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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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10 gal planted

Hello, I am planning on setting up a simple low tech 10gal planted tank. I have not had a freshwater tank for YEARS and got out of Reef keeping last year. I current have Darts Frogs and Snakes. My plans are to try to keep it simple with some low-moderate light plants.

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10gal tank
Either 20" 36W T5 or two clamp lights with CFL bulbs
Aquaclear 20 filter
Heater?- This tank will be in my frog room so temps average around 75 deg.

Hardscape:

Driftwood

Substrate:

Eco complete substrate.

Ferts:?

Flora:

Anubias nana
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Ludwigia repens?
Lilaeopsis zelandiae or Eleocharis acicularis
Microsorum corymbosa

Fauna:

Netrite snail
Oto
Cardinal tetrax4
Harequin rasboras x5
Ammano shrimpx 2

Hope to be setting this up in the next couple of weeks.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 07:12 PM
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That light will probably put you in the high light range unless you plan on elevating it. With high light you will need Co2. As for fertilization, in a low light tank you can probably get away with out it. In a high light tank it will likely become mandatory. Fertilization 101: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html

The rest looks good to me.
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Thanks, I think I'm gonna go the clamp/cfl light route and not the T5. Thanks for the link I will def read up more before considering dosing.
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Thanks, I think I'm gonna go the clamp/cfl light route and not the T5. Thanks for the link I will def read up more before considering dosing.
Did the 10 gallon come with a hood?
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I haven't picked one up yet, so I could get one with a hood, and swap out the stock bulbs with cfl's
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I haven't picked one up yet, so I could get one with a hood, and swap out the stock bulbs with cfl's
That's what I did with mine and it works really well. I'd recommend getting some 6500k ones though because they have a nice color and I've noticed my plants grow better at that color temperature.

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I haven't picked one up yet, so I could get one with a hood, and swap out the stock bulbs with cfl's
That's what I did with my 10 gallon. Swapped out the 2 incandescent bulbs for a pair of 10 watt 6500k CFLs...easiest tank I have to maintain. Good growth, and not too much effort. Love it.

Oh and cheap, I think the tank/hood/filter "kit" was $28, $15 heater, $5 light bulbs...done.
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That's what I did with my 10 gallon. Swapped out the 2 incandescent bulbs for a pair of 10 watt 6500k CFLs...easiest tank I have to maintain. Good growth, and not too much effort. Love it.

Oh and cheap, I think the tank/hood/filter "kit" was $28, $15 heater, $5 light bulbs...done.
Sounds like a plan
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-28-2012, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Got the tank, hood, filter, replaced the stock bulbs with 10W CFLs. Should have my eco complete and driftwood by tomorrow. Now I need to find the plants that I want.
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I love my eco complete.
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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Added the Eco completed and piece of driftwood. It is filled with RO water and filter is running. Try to get some plants this coming week. Its a little cloudy right, but I'll try to get a picture or two up. I not sure of my driftwood placement at the moment.
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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 10:35 PM
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I like the driftwood. Is that the red Ecco? I have an empty 10 gal that I might have to set up now.
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post #14 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, that is red eco, I could not find black. I like the piece also, just trying to decide if I like it on the left side or put it more in the middle.
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-16-2012, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Got the rest of my plants in today. I think I should have ordered one anubias nana, didn't realize how big they would be. Try to get some pics up tomorrow.
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