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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Blitz's 10 gallon

Hello I have redone my tank and I'm starting a journal so feel free to fallow of you wish

Tank specs
Standard 10 gallon

Fish
-two rabbit snails
-two otocats
-one sword tail guppy
-two amano shrimp
-two African dwarf frogs

Plants
-java fern
-anubias
-anubias nana
-crypt
-riccia ( carpet)
- unknown small needle plant
- hydro











Let me know what you guys think any tips would be great!!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 03:37 AM
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Is that a co2 ladder?
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 04:41 AM
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You should definitely get the java ferns rhizome out of the gravel. Its best if attached to a piece of DW or a rock of sorts. Same idea you had with the anubias would work great. Give that puppy a good glass scrubbing and out of curiosity what are your equipment specs? Lighting, filter, ect?
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-30-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Filter 10-20 gallon aquaclear filter
Lights two 13 watt 6500k spiral cfl
Co2 DIY with ladder diffuser
Heater temp maintained at 78 degrees
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You seem to have a worthy setup so just as long as you re plant that java fern and give that tank a good cleaning(mostly for visual purposes of course) you should be all good.

Oh you may want to look into swapping out your substrate because by the looks of it you just have regular gravel in there. Unless you are going to go the route of root tabs and/or some sort of water column dosing it will be a must to get a good substrate in there. your plants will definitely need something seeing as how you have the diy co2 and a pretty good source of light.

How many bps are you running with your co2 setup?
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You seem to have a worthy setup so just as long as you re plant that java fern and give that tank a good cleaning(mostly for visual purposes of course) you should be all good.

Oh you may want to look into swapping out your substrate because by the looks of it you just have regular gravel in there. Unless you are going to go the route of root tabs and/or some sort of water column dosing it will be a must to get a good substrate in there. your plants will definitely need something seeing as how you have the diy co2 and a pretty good source of light.

How many bps are you running with your co2 setup?
I use API root tabs but if I where to change my gravel what would you suggest ?
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There are many different options but since i have only used eco complete my opinion wouldnt do much good. You can do different combinations of dirt/sand/gravel or purchase an over the counter aquarium substrate such as flourite,eco complete, ect. There are many different threads on this forum that could help you decide so you may just have to search around and see which one fits your setup best.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-02-2012, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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How about black fluorite sand ?
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Update plants are growing like crazy!!

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 12:39 AM
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yeah flourite sand will work. looks like you have an algae issue on your hands! How many bps (bubbles per second) are you running?
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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 01:12 AM
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I dont believe you can control the bps with that setup as its yeast based. Probably 2ish at most bps.

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touche! just trying to figure out the algae issue but then again he does have 26 watts over a 10 gallon so that probably isnt helping the situation. What is your photoperiod?
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post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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The algae problem is from the lights being on for too long
1:15pm-1:30am I know too long

I work late and have not set up a timer yet for my lights how long should I set the timers for 10 hrs?
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Scrub all the algae off the glass as good as possible then lower your photo period a couple hours. I would get a timer and set an off hour somewhere in the middle of your photo period as well. Not all timers have that function though so be careful of what you buy. That will give the plants a rest and it will also keep the algae problem at bay. If you get rid of the algae you can always bump the photo period back up until you start to see signs of algae a bit then chop off a half hour at the on and off of the photo period.
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Added a timer photoperiod
On 11:00am - 3:00pm
Off 3:00pm - 4:00pm
On 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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