Hey, First post here on this forum.
First thanks to all the people that help out here on the forums to make this a great site. I wanted to start a journal of my tank to help get some criticism and ideas of what to watch out for and what could be done better
Heres my tank. It’s a 10 gallon planted beta tank that’s been running about 7-8 months now.
Its always been a low tech tank, but wanting to transition to a higher tech in near future.
when first set up-8-9 months ago
I’ve had crypts, anubias, amazon frog bit, sylvinia, anacharis, rotala indica, amazon swords, and java fern since the aquarium was set up, and just recently added some water wisteria, and have some java moss coming in the mail.
I do enjoy the tangled mess that the stems become if allowed to grow along the surface. Makes a nice place for the floating plants to gather and remain relatively still instead of circling all day in the current.
Filtration – Have a hob running since the beginning, recently added a air sponge filter and air stone that only runs when lights are off. I’m planning on going sponge only once it has been colonized, or possibly moving sponge to start a new tank, and starting another fresh sponge in this one.
Hob has a water bottle out flow mod, and a piece of the crafters plastic mesh stuff to prevent floating plants from getting behind filter and getting into the heavier water circulation area.
Lighting – 1 x 15” Walmart daylight fluorescent 15 w, 2 x 13w compact flourescents both daylight, running from 1p-9p on a timer. Also have a marineland hidden led for only moonlight running during the day to about midnight.
I have had the aquarium with only 2 of the 15w fluorescent bulbs for the past 6 months, but was hardly seeing any growth. Made the decision to upgrade once I placed a potted vine plant, that grows everywhere else in the house, by the aquarium. Within two weeks, all old growth was dead and new growth was very little with lots of space in between the nodes, so decided to step up the lighting and add co2 to get more growth.
Ferts – I do once a week 30 to 50% water changes, and during I add the recommended doses of flourish comprehensive, and about a half dose of nitrogen. I just recently added api root tabs as well mainly by the crypts and swords.
I also have a gallon that’s mixed with the same doses of comp and nitrogen that I use to top off in between w/c’s a few times a week.
Also use Marineland Aquarium Conditioner with each w/c.
Co2 – Just started using API Co2 booster about a week ago (half dosage daily), along with raising the light level, some noticeable new growth mainly on rotala , java fern, and water wisteria. No visible adverse effects that I’ve noticed.
I will be switching to a diy co2 rig hopefully by the end of the week. I’m planning on using two 1 ltr coke bottles, with a 2 week rotation, so that one bottle gets swapped every week.
Just one female crowntail. Would like to have a small cleanup crew, but betta had decided she would rather have the whole 10 gallons to herself. Can’t blame her…
Regular grreat choice 10 gallon, lowes glass cut a little bigger with a drawer handle superglued to top for lid as well as a few pieces of acrylic to cover back.
Would love to go open top if it wasn’t for the dang flying ants we have here.
Also have a fluval heater set to 79-80.
Just measured water parameters 3 days after a 40% w/c using an api master kit, as well as api kh/gh.
KH read 30-50ish, GH 50, ammonia .15, no 0, no3 0, ph 7.5
Just have a few questions.
I’ve had what I believe to be diatoms for more than a few months, already seeing it turn a more light brown green type color though over the past few week with more lighting and liquid co2. Can some one help confirm that this is diatoms? It also looks like some type of hair algae possibly on a few things, I’m not sure though. Any inputs appreciated. Here is some more pics
Should I dose more nitrogen ferts being that I don’t see any during water testing?
I’ve read about ph swings when adding diy co2, is this really something to worry that much about? I will be using a bubble counter before the diffuser to help any leakage from the reactors. Would baking soda added to the yeast be helpful in my situation?
Also would it be recommended to continue the liquid co2 when I transition over to diy.
Any thoughts on the lighting and if it would still be classified as low mid or high light would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance, feel free to share your similar tanks here as well.