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kcoscia 08-01-2013 07:38 PM

10 gallon, first real planted
It's been a week since I officially laid my eco complete and planted my 10 gallon. Its growth didn't really start because my BN cat was tearing up everything. Sadly I had to bring him to my LFS, where he will hopefully go into a nice big tank and find a mate.
So now I have a ten gallon low tech planted tank with anacharis, cabomba, java fern and a mystery fern that is probably java related.
For fish I have 5 serpae tetras (looking to increase to 7 once I feel ready to add) and one neon tetra who I rescued from my brothers tank. He thinks he is a serpae.
After one week, my anacharis has already started to grow new stems!
A question about lighting: I have two 15 watt bulbs. Does that mean I have 1.5 wpg, or 3 wpg?

kcoscia 08-01-2013 07:40 PM


rcs0926 08-01-2013 08:12 PM

You have 3 wpg although very few people on this site use wpg when it comes to lighting.

TankYouVeryMuch 08-01-2013 08:26 PM

Whats used? Lumens?

I read a lot about wpg

kcoscia 08-01-2013 08:31 PM

3 is a solid number for low light correct? what is normally used, something related to depth?

Chrisinator 08-01-2013 08:35 PM

I've always wanted to make a species tank for Serpae Tetras as they can somewhat be aggresive and this is pretty much what I thought about doing.

kcoscia 08-01-2013 08:53 PM

i love my serpaes but they are kinda rude which is why i need to get the two more so their school can be as large as my tank will accommodate. I'm also going to get a few oto cats to fill the bottom feeder/sucker position. The bummer is, serpaes prefer dark water, amazon like and that's not really where i'm going. they're hardy fish that can thrive in many conditions though, and im working on getting them plenty of plant hiding places. my water wisteria is ordered. I'm planning on floating that for them to hide in.

Chrisinator 08-01-2013 08:55 PM

I've had them in a generic community tank (they were boisterous) but they thrived and survived. They were very bright as well so I don't think you need to turn them into a blackwater tank unless it's your intention to.

kcoscia 08-01-2013 08:58 PM

boisterous is a perfect word for their behavior! i'm hoping the floating plants will help them with color. two are long finned and three are short. the two longer finned are not as bright and shiny as the others, so i'm hoping they'll feel better with more plants. my water parameters are good though

TankYouVeryMuch 08-01-2013 09:07 PM


Originally Posted by kcoscia (Post 3959897)
3 is a solid number for low light correct? what is normally used, something related to depth?

1-2 low, 3-4 med, 5+ high

Is what I thought but im still learning...

kcoscia 08-01-2013 09:33 PM

goood so my plants should really start to grow!

TankYouVeryMuch 08-01-2013 09:39 PM

I have a similar setup in my 10gal and all my plants are doing great

kcoscia 08-01-2013 10:05 PM

what do you do for fertilizer? i have eco complete substrate and dose with a liquid fert.

TankYouVeryMuch 08-01-2013 11:59 PM

Full details are in my thread linked in sig but..
Floramax substrate
Liquid ferts twice a week
Liquid co2 daily (just started the co2)
Lights on 8-10hrs

kcoscia 08-02-2013 02:21 AM

beautiful fish you have there. i see you use the flourish comp. would you recommend it?

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