Description: 20 gallon planted tank. My first planted tank. Having a limited income, many of the plants are native to michigan where i live. It has a 4 ft shop light over it and a ten gallon beside it.The light has two 32 watt white bulbs.(6500k) I dose with flourish excell evey other day. The substrate is a mix with iron made at a local mom and pop fish shop.No heating.(my home stays pretty warm) A cheap wal mart hang on filter for circulation and biological management though the plants do most of the filtering.
Advice: You will sometimes find conflicting advice on keeping planted tanks(particularly lighting) but i have found that trial and error works well and you dont have to spend a lot to have lush plants. eg. my shop light!
Fish Kept: 6 white cloud mt. minnows,1 rhinohorn goby, 3-4 pond minnows including sticklebacks a baby creek chub and a white sucker fry that will be moved to a larger tank as they grow.various snails,ghost shrimp, and 2 ottocinclus.
Corals/Plants: Hygrofila difformis, red lotus,native hair grass, mystery native dwarf sword type plants,crypt undulatta,cardinal plant, native large leaf pondweed. native Riccia fluitans, native ludwigia repens.lemna minor, small bits of chara or native muskgrass.
About Yourself: I am 23 with a daughter whos almost two. I have always loved aquariums and fish and ahve kept many species but only recently started plaanted tanks. For so long i was put out with the idea of spending so much to grow plants but now i know you dont need to. And with a little time,trial and error and basically no income, i have a great tank!I am working on a planted 29 gallon now.