FOR A FULL LIST OF PLANTS SEE POST 3. I will try to update as I get more and lose some, but any questions about them or my experience with something don't hesitate to ask.
I just want to show the progress of my 10 gallon tanks.
The first tank was the learning tank.. I started off by putttiing cat litter mixd with gravel as a sustrate, first mistake. Then I used a bubble filter and since I was under the impression the bubbles would make my diy co2 less effective I turned it off during the day, second mistake. So that gave me some bad BGA
Pretty bad, but I had the internets to learn me
So I turned out the light for 3 days and left the filter on and the BGA actually started to go away. Then I saw what it could look like and decided to start over.
The first thing I did was clean it out (duh) I saved some of the cat litter mud to seed the new tank. I put cat litter mud, red clay powder and some calcium bentonite clay in the bottom and capped it with black blasting sand. Then I got an aquaclear 20 with a pre-sponge since I was planning on getting shrimp. I kept the bubble filter to help cycle the tank and added plants as I was able to get them.
10 gal tank
2-Walmart clip on lights
2-13w cfl daylight bulbs
Aquaclear 20 filter
Fluval prefilter sponge
paintball co2 tank
Parker Veriflo single stage regulator w// Palmmers pursuit paintball-1/4MPT adapter
Ista 3in1 bubble counter/check valve/diffuser
Java Moss - Taxiphyllum barbieri
Amazon Sword (Echinodorus amazonicus)
Cryptocoryne, Wendtii, Bronze (Cryptocoryne wendtii v. Tropica)
alternanthera reineckii cardinalis
hydrocotyle sp japan
lindernia rotundifolia variegated
hydrocotyle leucocephala (brazilian pennywort)
vallisneria americana (jungle val)
Phyllanthus fluitans (red root floater)
9-Indian Dwarf Puffer (Tetraodon travancoricus)
1-Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus sp.)
here are the after pictures
03/05/2013 Shrimp added brown Cherry Shrimp culls for testing
03/15/2013 Dwarf puffers added 9 out of the 11 shrimp relocated still trying to catch the others
03/25/2013 Pellia rock added
04/10/2013 A few trims and +/- some plants
The second tank is still empty but I'm waiting for some plants and I will update with tank stock and equipment when I get the list together.
So what do you guys think. I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions. suggestions.