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Old 10-14-2013, 04:57 AM   #1
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Rock Island's 10g RCS tank


Hi everyone,

I'm hoping this tank will eventually be a red cherry shrimp colony (hence the jumbo prefilter). I'd like a black background in the near future and I know the spray bar is a little "in-your-face", but it's doing a good job of baffling the filter.

Equipment:
Tank- regular old 10g
Filter- Fluval 206
Light- 20" Finnex Fugeray
Heater- 75W Eheim

Substrate:
-What I believe is garnet blasting media

Fauna:
-RCS (coming soon)
-Albino cories x2 (these will be removed when I stock with shrimp)
-golden briggs
-malaysian trumpets
-ramshorns

Flora (coming soon):
-Xmas moss
-anubias nan petite
-frogbit

PH: 7.4-7.6
Temp: 72F
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 20ish ppm
KH: 5-6
GH: 5-6

I'm using a mix of my well water (KH 10, GH 12) and municipal water (KH 2, GH 2). Any thoughts on what to do here would be appreciated.

Well, thanks for looking. Please feel free to make comments and/or suggestions. Here's a few shots of the tank.






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Old 10-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #2
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keep the pics coming!
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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Wow I love the view!
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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I'd move your thermometer to the opposite side of the tank. If you're keeping it right next to your heater you might get a false reading since you'd read the heat coming off the heater and not necessarily be warm enough through the rest of the tank.

Tagging along because I'm looking for others with 10 gal tanks to get some ideas for a 10 gal work tank I'm setting up to have at my desk at work...
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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I like your choice of substrate its different.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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I'd move your thermometer to the opposite side of the tank. If you're keeping it right next to your heater you might get a false reading since you'd read the heat coming off the heater and not necessarily be warm enough through the rest of the tank.
Yeah, you're right. You can see in the third photo that it's been moved. I stuck it behind the prefilter for the reason you mention, but mostly because I didn't like looking at it.

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I like your choice of substrate its different.
Thanks! I wasn't sure how I was going to like it because it's so purple and not very natural looking, but it's kind of growing on me. I really like the size and shape of it. Also, the price was right, I found a pile of it just sitting around. I was worried that it had been used in someones blasting cabinet and then they had emptied it out so it might be full of nasty stuff. On closer inspection it appeared that it was a stack of paper bags that had been left out in the weather so that the bags had mostly disappeared. I gave it a rinse and the result is what you see in the first photo. I ended up with two 5 gal buckets of the stuff, so well over 100#. If it works out, I may rescape my 29gal with it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:22 PM   #7
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I like it!
I wonder how well cherries will show up on that substrate though. I'd add some wood and lots of moss for them to contrast against for better viewing
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:11 AM   #8
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Added some Red Cherries that I received from TPT user Msjinkzd. They're looking happy and thanks again!

Before anyone says it, I know I need moss, I'm working on it.



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Added some mini xmas moss, nana petite, frogbit, and red root floater. Also added some alder cones and stacks of cholla wood for ambiance. I think it's an improvement, I'll be curious to see how it fills in.

All comments/critiques welcome.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:45 AM   #10
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Your tank's coming along nicely!
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very nice. Love the minimalist approach.

what is the rock? maybe just my twisted sense of the macabre, but I'm digging the double-L out of those ghostly,apparitional faces screaming/staring back at me

Also like how you placed the cholla. Seems so many times I see these placed almost haphazardly but the arrangement here seems to lends itself to some artistic thought. Not sure if that was your intention, but nevertheless...
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what is the rock? maybe just my twisted sense of the macabre, but I'm digging the double-L out of those ghostly,apparitional faces screaming/staring back at me
I have no idea what kind of rock it is. Someone gave it to me awhile back and I just recently pulled it out of a box in my shop. I'd be curious to hear what other people think it might be. I'm really liking it and I can't figure out why I let it sit in a box or so long, I guess it was just waiting until the time was right.

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Also like how you placed the cholla. Seems so many times I see these placed almost haphazardly but the arrangement here seems to lends itself to some artistic thought. Not sure if that was your intention, but nevertheless...
Hey thanks. I did spend quite a bit of time fiddling around with that cholla wood.
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I added a black background today and I think I like it. The only downside is that it really makes that white spray bar "pop". Anyway, here's a few more photos.




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Old 10-31-2013, 05:23 PM   #14
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So after my latest water test, this is where I'm at with my parameters. I think it seems ok, but does anyone have any suggestions on adjusting it to be more optimal for RCS? Thanks!

PH: 7.6-7.8
Temp: 72F
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 10 ppm
KH: 5-6
GH: 7
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:00 PM   #15
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I like your garnet blasting grit. I wonder where one would find such stuff. Your tank is really coming together.
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