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Old 03-15-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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10 gallon rimless LED tank.


I am hoping to use this thread as a sort of breeding journal for my daughters progress, but first let me introduce the tank!

I started this project a few weeks ago for my 11 year old daughter. I wanted to start a tank for her that she could learn from and care for and *hopefully* do some easy breeding in.

The easiest choice for her small bedroom was a 10 gallon. So we hit walmart, picked up a $13 10 gallon and I spent 3 hours taking the rim off while she played the sims 2 and "supervised".

Then we looked at fish online for about 6 hours. Her choice was CPDs. So we did our research and decided that a moss carpet would be our best bet for a good fry survival rate.

Then I decided to try and get that cool "shimmer" look by using LED lights. I would like to take this opportunity to thank IWANNAGOFAST because he pointed me to a LED fixture that produces the BEST shimmer effect I have ever seen!!! It is so awesome!

I used green plastic needlepoint canvas to sew the x-mass moss to.

I bought some fresh, bark on, manzanita twigs for this tank and I still need to figure out how to make safe. (I just stuck them in the tank and stuck petites on them for the pics.)

Tank Specs-
10 gallon rimless tank
10 watt LED floodlight mounted with PCV 6500k
miracle grow organic soil topped with play sand
Penguin 170 filter
probably DIY co2, we'll see
a heater a need to buy still
manzanita

Flora-
Vallisneria americana
anubias nana
anubias nana petite
x-mass moss
amazon frogbit
pennywort

Fauna- We dont have these yet!
6 CPDs
6 shrimp, most likely OEBTs

Here is how the tank looks today-








I really hope the moss carpet fills in well!!! I am HATING how it looks now! LOL!

Please tell us what you think!!!
WL
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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WOW!! what a lucky kid!! I wish my parent would have made a cool tank like this for me! I got a fish from the carnival and some rocks from the back yard. Once the moss fills in it will be awesome. This is a lesson in patience as well Good luck to you two on this tank and learning to breed CPDs!!!
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:48 PM   #3
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WOW!! what a lucky kid!! I wish my parent would have made a cool tank like this for me! I got a fish from the carnival and some rocks from the back yard. Once the moss fills in it will be awesome. This is a lesson in patience as well Good luck to you two on this tank and learning to breed CPDs!!!
Thanks Chad! I have always set up the kid's tanks as natural as possible. I think it helps them to learn about the fish, doing research on their habitat etc. Its pretty hard to talk them out of hot purple gravel though... the trick is to set it up when theyre not home! Then they love how it looks when youre done! LOL!

Thanks for the luck!
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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Oh yeah... um the lewd looking piece of art behind the tank is actually a Marilyn Monroe advertisement for Chanel perfume. I swear its age appropriate! LOL!
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:54 PM   #5
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Hey! No need to thank me haha I just like to spread my love of LEDs

The CPDs will hunt your OEBTs for sure though, esp. the babies so maybe go with a cheaper shrimp.

The spread on that LED light is actually pretty good, I thought it'd be a lot more focused or you'd have to mount it like 2 feet off the tank.

Lets see a video so we can see that shimmer!
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:08 PM   #6
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That is so cool, I wish my parents did that for me! I did something very similar in a 5 gal, but I had to take the wood out because it molded.
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That is sooo pretty!

I so hope that Manzy doesn't rot on you! IDK, though, if it's all fresh wood, not dried?
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That is so cool, I wish my parents did that for me! I did something very similar in a 5 gal, but I had to take the wood out because it molded.
Thanks! Speaking of the wood (I just popped it in for the pics) I'm trying to find a way to make it safe for the tank as we speak.

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That is sooo pretty!

I so hope that Manzy doesn't rot on you! IDK, though, if it's all fresh wood, not dried?
Thanks! Yeah it's fresh wood not dried. I am hoping I can seal it somehow so I can keep the gorgeous bark. IDK either. I started a thread in the DIY section for help. I already took the wood back out though.

Some thanks to you are in order as well since I took some inspiration from one of your gorgeous tanks for this layout.
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I am hoping to use this thread as a sort of breeding journal for my daughters progress, but first let me introduce the tank!

I started this project a few weeks ago for my 11 year old daughter. I wanted to start a tank for her that she could learn from and care for and *hopefully* do some easy breeding in.

The easiest choice for her small bedroom was a 10 gallon. So we hit walmart, picked up a $13 10 gallon and I spent 3 hours taking the rim off while she played the sims 2 and "supervised".

Then we looked at fish online for about 6 hours. Her choice was CPDs. So we did our research and decided that a moss carpet would be our best bet for a good fry survival rate.

Then I decided to try and get that cool "shimmer" look by using LED lights. I would like to take this opportunity to thank IWANNAGOFAST because he pointed me to a LED fixture that produces the BEST shimmer effect I have ever seen!!! It is so awesome!

I used green plastic needlepoint canvas to sew the x-mass moss to.

I bought some fresh, bark on, manzanita twigs for this tank and I still need to figure out how to make safe. (I just stuck them in the tank and stuck petites on them for the pics.)

Tank Specs-
10 gallon rimless tank
10 watt LED floodlight mounted with PCV 6500k
miracle grow organic soil topped with play sand
Penguin 170 filter
probably DIY co2, we'll see
a heater a need to buy still
manzanita

Flora-
Vallisneria americana
anubias nana
anubias nana petite
x-mass moss
amazon frogbit
pennywort

Fauna- We dont have these yet!
6 CPDs
6 shrimp, most likely OEBTs

Here is how the tank looks today-








I really hope the moss carpet fills in well!!! I am HATING how it looks now! LOL!

Please tell us what you think!!!
WL
Is that you behind the tank? LOL!

So, How many led's in that light?
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:38 PM   #10
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Just 1- it's 10watts.
Like this- http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/...&productId=684
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Is that you behind the tank? LOL!

So, How many led's in that light?
Oh yeah it's me alright! Hubba hubba! LOL! Actually it's Marilyn Monroe. My daughters room is decorated with in an old time movies theme with celebrities like MM, Audrey Hepburn and James Dean.

I have no idea how many LEDs. Here is a link to the light- http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/...&productId=684
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The CPDs will hunt your OEBTs for sure though, esp. the babies so maybe go with a cheaper shrimp.
Agreed. Try RCS instead.
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Agreed. Try RCS instead.
Thanks guys! I was actually more worried about the shrimp eating the fish! Whoops! I'll go with rcs!
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That's so much nicer than the first tank I remember having (also a 10 gallon, but with el awesomeo plastic plants. Oddly, it was also a breeder tank, with fancy guppies.) That moss is going to look incredible once it fills in
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Thanks guys! I was actually more worried about the shrimp eating the fish! Whoops! I'll go with rcs!
Cool. They are a cheaper and easier to keep alternative. Oh and please comment on the tank in my sig PLEASE??? How does everyone else get so many views on their journals?
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