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Old 11-09-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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10 Gallon test dirt with flourite tank


Hello guys, this is my first try at planted tanks and thought I would post to read opinions on what I did wrong and what I need to do better. I know I'm going to have to upgrade my light and was thinking of trying the satellite LED plus 18-24 (low budget guy here). Below are some links to my Youtube of what I did and the description. Thanks! Also if they are light in that price range you think would be batter let me know.

I use to keep an Oscar tank many years ago and then just got out of it, but the other day I was watching YouTube and saw aquascaping. Iwagumi actually and after many days watching people on substrate, lighting and fish I have decided to give it a shot! Went and got a 10 gal. tank kit $45, cheap kitty litter $1, First Layer Pure Laterite $19, topsoil $1.50, my kids sand sifter $0, flourite $18, and Master water test kit $20 for a grand total of 104.50. I just ordered some dwarf hairgrass and reg hairgrass at around $26. I went to the creek and found a couple of plants living in the creek and put them in my tank so if you know what they are please let me know.
Back to the set-up. I took the Laterite and divided it into 5 sections because the whole bag was meant to be used in a 55 gal. tank. Taking one section on the Laterite and washing it very well I added the same amount of kitty litter clay. I then took the topsoil and sifted it and took out all the wood I could and then added the laterite and clay mixture to the topsoil and mixed well. I then proceeded to to sprinkle a small amount of the Laterite and clay on the bottom of the tank and then added the soil mixture to 1 inch. Time to wash the Flourite, this sucked big time, but I think it saved me a lot of water changing. I placed 1 to 2 inches of Flourite, packed it lightly, added half a tank of water and empty once. I took the tank to the basement and set it up and added the water and chems.

Here's a couple of links of what I did. Let me know what you think, thanks!


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Old 11-20-2013, 04:25 AM   #2
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Got rid of the two creek plants. I never did figure out what the plants were. I added some driftwood, Christmas Moss, 4 Serpae Tetra and 1 Ottos. I trimmed the giant Hairgrass again and added some DIY lights 2 6500K 23 watt cfl because the Dwarf was not doing anything but melting. It seems to be growing now so hopefully that;s all it needed.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Good, start... now add a lot more plants!
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:01 PM   #4
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+1 for more plants
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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Lots, lots more plants. The DHG will do much better if broken up into little tiny tufts and planted that way, the big plugs like that will mostly die off with just a few little bits left anyway. It'll do better if you break it up.

The more plants the less algae you will deal with, better they will help keep water clean, etc. Over plant.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:49 AM   #6
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Split DHG and add a lot of plants. Ok, I'll try that. Should I split the DHG patches by 1/4 and replant? I'll think on what plants to add. Thanks for the advice!
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I think some crypts would look great in there! They're extremely easy to care for too, requiring no extra ferts in the water column.

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Old 11-24-2013, 01:58 AM   #8
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I think some crypts would look great in there! They're extremely easy to care for too, requiring no extra ferts in the water column.

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This. Having all that dirt in the tank without heavy root feeders is a waste. Go with some crypts.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:58 AM   #9
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I spread out the DHG, but still have not got any other plants. That Tetra is the boss also the water is cloudy and some algae growing on the moss. My ottos died not sure why... PH is a little high 7.6, Ammonia 0, Nirite 0 and Nirate 10. More plants should help right? I'm doing about 10% water change every 5 to 6 days, but the last time after moving all that DHG it was a mess, so I changed about 50% and the ottos died before I moved the DHG. anymore suggestions will be great!
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:22 PM   #10
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That DHG will fill in nicely if you've got a good light on there, now just add some crypts as others have said, and maybe a small sword, to fill in the back right of the tank. Very nice setup.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #11
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Default Added some plants and a few fish

Made a DIY CO2 and and added three tetra, one ottos, 6 stems of Egeria Densa, and 3 Scarlet Temple. I'm running air at night to counter the CO2.
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added some snails and they are busy as bees,
of course my kids had to name them Gary and Shelly
also added a cory named Cory
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New plants to try.
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The tank is looking good. Is that Staurugyne repens in the front left? That's a plant that I've wanted but haven't been able to find in my area. Also, that small bunch of Alternathera reineckii will grow in nicely, but it will take some time. When it gets taller, you can plant cuttings from it to help make a denser aquascape. Also, I still think you should some Cypt or a small sword for a more broadleafed centerpiece plant.

And that cory could use some company, but you're just about at the stocking limit for a 10 gallon.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #15
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Great start but I agree with the last few people that you need a sword. Can't wait to see it fill in.
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