New to HAAS and a little help from friend? 20L

subdivide

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Hello aquarists...

My name here is Subdivide. That is not my real name, that would be weird.

I recently attended my first auction. Super Cool. I just didn't come prepared to buy anything, but wanted to check it out.

But real question is, I have a 20L with LEDs and a hang on the back Aqua Clear that is at my work up the road. I manage teaching labs and it was used for growing Elodea canadensis to show cytoplasmic streaming, but there are 3-4 other species of plants as well, a nice pleco, a couple loaches and a couple barbs or something. Snails. Shrimp. Just for nitrogen. I spray the back of all mine flat black.

I have to bring her home and I need a stand or sturdy piece of furniture to put it on if anyone has something. I just moved to independence, near Costco and Whataburger. Ideally a stand, if anyone has one laying around. Lord knows I've thrown or given several away and spray paint is magic.

Your help will please and carry favor with the overlords.

Many thanks.

Divide. Subdivide.


Hahahaha. I'm not really that weird. I promise. Just anybody got a stand for a 29 or a 20L? If I trim it all back I may go a couple of nice Rainbow fish. Who knows. Thanks.
 
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Probably too small for Rainbows in a 20L now that I think about it. Fully planted. Just something small. I have plenty of driftwood and other decorations for fry to do it, need be, but it cannot be a Cichlid tank again, unfortunately. That was the 55 and thanks to Dan for the help on helping us get up and started. It did well for a while. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder. It wrecks stable systems. Would love to see your cichlid room today.

Just need a stand to keep this running and steady it out before any decisions are made. Thank you HAAS.
 
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Just trying to bump this. I am supposed to pick up this lush little 20L on Saturday and I need a stand to put it on. Spray paint is inexpensive. Brand new stands are and I just refuse to pay for a little Sheboygan. A 20L is 32" I believe, same as a 29/30.
 

subdivide

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Well as I live and breathe. I believe that I can pay you a visit tomorrow and a couple cans of spray paint are pretty cheap. Usually a 20 long fits on top and a
 

subdivide

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29 underneath. That's how I set one up to be a 50 system. I'll call thee. Many thanks.

Ahora, que pescasdo? (Now, what fish)
 

subdivide

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I want to thank Tim and his neighbor walking the Boston Terrier. The dog was just fun to chuck around. Tim's stand was/is perfect but was handpainted a brick red. I spraypainted 2 coats of flat black before realizing that the right solvent would have been easier to take it down to the black powdercoat. :( We even talked about it, I think. I am a knucklehead.
The stand looks great now, either way.
My work gave me back my tank this morning but it had been emptied at least a day or two previous. So they gave me back my 20 long that I used to grow Elodea and other species for educational labs and handed me back Fluval lights, AquaClear filters that need new impellors and motors, probably seals, and death. Nothing alive, just cold, smelly death. It was quite lush and green. 2 dozen elodea, 2 healthy swords, grasses, a red something that was nipped and placed a couple of times. 20 Longs are good for plants. Even not great lights can penetrate the short deck if the spectrum is decent.
But she will come back! Especially with a little help. And I have a camera in my pocket and maybe I can figure out how to post it. It's just brown now. It has a rattely filter with recently used media and a heater right now. Lights are not important until the sediment lays down, then lights for anything that can use it. 18 hrs a day + Seachem Flourish and I will test a bunch.
Thank you Tim! It wouldn't have happened this way without your help and I thank you.
My plan is to take this 20 down underneath and I found a 29 breeder to go on top. That is a decent sized system with a refugium built in or my personal favorite.... shrimpies.
I keep their water system disengaged rather than combining the two because they are kind of foul, but they are fun to watch think they are going to make it.
Otherwise, combining the systems is relatively easy. A pump and a return and some valves. Start a siphon up top and change the water in both tanks at the same time. It can be done in a nice tight little package.
Thanks man.

Any suggestions on what I should do next other than wait a week or 10 days is appreciated. I know if I stock it algae and snails will appear. But should I get community or a couple of interesting Rams? Dwarf rainbowfish aren't out of the question but this tank is too small for even a large pleco.

I will be lurking around until another question arises. You people seem to have information.

Take that info and subdivide.

And thanks again.
 

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That sounds like a great setup. 29s are nice tanks for a wide variety of fish. There are many varieties of smaller plecos that would do fine in the 29. Many of my breeding setups are 20 Longs. Just don't skimp on feeding them. They need food especially for them. Nothing too special but they can starve in a community setup.
 
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Thank you. This stand is now black and we'll hold 2 29's. thanks Tim. And it is in a tight package. I will try with the photos at some point. Okay thanks again.
 
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