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Old 02-09-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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oltombon's 10g Cherry Breeder


Getting started on my 2nd tank today - a 10g Red Cherry Breeder. This is only my 2nd attempt at a planted tank and my 1st attempt to make one look decent. Here's the plan:

Low-Tech, Excel-Based (no Co2) Red Cherry Breeder

Lights: Reusing the light that came with the hood on my first 20g - 8,000K 15w T8 bulb. Just going to dremel off the sides and re-glue the plastic caps to make it fit the length of the 10g.

Filter: Marineland Biowheel Penguin 100

Heater: Fluval 50w

Substrate: Seachem Flourite

Ferts: Dosing regiment can be seen here - http://www.sudeepmandal.com/hobbies/...-planted-tank/

So, I'm going for a clean, low, open look. Here's what I'm thinking right now for the scape...

Basically, I want to lay down 1.5" of Flourite, then place the Lace Rock into a wall formation about 1/3 down the length of the tank, and fill in another 5-6" of Flourite on the short side of the wall to create a plateau'd area. I want to have a short, grassy plant (dwarf sag or micro sword?) on the plateau and a carpet of either m. quad or glosso down below. I'm going to pepper the rock wall with some kind of moss that I haven't decided on yet.


Here's the lace rock...



And a picture of the lace rock positioned in the tank for a rough idea of the wall...



So, I've acquired pretty much everything I need except for the flora + fauna. Anyone have any m. quad/glosso, dwarf sag, or moss they want to sell???


Thoughts/Comments welcome and appreciated
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Old 02-11-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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First scape attempt didn't go so well. Didn't rinse the Flourite near enough and had a mudcloud. Plus, didn't like the substrate wall in the front corner, so I decided to angle the rock wall to the back corner.

First attempt:


Second attempt:


Tank, filled, hard-scaped. Marineland Biowheel sounded like a weed-whacker so I returned it for a good 'ol Aquaclear 30. Shoulda never strayed...

Plant plans changed a little, going to mossify the driftwood and hill and rockwall. Carpet of dwarf sag going in the flatlands. Plants should arrive next week
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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I really like it! You made the right call on the back corner, I think!

That piece of driftwood would look amazing with a bit of moss. I wish I had some to give you!
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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How are you dealing your filter intake? (ie how are you keeping baby shrimp from getting sucked in?) It looks like you have a strainer, but it's too cloudy for me to see :P
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:20 AM   #5
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Second attempt looks great.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments guys.

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How are you dealing your filter intake? (ie how are you keeping baby shrimp from getting sucked in?) It looks like you have a strainer, but it's too cloudy for me to see :P
Right now I have some of my fiancee's panty hose zip-tied around the intake.

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That piece of driftwood would look amazing with a bit of moss. I wish I had some to give you!
Yeah, I have a couple golfball-sized portions of java moss shipping out today. Going to attach them to the end of the driftwood to try and get that "tree" effect. Also got some pebble-sized pieces of lace rock to tie moss to and pepper around the tree base and hill. Have enough dwarf sag to start a 55g shipping today, as well. Cannot wait.


Also, does anyone know any reputable RCS breeders? I was just planning on buying a couple groups of ten from different sellers on aquabid to try and diversify the genetics a little bit...
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:49 PM   #7
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jedimasterben is going to send me some peacock moss to finish this bad boy off.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:16 AM   #8
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Liking the rock. Evokes a bit of a cliff image.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #9
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Update: 2/18/2012

Dwarf Sag and Java Moss is in. Just waiting on some Peacock moss from jedimasterben for the driftwood/rockface to finish off the flora.





Noticed some slimy-looking mold stuff growing on the lace rock





I picked at it with tweezers and it was like a slimy blob that pulled off. Underneath, was like dried toothpaste like substance attached to the rock that I scraped off. Anyone know what this is??
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:50 PM   #10
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Mold started to spread onto the moss so today I broke the tank down completely

I'm in the process of cleaning every individual item in the tank. Boiling the ever-living crap out of each rock, and building her back up.

Hopefully, when I'm done today she'll be even better than before.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #11
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sorry to hear that. have you tried looking into underground filters? check out mordalphus' setup on the shrimp and inverts thread. I'm also in the process of making a shrimp tank.. from what I've read, shrimps can really benefit with UGF's due to the fact that the substrate is included in the filtration and it acts as a biological filter..
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