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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Dkbmxr18's 10g Free stuff tank journal

My sister has been really busy with school so she decided to take down her 10g dwarf puffer tank and gave it to a good home (me). :-) I have had a lot of fun with my Edge tank in my room and decided to put this one out in the kitchen where my roommate and I could both enjoy it. The idea of this tank is only to use free stuff that I have either found or using leftovers from my edge.

When I went to visit the family for the holidays I picked up the tank. While I was in Santa Barbara I went out and got a nice piece of Manzanita. After soaking it a few weeks and giving it a couple of runs in the dish washer and oven, I set it all up! I tied a couple pieces of java fern to the manzanita that have been growing on my existing java fern in my Edge. I'll add some moss n such once some more grows in my edge.

I packed some extra filter media into my edge filter to get seasoned to put in this tanks filter when I decide to add a few shrimp to this tank.

I'm proud to say that so far this tank has cost nothing except the electricity to run it :-)


Tank
10g

Lighting
15w 5500k

Equipment
Aquacleaer 30 Filter, Tetra 100w heater (I think...)

Substrate
Left over gravel from my edge.

Fertilization
Aqueon Plant food every couple of days.

CO2
DIY into the aquaclear

Flora
Java Fern, Anubias, and Java Moss.

Fauna
15ish Cherry Shrimp, 1 Amano, 2 Ghost shrimp, 2 endlers.

Just after I filled it. Some bubbles lingering...


I cut a piece of plastic so the cats can't go fishing in the back of the tank.


Any thoughts, comments, and criticism are always welcome!

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looks great, that piece of wood is so sick!
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Well you gotta love free stuff. Everything is better free .....well almost everything. Tank looks nice! Are you planning on some rockscape in there as well or just sticking with the manzanita?
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Everything is better free .....
Not Crabs.


Tanks looks like a great start!
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Well you gotta love free stuff. Everything is better free .....well almost everything. Tank looks nice! Are you planning on some rockscape in there as well or just sticking with the manzanita?
Yes, I do plan on collecting some rocks. Not sure where they are going to go yet...depends on the rocks I guess. Big ole storm here in CA so rock collecting is going to wait 'til the skies are clear again

How long should my media packet for this tank be in my established fluval edge tank before it's seasoned enough to add some cherry shrimp? I'm not in any hurry at all....yet :-)
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The tank and everything are just stuff left over? It looks all new!

I would add various species of anubias for the background and foreground and keep it a low light tank.
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The tank and everything are just stuff left over? It looks all new!

I would add various species of anubias for the background and foreground and keep it a low light tank.
I did a good job cleaning the tank
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Nice setup, where did you get that branch? can you just pick one up from outside and use it on your tank or does it have to be a special wood?
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Some changes to the tank! I got some flourite yesterday (with a gift card) to replace the regular gravel for all the plants I'm going to eventually put in here, I found two rocks that fit really nice in the corner, hooked up a diy c02 w/ a glass diffuser that I wasn't using, and also moved the manzanita. I think it looks way better! I'm just hoping the rocks are aquarium safe.....

Now I'm to the point that I think I'm going to have to spend some money. I'm going to put some java moss on the top left corner where the top of the manzanita is and also have some on the branch that sticks out towards the front of the glass. In the back right corner behind that manzanita I'm going to have a bunch of thick plants that fill up the triangle up to the manzanita. The LFS is converting a bunch of their tanks into a large FW plant selection in the next couple weeks so I'll get all my plants there.

Tank is coming along though! Here's some pics.
A little cloudy still...FTS

The rocks... aquarium safe? I hope!


Ignore the little rock with moss on it. It wasn't growing in a dark corner of my EDGE tank so I threw it in here to see what it does.

Thoughts? Comments? All appreciated :-)
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Looks good so far. Keep us posted.
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I actually like the wood better the other way, but that's just me.
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I swapped the flourite for the original black gravel b/c I decided to take everything out of my Fluval Edge tank and start from scratch. Everything is low tech... Java Fern, Moss, and anubias so there was no need for the florrite. Everything fell into place nicely. My cherries, amano, and endlers are happy as well!
As of right now this tank is done. Time to start the Fluval Edge Rebuild!

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what kinds of moss is that? it looks great!
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Mind if you take a frontal shot of your newly scaped tank?

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what kinds of moss is that? it looks great!
Just Java Moss on slate. It is still brown. it was in a shaded spot in my old tank, hopefully it fills in more!

<PinoyBoy Mind if you take a frontal shot of your newly scaped tank?>
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