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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon low tech (Iwagumi?)

After much success on my high tech 45 gallon tank I've decided to try something smaller that would cost much less. I picked up a 10 gallon tank and de-rimmed the top only and also picked up some Aquasoil Malaya.Also added a coconut since I'm planning on adding a pair of Apistos . So this is what I have so far.



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Lighting: Im most likely going to use CFLs but don't know what wattage. What ever the wattage is i want to be able to grow a carpeting plant maybe glosso, ricca, or a type or hair grass. I'll also be using DIY CO2 and dosing ferts.

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very interested in trying something similar...cant wait to see your progression, will cherry shrimp work with apisto's?
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very interested in trying something similar...cant wait to see your progression, will cherry shrimp work with apisto's?
The only shrimp that I know of that will work with Apistos are Amano shrimp ( specially ones that are larger in size ). After all Apistos are Cichlids and if it fits in their mouths they will eat it.
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Ready the sticky in the lighting section about CFLs and I'm think of getting one 27W CFL. Would that provide enough light throughout the thank or should I get two bulbs with half the Wattage?
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Here's a DIY CFL light fixture I just made for about $25.



I chose to go with two 19W 5000K CFL bulbs. There about 10" above the water. Would 5000K be enough or should i get 6500K. HD didn't have any so I would have to order them.
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5K will be fine, i've used 5k bulbs in the past and have had success.
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