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Old 12-16-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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I took the leap. First planted tank

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I had a spare 10 gallon tank, and decided to plant it. I have always wanted to do this and I am glad I did. I started with the soil: Miracle-Gro Peat moss first since I couldnt find the organic stuff, then a top layer of Virgo pea gravel. I bought these from The Home Depot and rinsed the gravel well. I purchased potted and loose plants from my local pet store. I have little knowlege of what plants to get so I got an assortment. I also had an anubias that had been floating around in my goldfish tank for 3 years. I chopped it into 3 pieces and threw it in.
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very small HOB filter to move water
2 13w compact florescent bulbs with wrong spectrum
peat moss
pea gravel
few pieces of local granite from lake
1 Hero ghost shrim
colony of black and gold flecked snails.

Anubias (3)
Java? (1)
Crypts (8)
anacris? (2 groups)
Ludwiwia (3 groups)

Here is the tank on the first day:


I am now on my 3rd week now, and the tank is doing well. The black snails with gold flake have appeared and are happily keeping things clean. I also put a few ghost shrimp in, but they were kind of sickly, and only one lived. I did a few water changes along the way. I may do a DIY co2 bottle in the future.
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:19 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Skellington View Post

Anubias (3)
Java? (1)
Crypts (8)
anacris? (2 groups)
Ludwiwia (3 groups)
The Crypts and Ludwiga need a better substrate. I think RootMedic root tabs would help.
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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Anacharis is a floating plant.
Anubias have a Rhizome which looks like a stem running across the bottom of the leaves and this part is not supposed to be planted, but only the roots which hang down from it. People often tie these to rocks/wood for this reason.
I have used bulbs from 3100K to 18,000K with mostly the same results but the 3100K was a red/blue enhansed plant bulb by GE.
Ludwigia grow very slowly until they reach the top or close to it. They also get white "roots" coming from the sides. Sometimes I trim these at least from the middle of the plant to the top. I have heard they are mostly for stability.
If the Crypts are Petco's they will do well. If Parva you might not have enough light for them. If Petchii you do have enough. They change from above the water grown plants rather quickly, but then grow very slowly after that. Those leaves look like the shape of leaves grown above the water.
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