missriss126 Posted February 5, 2021 Share Posted February 5, 2021 Guys, I'm sure I'm not the only person who set up a tank, let it run for a few months, and then really just not be happy with that tank. Well, that happened to me and my 20 gallon high tank. The Plan: planted tank, cool piece of spider wood, lots of floating guppy grass, some crypts, some val/dwarf sag in background. Stocked with guppies, albino cory cats, and cherry shrimp. What I got: the guppy grass I scored locally was FULL of bladder and ramshorn snails. At first this was great, I have a pea puffer, so I just plucked out a few snails here and there for that puffer, and all was hunky dory. The crypts completely melted back and haven't started thriving yet, the val died, the dwarf sag is barely holding in there, all the guppy grass just started disappearing, despite all the fish/snail waste and ferts, and the tank just looked.... sad. So, yesterday I gutted the tank essentially. Removed all floating plants, the hardscape, did a huge water change, and physically removed as many snails as I could before my hands got prune-y 😆. Which leaves me here: natural gravel, root systems of two crypts that I am crossing my fingers for, and what was labeled as dwarf sag but I think might be val in the back. I added a little cave type decoration that I had in my supplies and some trimmings from my Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus left floating around to give the guppy fry a place to hang out. I need your help! My fiancee and I were thinking we would like to just have rock as hard scape, and tons of live plants. If I can make it work I'd love a thick patch of crypts on the left side of the tank where the flow is higher from my HOB. Other than that I am totally open to other plant scape ideas! I would be thrilled if the cherry shrimp and the corys would breed in this tank. I'm not loving the guppies and would like to have other fish that would add some more color and interest to the tank. I included some pics for reference, this tank is located in the middle of my living space, so fish that aren't too shy and okay with lots of activity in the room are preferred. I have hard water, ph 7.6. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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