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runnerdude11 01-09-2013 06:30 PM

Newbie Looking for some help! PLEASE!!!
I am new to the Planted Aquarium world but I have kept various Aquariums before but I have a few questions concerning setup and requirements.
I plan on setting up a 10 gallon rimless planted aquarium that I purchased and I would like to grow either dwarf hairgrass or dwarf baby tears in carpet form and a few other low light plants and maybe some frogbit. I also plan on getting a small C02 setup as well.
-The Substrate I am using is Seachem Flourite Black
-I do have a layer of laterite on the bottom
-I have a 23W Finnex Clip on light which has:
-------2 LED Spot Moonlight
-------30,000k - 10,000k, 3U Type, Energy Saving Blue/White bulb.
-Is this enough for the dwarf baby tears or should I purchase another Finnex light to have 46W, or is that to much for a 10 gallon?

-I was Planning on Purchasing the FLuval 88gram C02 kit since i really dont want to spend an arm and leg on a setup or mess around with a DIY setup. It will only be running for like 6hrs during the day and not at night.
-How many bubbles per second do I need to do?
-Do I need to run an airstone if I have fish?

Also I have seen people start by planting their aquariums with just the substrate wet and letting there plants grow a little, should I plan on doing this if I want to grow any type of carpet?

If you know the answer to any of these questions feel free to respond!!!!!

AUvet14 01-09-2013 08:35 PM

Idk about your lighting and HC or dwarf hairgrass, but your bubble rate would depend on the amount of light and types of plants you have, so that's a difficult question to answer. It takes a bit of adjusting to figure out what's best for your tank. The goal is to get 30ppm, but in actuality, you should gradually turn it up (over the course of several days at least) until you notice signs of respiratory distress in your fish, then turn it down just a little bit. Start the CO2 around 1hr before your light comes on and it should be okay to turn it off 1hr before lights turn off.

You shouldn't need an air stone if you have fish. The surface agitation that the bubbles create will actually outgas the dissolved CO2 quicker.

As far as substrate goes, fluorite black should be fine. I have fluorite dark in my 30 gallon and it's worked great for over a year now. I don't even really thing that the laterite is necessary.

The dry start method for growing a carpet isn't completely necessary. Search "dry start method" and read up on it. I'm considering doing DSM on one of my new tanks, but I don't have any experience with it yet. I grew a glossostigma carpet in my 30 gallon without using DSM. It might take longer for the carpet to fill in, but it's not really a big deal. There's only certain plants you can do it with too, although HC is one of them.

Hope this helps some. :)

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