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Old 11-20-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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Rimless H2O Box of light!






Aquarium + Substrate:
10G Rimless Aquarium L20"Wx10"Hx12"
17lbs Caribsea Black "Tahitian Moon" Sand
Hard Scape is just a few stones from outback. Actually I will take suggestions on how to improve the overall look, plant placement and hardscape...

Lighting Specs:
Par38 Flora/Fauna System = Epistar 3W LEDs, 18watts tottal for all combined.
4x 4500k Neutral White
4x 6500k Cold White
2x 455nm Royal Blue
1x 495nm Turquoise
1x 660nm Deep Red

Filtering:
Tetra Whisper 20-30 HOB filled with 1.5 Cups of Seachem Matrix and Weekly 10%-25% Water Changes

Heating:
1x NAG Brand 50 Watt Glass Adjustable set to 24C
Tank is sitting 5" from the apartments water heating pipe, this keeps the tank at 22-23C on its own.
1x NAG Brand U-Shape "ADA Style" Glass Thermometer

Water Chemistry Testing Instruments:
Glass Drop Checker + PH Solution

Current GAS System:
1x 2.5 Watt Air Pump, Injected into HOB.
1x DIY CO2 System =
2x 2L pop bottles
1x Air Valve
1x Air Tubing
1x C02 Diffuser method, injected into HOB Filter.
Recipe 2cups sugar, 1/4th tsp Baking Soda, 1/4th tsp Bakers Yeast...

Current Flora:
1x Dwarf Hygrophila
1x Bunch Tiawan Moss
1x Dwarf Hair Grass
1x Unknown Phothos
1x Bleheri Sword
3x Bazilian Pennywort
4x Blyxa
4x Dwarf Sagittaria
1x bunch Amublia
1x bunch Rotala Rotundifolia

Current Fauna:
1x Otocinclus
10x Malaysian Trumpet Snail + babies...
100s of Micro Pods.


Suggestions would be great!

**Things that are on order**
5x 50cm 6500k SMD Leds --> Just arrived and will be setting up soon.
1400x Aquarium Plant seeds, 14 species in tottal.
1x Glass Check Valve
1x Glass Bubble Counter

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Old 11-21-2013, 05:17 AM   #2
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You can add some drift wood and stone with some holes and nice texture. Also, you can still fill up more water. :-)
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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Otos First Day:

Ha has been in the tank about 3-5 weeks and doing well, nice and chubby...

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Since I want lush green /healthy plants as far as I know I need:
potassium nitrate (KNO3) Target is 5 - 10 ppm[censored]
"Phos" monopotassium sulfate Target is .5 - 1 ppm[censored]
potassium sulfate (K2SO4) or potassium chloride (No-Salt) Target is 20 ppm[censored]
Co2 either via Excell or Diy paintball or diy poor mans co2.
Med-High Lighting
Oxygen
Water Movment
Temps around 72-78F

Does this look about right? Did I miss anything at all?
Currently have Med-High Lighting Source, planing on Diy co2 set up today, Have Excell for plant food, looking into Root tabs, water movment of course is there, have an a air pump ready to use...

Now can the bubbles from the co2 diffuser be enough oxygen for the 10gal tank?
Do I NEED root tabs?
My water pump is 80LPH this seems to be a nice soft flow.
What about TDS in the water, does TDS count as a souce of Phos?

Thanks
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
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I need to find some dragon stone or limestone around here, Do have a small peice of drift wood dead center under the moss, I will be adding more water today for sure lol Thanks for your comment
I would stay away from the limestone if I were u unless u plan on stocking some fish or shrimp that require extremely hard water as it will continue to harden and raise the ph of your water.
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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I would stay away from the limestone if I were u unless u plan on stocking some fish or shrimp that require extremely hard water as it will continue to harden and raise the ph of your water.
Well ok then, I dont need limestone, my PH is always 8 anyways around my place.

What about calcium bicarbonate aka man made reef rock, its very porous.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #7
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do you know that excel is a carbon source? if you're looking for a seachem fert. i think you mean seachem flourish comprehensive
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do you know that excel is a carbon source? if you're looking for a seachem fert. i think you mean seachem flourish comprehensive
Yes I ment Excel, plants gotta eat yes! Is there something wrong with using excel?
My other tanks are doing well.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:03 AM   #9
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First post updated info...
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:09 AM   #10
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First post updated with photo.
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Does anyone know if the glass check valves are actually any good at all?
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Got the LEDs in and tested them without issue. Only 1 problem, they are very yellow in color... Maybe less then 6500k?? photos will follow.
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Fist page photos updated. Some plants have grown runners and are growing
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