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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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My first planted tank, criticisms welcome

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10 gallon, I have about 1.5"-2" of potting soil and a thin layer of sand. Went to my local lfs to get some plants and I knew I wanted hornwort and java moss because of their hardiness, but he also gave me two other plants that are on the left that I do not recognize.


Lighting is 1 6700k 15w flourescent bulb, and 1 5000k 23w cfl, Is this sufficient lighting? I plan on soon upgrading to something that looks a bit nicer, probably from aquatrader. Only fauna I have at the moment are a few rams horn snails.


I was also given some Tetra flora pride, not sure if I should dose that because I read that the potting soil gives the plants the nutrients they need. If anyone has any concerns, criticisms or advice, I would really appreciate it.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 06:02 AM
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I think you have plenty of light. The plant on the left looks like java fern, pull the ends out of the sand or they will rot. You can tie or glue them to rocks or driftwood but you can't bury the stems.

What I've done with java fern is to leave it wrapped in the metal band you bought it with, and just sitting on the bottom. The old leaves will produce plantlets and you'll have enough java fern to cover the world!!! It can take a while but it's an easy way to multiply for future planting or scaping.
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yea java fern will rot if you bury the rhizome but just like creekbottom said you can weight them down the roots are ok to be bury i have a load of it just weighed to the sub
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks, appreciate it!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 05:56 PM
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I think some smooth round river rocks would jazz it up a bit. Or some driftwood... or both. I'd add a little hardscape.
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I'm more unhappy about the red wall I see behind the tank, lol.
As for lighting, this tank is lit with 2 house bulbs.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Just put in a nice piece of lava rock and attached the java fern to it. Also, I know about the red wall, LOL. That is usually the first thing I do is a black bg but I thought I had more of the paper but I was wrong. Ill get some next time I go to the store
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Here's a little update. Got a black background, attached my fern to the lava rock and also picked up a nice little piece of driftwood, but I am going to let that soak for a few days.
Still planning on putting the floating plant along the back but letting it float and grow for a few more days, seems to be doing nicely.

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