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Old 02-27-2010, 03:22 AM   #1
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10 Gallon Low Tech Rock Scape-RCS Tank-Update 7-10-10


Specs:
-Marina 10 Gallon Tank (top is rimless out the box)
-Zoo Med 501 Canister Filter
-Ebay Lily Pipes (broke inlet so zoo med intake for now)
-Tetra Heater in PVC Piping Inline
-DIY Clip on CFL light-23 Wattx2


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-HC

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-5 Red Cherry Shrimp

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Old 02-27-2010, 03:47 AM   #2
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Some inhabitant shots:






And here is it in my room with the new tank I just setup yesterday (dry start)

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Old 02-27-2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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not bad for a start man, what type of camera are you using by the way?
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:43 AM   #4
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The camera is a borrowed Panasonic DMC-LZ7. It is just a point and shoot. I couldn't get it to take anything at first but found a setting where you could pick a spot and adjust the white balance (which is different from the auto white balance). That was the only way I could get decent pics, I don't really like the camera but don't own one so what can I do lol.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:03 AM   #5
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I like the wood in the dry start tank.

2x 23W bulbs over a 10g is quite a bit of light; I think you may have algal problems if you don't raise your lights up a bit.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:16 AM   #6
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I have had this setup on my old tank and never had issues. It has been up for only a week but zero algae. That is one reason I did make my lights adjustable though.

Thanks about the wood. I am not sure I am going to use it. I found it hiking in the Berkeley hills awhile ago.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:55 AM   #7
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Great start man. If you need more manzies, lemme know since it seems like your a Bay Area local.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:00 AM   #8
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Great start man. If you need more manzies, lemme know since it seems like your a Bay Area local.
Thanks man. I really just have that for a visual of what I want try to do while dry starting. I have found you can get alot of mananita at the SF flower market which my GF lives a block away from. Most to big for my tank but I could cut it down. Love all your tanks btw.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:03 AM   #9
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Ok, update time....One of my RCS was pregnant before I got her and didn't drop her eggs through the acclimation process, etc. I found her on the floor and got really sad since it would be the first time I had anything in my aquarium reproduce. Today I noticed that another female was carrying eggs. I got happy. Then I noticed a baby shrimp and another, and another. It seems the female that jumped had her babies before doing so. Very happy.

I tried to take pics but couldn't get any so I took a FS shot. There is an algae waffer in the middle. It is filling in faster than I thought actually but still slowish. The glass is dirty so the pic isn't great.

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Old 03-12-2010, 09:08 PM   #10
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Well, the babies are now big enough to take pictures of. I don't know how many I have, but it's alot. I also have 2 more pregnant shrimp. I may have a little factory going here.

Baby


Size comparison (and these grew almost 2x there size in a few days)


I am having trouble getting some full tank shots due to no background. I have some GDA which is actually welcomed right now but I have raised my lights. My photoperiod is really long and will be reduced when I want the GDA to go away. As long as I don't get other algae, this is fine as it is pretty easy to get rid of in my expreience.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:42 PM   #11
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OK, I tried to get a good FS shot but couldn't. I tried to edit it and went to far but it gives you a decent idea (I never edit pictures of my tank before so I had no idea what I was doing)



Even though it is filling in slowish, I would say the growth is good. I think it will fill the rest in in the middle pretty quick. I will need to add some more HC to the sides if I want that to really start to grow out quickly, I might, I am in no rush.

Oh, I also stupidly broke my intake lilly pipe so I am pissed about that. I don't know when I will get a new one, it isn't a priority.
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I didn't realize an iwagumi layout could be done low tech, this should be fun to watch. It looks good so far. I would suggest a background, as I find the shutters distracting from the aquascape, but that may just be me.
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I didn't realize an iwagumi layout could be done low tech, this should be fun to watch. It looks good so far. I would suggest a background, as I find the shutters distracting from the aquascape, but that may just be me.
I don't concider it a true Iwagumi layout as I really only used the "rules" as a guideline. I also only have HC now but who knows, I may throw in stems or whatever. I just will do what I feel like.

I have done a few low tech scapes but never took pictures. I find a 10 gallon does great with a incandecent hood, using 2 13watt 6500k GE bulbs. You can grow "high light" plants with good color, it is just really slow. If you run into algae problems (I have yet to have more than GDA), you just shorten the photo period to 5-6 hours and in a few days it is gone. Works every time for me and when I want to get rid of my GDA, I will do the same.

Many people think HC needs CO2 and high light. I have no trouble with this. The HC that is in there has been grown under less light for almost a year and a half. Does fine, almost no ferts (like 2x a year). I use excel for faster growth but don't do it regularly.

Low tech is awsome for sure. I love my high tech 29 but it is like 10x more work. It is more fun to experiment though because things grow back qucikly and you can make things do what they shouldn't. I have some sunset hygro I dont know what to do with so I put it in there. It isn't making a true carpet that is attractive but it is basically carpeting my substrate.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:12 PM   #14
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Oh, and the reason I don't have a background yet is I plan to use window tint for cars. I have a problem in the fact that I only have about .5in where the window sill is. I just need to find a day where I have a ton of patience.

I am also thinking a gradient background with a timed light would be cool, I am pretty limited with room but may try to go that route with a small PC/T5 bulb or LED's. I also want to add led moonlights at some point as well, just haven't had time.
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Ok, it's been a bit over a month. This tank is doing SO well. It is basically on auto pilot. I do a 10% water change every time I need to water my plants. I dose excel when I remember but that is like once or twice a week. No algae except for a bit on the rocks which I actually like. Pearling with no co2. I guess sometimes things just work. I am loving low tech.

I have a bunch of shirmp now too. I have had 3 females breed.

Anyway, I am happy, sorry for the lack of updates.





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