Gt Turbo's 10g re-scape
New to the whole aquascaping arena, so here is my re-scape of my 10g on my desk at work. It's a work in progress and for me it's more about the end-product. I have in my mind what i want it to look like in a few months when it matures. Please note this tank is Ultra-low tech. I recently got married and because I was on vacation/honeymoon for a total of 5 weeks my tank suffered from some neglect. Fish were fed daily but that was basically it.
1) Aqueon 10 gallon basic tank kit (Tank dimensions are 20"x10"x12", and it came with a HOB filter w and incandescent light hood)
2) Tetra mini heater, rated for a 10g tank (I'm only using this because it's in an air-conditioned office, our average daily temperatures here are around 29-31 degrees)
Aquarium gravel and Laterite
Swapped bulbs for two (2) fluorescent 6500K bulbs at 15w, comparable to a 75w incandescent.
Reusing plants that were in previously, but lasted though the rough period.
Vallisenaria- Seemingly three different types 055, 056, 056B.
Very tiny piece of elodea
And two bulbs that I bought in a pack, waiting to see if it actually they actually sprout, they are supposed to be an onion plant (Crinum thaianum) and a dwarf lily (not id'd yet)
API Leaf Zone
Tetras - 5 Aphyocharax rathbuni, 3 Paracheirodon axelrodi and 2 Paracheirodon innesi
Also 1 Xiphophorus variatus (there were a pair until recently :( , will take hime home to be with his siblings)
Now onto the pics.
Picture 011 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
What i returned to after the long vacation.
IMG_8937 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Removal of plants and decor
IMG_8939 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Nothing beats calcified algae and calcium deposits like Ms. Fix-It
IMG_8943 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Poor pic of emptied tank
IMG_8946 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Start of re-scape
IMG_8947 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
IMG_8950 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
IMG_8954 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Top view, finished scaping or replanting really, testing equipment
IMG_8972 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Fishies acclimation, trusty heavy duty dechlorinator and liquid ferts
IMG_8983 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
IMG_8992 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
View from Side
IMG_9001 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Tank - 5 days later
IMG_9004 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
DIY Light fix :)
IMG_8964 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
IMG_8967 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
My office flower, that almost died but a steady diet of aquarium waste water caused this
IMG_8957 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Any and all advice is welcomed. I'll also take any RAOK for CO2 equipment and plants. I'll pay postage.
i think i have the same hood. what light bulbs are you using, and what has your growth been like?
In actual fact the growth has been pretty good. I had to trim my tank and remove at least a small grocery bag full of Vallisenaria. I had to cut back the Hygrophila quite a bit.
Will post a pic of the tank in 2 weeks. The only other thing i'm going to add is 3 root tabs tomorrow. There's also a tiny piece of Hygrophila Polysperma ‘Rosanervig' in there that i thought was dead but i replanted it anyway and i'm seeing growth. So let's see how it goes.
Well guys it's been two or so months since the original rescape, which I really didn't like. It was more of a tank with plants in it. Not really a beautiful scape which is what i really wanted.
Sooo, re-rescape was in order.
Additionally, I procured a Seachem Plant Pack: Fundamentals, and have started to dose the tank as per the instructions and I added some Osmocote to the substrate.
I know you guy like pictures so enjoy.
FTS - sorry about the dirty glass.
IMG_9170 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Right Side view
IMG_9173 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
Added a few small stems I had at home to fill in between the rock border - Bacopa and hygrophila polysperma.
IMG_9189 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
IMG_9194 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
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