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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-30-2008, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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My Nano Planted Journal - rimless 10 gal

Hi everyone. Long term reader, short term poster here

Thought I might start a journal of my little planted tank I am in the process of working on:

Size: 36 litre (~10 gallons)
Model: Aqua World rimless tank
Substrate: Daltons Aquatic mix (fertilizer) and black sand (from our NZ beaches) on top
Lighting: Home made hood, with 4 x 23watt energy saver bulbs
Background: Black plastic
Filter: tiny Elite in-tank filter that I use as a CO2 dispensor as well as a filter
CO2: DIY bottle, Flourish Excell when I remember
Ferts: PMDD (haven't started dosing it yet, too busy)

Hardscape: Several random rocks the LFS gave me. Have been hunting for good rocks for ages. Might go to where they sourced these and get more/different ones, so consider this hardscape temporary
Plants: at the moment, only glosso. Hairgrass should be arriving any day now. Not sure what else yet.
Fish: 6 guppies at the moment as tank is still cycling. Unsure whether they will stay or not. Haven't decided what I'd like in there yet. I would like to have khulis as they'd love the sand, but glosso needs to be well rooted, otherwise they'll toss it all up I think. Otos if need be. Was thinking maybe a pair of gold rams...

Some photos for you:
Tank empty, with hood. Isn't it pretty. I'm lucky I have a handy partner

Layer of Daltons Aquatic mix:

Added the sand, plus a little water:

And set up with rocks and glosso:

Oh, and will be getting a bit more sand one day soon so I will be adding a little more to the back to give it more slope.

I love it when they are all perfect and empty like this (ie, no heater, filter etc). Next post I'll show some updated pics
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-30-2008, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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This is the tank 2 weeks on, with the filter, heater, thermometer, drop checker and guppies:

The glosso is growing fantastically. Its actually a few days since that photo, and its looking great, sending out runners and new leaves every day. Can't wait to get my hairgrass and get that going (and shielding that shiny heater!!)

Thermometer will be coming out, its just there for the first couple of days to check the heaters on the right temp. Will shift the drop checker around to the side (it gets the front at the moment as its brand new and I want to look at it haha). Didn't know we could get them here in NZ, and my bf spied this one in our LFS:

Works a little different to the ones I've mostly read about in the states in that you can use it for whatever kh your tank is. You use tankwater in it, and read according to your kh. The water I put in my tank has very low kh (2) so I have buffered it up to 5 with baking soda. So as you can see from the readings, my CO2 is ok Was quite cool, we took it out the tank today to see if it would turn blue, and it did. So good to know its working.

And one of my guppies:

Comments etc more than welcome and ideas for what other plants to use

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Coming along really nicely.
Can't wait until you put the hair grass in there, and everything starts to fill out. (:

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I love that tank model! It looks great. And I love those rocks.
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 05:47 AM
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i NEED to see these plans for THAT good looking light! im starting a 6 gallon rimless cube soon and that would be a perfect match!
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-07-2008, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the positive comments

As to the light, my partner made that for me. He welded it from steel, and we spray painted the outside black and the inside white. He ran the wiring out through the pipe which holds it up. As to plans... there was "I want it this long" and the lights dictated width and depth lol.

Glosso is growing really well, and I have hairgrass planted in the back and a couple of dwarf chain swords in there that I got given. Hopefully getting pressurised CO2 in a few days too.
Tank is a bit murky though, so am cutting down photoperiod to see if that helps.
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Wow that guppy is...endowed

Maybe some Swords or Rotala to cover up the background? Looks awesome

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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-27-2008, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Latest update:

Still waiting on pressurised CO2 unit. My DIY bottle ran out a week ago and I have been too busy to replace it lol. Everything seems good though. Had a green water bloom a few weeks ago which has now cleared.
Lost a few guppies though. 3 in 2 days, sadly 2 of them were my fav little gold spotties. I have a feeling my young burmese cat is to blame. No fish bodies in the tank, and none around it and the remaining guppies are happy as.
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glosso looks great! filling in nicely. are the guppies going to stay?
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very nice simple and suttle i like it.
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I really like how clean this looks. That glosso is amazing with the hairgrass I really like the sand and the rounded corners on the tank. You will love pressurized co2 and the growth will be amazing

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Great tank! any pic's detail of the DIY lighting?

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The glosso is looking nice.
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Great growth! I love how green this tank is. Very nice.
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I love this tank. It reminds me of an alien landscape. Familiar yet otherworldly.
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