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Old 09-26-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default Gt Turbo's 10g re-scape

Hi all.

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.

Equipment:
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)

Substrate:
Aquarium gravel and Laterite

Lighting:
Swapped bulbs for two (2) fluorescent 6500K bulbs at 15w, comparable to a 75w incandescent.

Plants:
Reusing plants that were in previously, but lasted though the rough period.
Vallisenaria- Seemingly three different types 055, 056, 056B.
Hygrophila corymbosa
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Anubias nana
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)

Ferts:
API Leaf Zone

Fish:
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.

Old setup.

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

Top view

IMG_8950 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Re-fill time

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

Complete

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

Light close-up

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
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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Any and all advice is welcomed. I'll also take any RAOK for CO2 equipment and plants. I'll pay postage.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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i think i have the same hood. what light bulbs are you using, and what has your growth been like?
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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i think i have the same hood. what light bulbs are you using, and what has your growth been like?
The lights are regular grocery store lights they just have the right/best Kelvin range for plant growth. Plus at 15w with an output equivalent to 75w of an incandescent bulb, if we use the very old and in-accurrate measure of watts per gallon, I'm around 15 wpg.

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.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:13 AM   #5
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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

Stem close-up

IMG_9194 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:23 AM   #6
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Pulled down this tank to move it home (long vacation), so a re-scape was in order. A little bit of collectoritis set in. Used some stems I had here at home and then (the shame starts here) I went to the local plant source and acquired some more plants (*facepalm* I honestly tried to stop myself).

Anyway, true to form onto the pics.

Tank with only cuttings from home

IMG_9618 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

After collectoritis bug

IMG_9644 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Growing out these little guys

IMG_9633 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:06 AM   #7
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When that sag settles in it will go for the 12" mark.

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When that sag settles in it will go for the 12" mark.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! That will certainly not do for the front of this tiny 10g. I guess I'll try to replace it with that tiny bit of DHG that i got from my local source. Hmmm , maybe he might be willing to part with some more although it's really hard to come by here.

I guess the key to keeping the sag short is to keep it in low light conditions.

You know it's really funny but this 10g with the DIY CFL lighting has the highest light of the 3 tanks in the house. The 90g is suffering although I'm running 153w (3x33w CFL + 1x54w T8) on it. Anyway, thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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It settled. Had to pull out the two 12" plants.

Did a pretty big trim, gotta take some pics to post.
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Trim Day

Pre-trim

IMG_9844 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Pre-trim from the top

IMG_9845 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Post trim

IMG_9850 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

IMG_9856 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

IMG_9852 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

IMG_9860 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

IMG_9859 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Cuttings

IMG_9848 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Size of container for size comparison

IMG_9849 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

Pic for WKNDracer

IMG_9858 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:10 AM   #11
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i would say tiger shrimp,, but im no expert
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what is the tubing for in the cuttings bucket? is it just how you got the water out form the tank or something else
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what is the tubing for in the cuttings bucket? is it just how you got the water out form the tank or something else
Yes actually, I was using small air tubing to keep the flow coming out and going back into the tank as minimal as possible, so as not to disturb the flora and fauna.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:15 AM   #14
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So, no one told me but when you add a 2 - 3 month old into the picture, this is what happens to your tank.


IMG_9886 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr


IMG_9888 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr


IMG_9890 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

That being the case I had to tear down and restart. So here's the reboot.

Tank Specs -
Size - 10 gallon
Substrate -Aquarium gravel mixed with pure laterite
Lighting - 2 15w spiral cfl bulb with diy foil reflectors
CO2 - DIY (yeast, sugar, water) diffused through air stone and a small powerhead
CO2 drop checker for measuring CO2 levels.

Flora
ludwigia repens
hygrophila polysperma
bacopa caroliniana
Eleocharis acicularis (Dwarf hair grass)
lobelia cardinalis
anubias nana
hydrocotyle
echinodorus ocelot
echinodorus rose
microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
rotala rotundifolia
alternanthera reineckii

Fauna
Xiphophorus maculatus (panda platies x 3)
Otocinclus affinis (Oto catfish x 2)


IMG_0005 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr


IMG_0016 by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr


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Old 05-09-2014, 02:46 AM   #15
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I am clearly one of the worst updaters in TPT history. So anyway I tore down once again and decided to try something new.

I think this scape is more composed. I'm quite pleased with it. The tank is still low-tech, cfl spiral bulbs, no ferts, no co2.

IMG_0517[1] by Gt Turbo 1883, on Flickr

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