that the quality of the picture isn't good... I will try to take another one, I promise! ;)

    I also know that on glasses, there is some "moss". For the explication: this tank wasn't to me before I made it. I tried to make it disappear but a little is still on glasses!

    Besides, I made this picture one month ago. From february, I took care of my Hydrocotyle, it is really more beautiful nowday! =)



    Thanks for your help, answers and comments! :)



    Glomeridae
     

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  2. ShadowMac

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    Hi Glomeridae,

    Pretty good for a beginner. You have a good sense of scale and balance. You should most definitely use the filter system. Plants needs some flow and circulation to absorb nutrients. The flow breaks the leaf barrier and lets them take in CO2 and breath.

    You are correct, HC is very dependent on a good CO2 supply. If you currently don't have fish in the tank, don't be afraid to turn up the CO2. Thanks for sharing and welcome to ASW!
     
  3. Glomeridae

    Glomeridae Active Aquascaper

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    Thank you for your comment ShadowMac!

    I didn't know that filter system was as important as you said! About the filter, the one I speak of is a filter of 400l/h. I'm afraid the water current will be too elevated! What is your opinion about that?

    HC is a hard plant for a novice like me :confused:! I will research an another CO2 system for my plants! Furthermore, like you said, I do not want fish for the moment, so it's not a problem!
     
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    that is quite a bit of flow for your 20 liter tank. double what I would recommend. With just plants a small pump could serve, it is important to get the water moving some. A filter helps the nitrogen cycle proceed providing lots of surface area and water flow over beneficial bacteria. I would look at another filter with a rating of 200 l/h or so.
     
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  5. Glomeridae

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    Ok, so I will research a CO2 system and a new filter system! Thank you very much for your help! I'm sure it will help me!

    I found a most recent picture of my tank but still before I took care of my Hydrocotyle!
    =)
     

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    Glomeridae

    That is one massive filter for such a small tank.

    That is a very good Aquascape for a first attempt at the moment my major concern is those small rocks with the "White" markings, its very distracting in your nice new Aquascape.

    My suggestion would be either remove them or replace them with stones of similar size and shape with black river stones.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thank you!

    Ok, I will think about the rocks! :)
    That's right that black reviver stones are really nice!
     
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    Glomeridae

    I have seen the Black River Stones at large DIY Hardware/Gardening suppliers usually sold in small amounts, usually far cheaper than any LFS

    Keith:):)
     
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    Ok thank you to advise me about this, I will think about that! =)

    I started to research a new filter, I will keep you abreast about that!

    Just one question Keithgh, ShadowMac said that a filter of 200l/h is good :), what is your opinion on that?


    Thank to both of you! :)
     
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    Filtration and flow in a planted tank has a couple basic principles

    1) you want broad gentle flow
    2) you want as high of turnover you can get while maintaining principle 1 (the general rule of thumb is 10x flow to tank volume. 20 liter tank=200l/h flow, ideally)
    3)the more volume to your filtration system the more filtration media it can store which increases filtration capacity

    You can get away with less and I do on some projects. You want to see the water moving in all parts of the tank, not rapidly, but visibly moving by the leaves with some gentle movement.

    So if you have higher flow on a filter a wide mouthed outlet creates broad flow without blowing down everything in your tank or turning it into a whirlpool, this is why folks like lily pipes. There are cheaper alternatives to glass lily pipes, too.
     
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    Glomeridae

    We will often give a different opinion on Aquascaping but not when it comes to Filtration Shawn is certainly correct.

    The advice Shawn has just given you is excellent.

    LPH can be very confusing some times it can be decreased by the medium in the filter (BUT a HIGH LPH sounds GOOD)

    Keith:):)
     
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    Ok, thanks for your answer! It will help me in my research! =)
    Like Shadow said, I will maybe take a little less than 200l/h!


    I'm just sorry but I can't translate "LPH". What does it mean in other terms?
     
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    Hi there,:) Litres- per- hour ;)
     
  14. Glomeridae

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    Hi Greenfinger, thanks you, now I understand! =)
     
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    Hello!

    So, after some researchs, I found a Denn*rle's filter. It can be used in nano-tanks and can be put in the corner of the tank. Maximal LPH: 150l/h and it can be more slow...

    What is your opinion on that? =)
     
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    Nobody? Even with the spring coming? :D
     
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    Hi Glomeridae, 150 Lph Should be ok. So long as you get an even flow around your tank. As its an internal filter has it got a spray bar fitted ?? As this would help you to get a more even flow around the tank ;)
     
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    Hi Greenfinger, thank for your answer! =)

    Yes, there is a spray bar fitted with this filter! So I think I will take this one now! =) Thank!
     
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    Hello everyone!

    I will have my filter soon! =)
    I have one more question, do you think it's useful to put a glass on the top of the tank? =)
     
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    Hi Glomeridae, If you are keeping fish that have a habit of jumping" Yes" Some shrimp can climb ?? Read it somewhere ?
    Other wise its down to what you like:) I have lids on my tanks. But other members like the clean lines of the tank without the lid ;)
     
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