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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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First Tank! 10G

Hey what's up everyone been lurking around for weeks now and this is one of my favorite forums! So since this is my first tank I went out and bought a cheap kit to begin with so I can learn about everything before moving on to better things.

So here's the memo:
-10 Gallon starter kit from Tetra
-Basic PF-10 Filter
-Stock Lighting
-Stock Heater (50Watt I think)

Fish:
Female crowntail Betta
3 Head/Light Tetras (Hemigrammus ocellifer)

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I Know I probably won't succeed with a planted tank but whenever I get a chance I will set up some new lighting and i'm making a DIY CO2 later this week.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well I know I haven't got any advice in my tank but it's been a good 2 months and I've learned a lot here reading and what not.

New stuff:
- Paintball co2 to replace DIY
- Drop checker from flebay
- fluval bubble counter

Ferts:
- Flourish Excel every other day
- Flourish Iron 2x a week
- Flourish Potassium 2x a week


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Then added some Blyxa.

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Most current with some "rescaping" lol moved the swords to the middle, propagated?(not sure if using the right word) the Blyxa, more baby tears, some glosso to try and carpet, rotala magenta.

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After having DIY co2 for about a month and now paintball co2 for a couple weeks thanks to a member here! My plants are growing a lot finally. So I trimmed my rotala's both indica and magenta and replanted the stems, trimmed about 7 big leaves off the swords, trimmed the Blyxa.

Can't forget before I rescaped I added miracle organic under gravel to help plants grow. Hopefully getting some pool sand or black sand soon to replace the gravel.

Thanks everyone! Would love comments/suggestions good and bad.

Sorry did this by my iPhone will fix the text later. Oh yea quick pick of y 2.5 nano trying to achieve a glosso carpet.
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Sorry my "aquascaping" and pictures are bad right now.

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Looks good! I'm about to make the leap to CO2 with my noob 10G. Maybe.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 02:24 AM
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Aquascaping is tricky... If I can keep the plants alive that's all I ask for.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Yea well since it's my first tank all im trying to succeed is keeping everything alive and hopefully healthy since I have killed some plants and nuked all my fish with the Co2 the first day which is now I only have 3 left haha
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Not a bad start. Looks good so far. One word of advice is this, pull that sword and sell it. It is going to outgrow that tank really fast and block the light to all the other plants. If you are looking to replace it, look into some crypts. Good luck.

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Yea I've trimmed it a couple times already but as of now guess its not causing any problems due to it being almost naked haha..

Thinking about moving my betta to the 2.5g and my rc's to my 10g. Then putting a small school of neons or something.

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Yea I've trimmed it a couple times already but as of now guess its not causing any problems due to it being almost naked haha..

Thinking about moving my betta to the 2.5g and my rc's to my 10g. Then putting a small school of neons or something.
Just wait until it takes off, you won't be able to keep up with it.

I vote for cardinal tetras if you do that. Awesome fish and great schooling behavior. Not to mention, pretty small and you could get about a dozen in that tank.

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This is a very nice setup indeed. It seems that you have learned so much in such a short time, I on the other hand have been trying this since last summer and it's slow for me. Did you also lose your betta girl when you started the CO2?

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Just wait until it takes off, you won't be able to keep up with it.

I vote for cardinal tetras if you do that. Awesome fish and great schooling behavior. Not to mention, pretty small and you could get about a dozen in that tank.
Yea I thought about the cardinals but once I saw these harlequin rasboras I just had to get them! So I bought 6. They're an incredible they immediately started to school about 30 min after being in the tank.

I redid my nano and took my cherries out. Stuck the betta in the nano due to her being young still.

The best part f today was putting my cherries in the 10g they're basically loving all the plants I got in there and the hiding spots. One minute there in my blyxa and a second later there like flying around!

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This is a very nice setup indeed. It seems that you have learned so much in such a short time, I on the other hand have been trying this since last summer and it's slow for me. Did you also lose your betta girl when you started the CO2?
Thanks! Not looking for an aquascape yet just trying to get my plants to survive! Haha I'll grab my moms camera and take some better pictures tomorrow.
For the co2 my betta was basically the only one who actually looked like she didnt mind it. After finally regulating my bubble count to a good amount she stopped coming up for some oxygen. Oh yea even after I nuked my tank the first day by accident she was the only who survived out of 8 fishes!

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Working with a stock light is no easy feat That CO2 is really doing wonders!

I can't wait to see how everything develops Looking good so far!
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Nice job!

I noticed a picture with sand as a substrate... is that your tank? Did you end up replacing the gravel?

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Oops forgot to change my first post no more stock lighting after my plants were dying in the first 3 weeks I run 2 23w cfl bulbs about 8-9 hours a day

And for the nano yep I have miracle organic with some white sand over it, and my 10g is still black gravel over miracle grow organic until I get enough money (broke student) haha

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