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Old 07-19-2011, 06:04 AM   #1
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Which plants for a 10 gallon tank?


Hi,

I'm already running a high tech 75 gallon tank & last week I bought a 10 gallon tank for my betta & assassin snails. It came with a hood that has a cheap Chinese made 15 watts lamp. I have a bag of Flora Base substrate that I'm going to use in it. I have all the dry ferts & some excel but NO co2.

Considering the light, substrate, no co2, and the ferts (don't know which ferst would be necessary), which plants would you recommend for this tank? I was thinking about anubias nana and cabombas and I'd like to know what other plants I could use.

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:16 AM   #2
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Ups, I just saw the sticky with the plant list. By reading some of the comments, most people are using 2-3 watts of light per gallon. How about in my case? 15 watts over a 10 gallon? Would it do the trick? Oh and the ferts? Which ones should I dose?
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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I bought a 10 gallon tank for my betta & assassin snails.
It came with a hood that has a cheap Chinese made 15 watts lamp.
which plants would you recommend for this tank?
Is that fluorescent or incadescant?
Sags and crypts are easy to grow.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:24 PM   #4
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Is that fluorescent or incadescant?
Sags and crypts are easy to grow.
It's fluorescent. Would it be worth a try to make DIY CO2 for this tank?
Would the DIY CO2 give me more option in plant selection wise even with a single 15 watts lamp?

Could you please give me a few examples of Sags?

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Old 07-20-2011, 05:32 PM   #5
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It's fluorescent.
Would it be worth a try to make DIY CO2 for this tank?

Could you please give me a few examples of Sags?
Sagittaria subulata

Don't know much about Co2 yet. mizu-chan had 2 clip on lamps with Co2 injected over 20G long.

My next plan is to set up tank and use Co2 tabs for the smell of Diy Co2 irritated my sinuses.
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Sagittaria subulata

Don't know much about Co2 yet. mizu-chan had 2 clip on lamps with Co2 injected over 20G long.

My next plan is to set up tank and use Co2 tabs for the smell of Diy Co2 irritated my sinuses.
The 15 watts lamp has 10000 kelvins
By the way, I feel your pain, my sinuses are infected too.
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:47 AM   #7
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Sagittaria subulata

Don't know much about Co2 yet. mizu-chan had 2 clip on lamps with Co2 injected over 20G long.

My next plan is to set up tank and use Co2 tabs for the smell of Diy Co2 irritated my sinuses.
Wow I just saw mizu-chan journal, was that supposed to be a low-tech tank?
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:14 AM   #8
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By the way, I feel your pain, my sinuses are infected too.
Mine don't get infected anymore due to drinking a lot of tea tonics. Just constantly irritated and thus causing my eyes to be irritated. Some people at work think I am ill or upset. I tell them I am fine I just have chronic sinus problems. Best cleansing tincture is Cat's Claw.

My sister-in-law had chronic sinus infections and now has cancer in her sinuses, which is inoperable.
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Mine don't get infected anymore due to drinking a lot of tea tonics. Just constantly irritated and thus causing my eyes to be irritated. Some people at work think I am ill or upset. I tell them I am fine I just have chronic sinus problems. Best cleansing tincture is Cat's Claw.

My sister-in-law had chronic sinus infections and now has cancer in her sinuses, which is inoperable.
Forget about the lighting and the DIY CO2 now I'm scared!
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My 10 gallon super low tech:

Standard incandescent hood modified. Painted white on underside and added mylar behind the bulbs, replaced bulbs with 2x15 watt 6500k spiral cfl bulbs. Sealed with clear acrylic siliconed on the underside of the hood. overall cost of mod: $14. Took about 30 minutes to complete (minus paint drying time).

Marineland penguin 100 biowheel filter
1/2" of mineralized topsoil mud capped with 2" of black gravel, supplemented with Seachem Flourish root tabs. 10 hour photo period.

Plants:
Crypt Wendtii
Wisteria
Brazillian Pennywort
Anubias Nana
Purple Cabomba
Hygrophyla corymbosa

Livestock:
Cardinal tetras
Otos
ghost shrimp
malaysian trumpet snails
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Forget about the lighting and the DIY CO2 now I'm scared!
Just got to cleanse the sinuses and all will be okay. There is also the nettle pot that works good.
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My 10 gallon super low tech:
Standard incandescent hood modified.
overall cost of mod: $14. Took about 30 minutes to complete
Got a link to it?
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Got a link to it?
Sure do! I followed this video pretty much step for step, only used different bulbs. Petco/Petsmart (my only local options) only carry the zoomed 10watt 6700k bulbs for this purpose, and at 10 dollars a piece, I decided instead to go to walmart. In this video, he is making this mod for a reef tank so he uses coralife 50/50 cfl bulbs. I opted for the $6.50 for a pack of two small size GE spiral cfl bulbs at 6500k. The other thing I did different is that I added a bit of mylar, which honestly could be skipped. It made very little difference and if I did it again I would skip that. I used the shiney mylar used to hold pop tarts, cut them open and wrapped/super glued them to the little aluminum reflectors on the back side of the bulbs. If you have the hood in question you will know what I mean. Anyway, here it is. Parts were the two new bulbs, one can of 99cent gloss white spray paint, one 24"x12" sheet of acrylic from home depot (make sure you know how to safely cut acrylic, score with a knife, then break, be careful not to cut yourself), and a bit of silicone sealant. Just make sure to let the paint and silicone dry for several days, that way it doesnt drip back in the tank due to condensation. Once a year, replace the bulbs. The silicone is a soft sealant and can easily be cut and scraped away, then just replace the sheet and use fresh sealant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovwew1xZuHs

The best part of this mod is that I get good lighting for low tech (would probably be good enough for CO2 injected tanks too, I'm at technically 3 wpg, but since they're spiral bulbs with mediocre reflection, I'd guess I'm in medium light territory), and it is safe. The bulbs are sealed in and free of any moisture. They don't run super hot either. you can open the little feeding vent for extra ventilation if you feel so inclined. I just feed the fish through the back next to the filter. I saved myself 50 bucks at least doing this instead of buying a pre-fab unit and trying to suspend it over the tank somehow.
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I followed this video pretty much step for step
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovwew1xZuHs
Thanks!! Shall save info for later, for just got a new tank to set up.
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Thanks!! Shall save info for later, for just got a new tank to set up.
Hey, what do you think about two T-5 14 watts lamps? That gives me 28 watts of T-5 NO lights. Each bulb is 10000 kelvins. I'm planning to make a DIY CO2 as well...the DIY recipe that calls for yeast & jello...I can't find the link anymore
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