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. I am working on getting my tank set up. The overall goal right now for this aquarium is to give me the ability to teach my junior high students about things such as the process of photosynthesis without having to continue purchasing plants from the store, just to see them die because of what we do with them in the classroom. Right now here is what I have:
1. For substrate, I have a couple inches of Caribsea Floramax Planted Aquarium substrate. This is going to be the only substrate I am using because I am trying to keep this lower cost. (Or at least spread out the cost so I don't notice it as much
2. For my filter, I am going to get a HOB quiet flow ten. I am hoping this will be enough because I do plan on stocking this with quite a few plants.
3. The lighting is the part I am most newbie at I guess you could say. I have had tanks before but nothing with live plants in it. I have a single bulb hood (this is something that I hope to replace in the future but it will have to do for now). The bulb is an Aqueon Floramax T8 Fluorescent bulb with a Watt output of 15 watts. Given that my tank is only a standard 10 gallon, I was assured this would be enough for now.
4. As far as a heater, I have a HOB heater that I have to use again for budget reasons. The only potential issue is that it sits in the substrate maybe a quarter of an inch. I am thinking that if that is a problem, I will just move the substrate, but it seems like it is not a problem, based on what I am reading around the web.
5. I am going to use both "liquid" CO2 (API CO2 Booster) and plant food (API Leaf Zone). I was told that these both work well to help the growth of the plant. Since my tank is so small to start, I felt as though I did not want to shell out large amounts of money for a CO2 booster. If this doesn't work, I will try to work out some DIY CO2 injector.
That's the plan right now. I will get pictures up soon. Let me know what you think as far as a starter tank/supply tank in a classroom.