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Old 05-02-2013, 04:04 AM   #1
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First tank - 10G Arizona Dreaming


Hi everyone, I'm new. I've had tanks without plants before, but this will be my first attempt at a planted tank. Being a total noob, I'm going for a low-tech setup.

Husband and I are stationed in southern Arizona until the winter and we had our first son here last year. I wanted to make a tank that would reflect his native state that we can take with us when we leave.

We've collected local rocks, boiled them and scrubbed them. They did not fizz with white vinegar. The water is extremely hard out here, so I doubt they'll have much pH effect in the long term. They have been sitting in the tank for a week and no pH change so far. They seem to be a mix of sandstone and quartzite.

This is our set-up :



I'm hoping to plant some tall plants in the back and stick with smaller plants in the foreground on both sides. I'd like to maintain my "river" of rocks unplanted and tie some moss to my driftwood.

A simple 10G tank
Floramax substrate, a bit of natural river rock pebbles and local rocks
2x13W 6,500K CFL bulbs
No CO2

I'm going to the specialty LFS tomorrow (a 90 mile drive!) and want to make it count. What kind of plants should I get? Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:38 AM   #2
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You could look to see what kind of plants occur in Arizona waters. Local ponds, streams and sometimes even drainage areas harbor lots of plants.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:48 AM   #3
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You likely won't be able to find much in terms of native aquatic plants in southern Arizona, but you can find some up north near Sedona and Flagstaff. I've seen Persicaria hydropiperoides before among many others.

Nice tank!
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #4
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I couldn't find any information about submerged plants native to SE Arizona, but the owner of the LFS in Tucson told me I could give it a shot by harvesting from the San Pedro River. Apparently it's very illegal to do so, however. Since I'm very new at this, I'll pass and stick with hardy species!

I bought some bacopa, sag, fern, anubias, moss and... can't remember the name of the long grass-like blades to the left. I planted last night and already have some algae growing wild. Nice.



Does anyone have a suggestion on what to put in the background on the right hand side? The filter intake is right there, and I was concerned with it uprooting everything I'd try to plant. Many thanks!
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #5
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It looks great! I love the colors.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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Thank you I'm going to pick up a black background and some more plants for that corner this afternoon. This hobby is addictive...
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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So many choices...wistera, Needle leaf Java fern?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
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Ooooh, Wisteria is a great idea, it should cover that area quickly. Thank you!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #9
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Id recommend moving your java fern to that back right corner and don't bury the rhizome. This would leave the front left corner substrate and rock exposed which is awesome. This tank will be very unique and those plants will fill your tank soon enough.

Great job!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #10
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I can't wait to see this grow out! I love the hardscape. I definitely agree with moving the java fern back, I say keep the front clean!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:22 AM   #11
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Nice start! I just don't like the big rock on the left. I would put the red plant (ludwiga) in front of the grass.

The sags will need Seachem root tabs. The ludwiga will need ferts. My favorite all in 1 is by Select Aquatics. It comes in dry from thus it last a lot longer than the liquid ferts.

To keep algae under control I have found having a siesta period in the light period. Thus lights on 3hrs/ off 3hrs/ on 3hrs.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:05 AM   #12
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You've done a nice job so far.
Make sure the rhizome on that Anubia on the right hand side is up above the substrate, and not buried.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:14 AM   #13
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I love the desert feel to this, nice job!
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