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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Mike's 10 and 20L

Started both the low tech 10 and high tech 20L about 3 weeks ago.
Just added Neon Tetras to the 10 and they are doing great.

Eleocharis acicularis and HC planted submersed in 10g and dry start method in the 20.


10 Gallon Equipment
2x Spiral 13w CFL in can light fixtures. with DIY stand (needs a little more piping cut off the top)
Pengiun Biowheel 150 HOB
Aqueon Pro 100 Heater
Was doing DIW Mix co2 but recently switched to low tech Excel only
IE Dosing Reg.
PFS Substrate
Moon rock

10 Gallon Flora:
Eleocharis acicularis (dwarf Hair Grass)
Hemianthus callitrichoides (hc)


10 Gallon Fauna:
x5 Neon Tetras for now


20 Gallon Equipment: (currently DSM)
30" Coralife Aqualight 65 watt Single Linear cfl with 1000k/6500k Bulbs
Aqueon Pro 100 Heater
Eheim 2217 Canister Filter
20lbs Eco-Complete Substrate
Granite Stones from local Nursery
will be using Pressurized Paintball CO2 setup
will be dosing IE method with 50% wc weekly

20 Gallon Flora:
Eleocharis acicularis (dwarf Hair Grass)
Hemianthus callitrichoides (hc)
Blyxa Japonica (Coming soon)

20 Gallon Fauna:
None at the moment

10 Gallon Photos:





20 Gallon Photos:


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Added hc on 8/10/11 to 10 and 20.
More pics coming soon. Snapped one with my cell real quick.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 05:20 PM
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I like that granite. What is the substrate in your 10 gallon? Looks really natural.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 05:24 PM
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Your DIY light stand doesn't look to bad. Do they make fancy shop lights? That would look a lil cleaner. But both your tanks look good.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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to GitMoe: The substrate in the 10 gallon is Pool Filter Sand I got from a friend that works at a pool supply shop here in town. Can't remember the name of it though. It looks alot like play sand though. It has a different size granules in it which does give it that more natural look.

to Quentin: Thanks, I'm not sure where I could find a more aesthetic pleasing shop lights. I was thinking about just spray painting the fixtures and stand black so it blends better.
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Right on. I use PFS in one of my tanks which I really like but mine doesn't have the larger pebbles in it. Got my bag from Home Depot.
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Love the hardscape in both tanks!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2011, 12:56 AM
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Yea spray painting them black might look really nice. Go for it
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2011, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah that will be my weekend project.

I just got a bit of concerning news. The PFS I recieved from my friend told me it is indeed just play sand. So now I'm thinking that is why im getting the algea growth on my rocks and on my glass. It's the Silica!!
Its a bit of green and brown with a little hair algea. My hairgrass I think iis suffering from it because the tips are turning brownish and some hair algea is attaching to it.
all my parameters are:
PH: 7.8
Ammo: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: 0


Well also my lights were on for about 10 hours. So now I knocked it down to about 5 hours.I'll see if this helps.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-19-2011, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon update.
switched rocks with new.

Fauna added: 1 Mystery Snail,
2 Ghost Shrimp,
2 more Neon Tetras
2 Ottos to help with Algae.

Flora Added:
Ophiopogon Japonica - I know its not really aquatic but its in there temporally until I can find some Blyxa Japonica.

More Pics!!




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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Update on the 20g!

The HC and hair grass rooted nicely during the DSM.

Equipment Added:
- Ehiem 2217
- ETH in-line 150w 1/2" heater

Filled on 9-6-11

Ferts:
Flourish & Excel (for now)

Flora:
HC
Dwarf Hair Grass
Blyxa Japonica

I will check the parameters in the next couple days to see how the cycle is going.

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Tanks look real good, congrats.
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