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Old 09-05-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Thrift Store 10 gallon Dirt


Bought this tank for $3.50 at a local thrift store. Spent about 3 hours cleaning it and the filter. Came out almost like new. Been up and running about a month now, with a dirt substrate and gravel cap, with a patch of play sand in the corner.
Right now, it has an Amazon Sword, Red Crypt, Narrow Leaf Java Fern, Telanthera cardinalis in the back (can't see it in these pics), Staurogyne repens in the foreground, along with dwarf hairgrass in the sand. There is also a single leaf of Anubias nana on the driftwood, and assorted floaters.

Lighting is two 23w CFL, with tin-foil added to the reflectors in the hood.
Almost ready to add some critters, I think
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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Love the drift, and great find!
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Wow! That really is a great find, also that driftwood looks amazing. What kinda of critters are you hoping to add to the tank?
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Thanks
Going to be transferring my neon Tetras and Ghost Shrimp to this one, so I can redo my 20H.
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That will be cool, post pics with neons in there!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:41 AM   #6
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First two neons are in. If they make it through the day without going belly up, they will see some friends tomorrow night!
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:36 AM   #7
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That driftwood looks like a skull! Very cool!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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Moving in
Got three of them in the tank, along with a ghost shrimp
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:29 AM   #9
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Shrimp likes the driftwood too!
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:43 AM   #10
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Wondering if I have too much light.
I am running two 23 watt CFL, but they are mounted horizontally, and from what I have seen, the PAR makes it more of a medium lighting set up.
Thing is, I started getting what looks like hair algae on my Sword. I have been running about 8 hours of light, but wondering if backing down to 6 is the way to go, or if I should go with 13w CFL's instead?

My hairgrass and staurogyne repens are really eating the light up the way it is, so not sure if backing off to save the sword will kill everything else?
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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It's not uncommon to see a little hair algae on a new tank. Adding a few more plants will help. 2-23w cfl seems like alot but you could just try and shorten your photo period or try a 13w cfl on 1 side or removing your DIY reflector will cut down the light too.

Looks good
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:40 PM   #12
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Well, I have backed it down to 6 hours starting yesterday. I'll see how that works for a bit. If not, the bulbs will get changed I guess.
The good news is everybody has been moved to the tank for the last 5 days or so, and seem to be liking the new digs
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:43 PM   #13
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You could always do a siesta period with your lights, like a 5-4-5 or something to the effect like that
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