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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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New Tank: 10g, low-tech planted

Hello getting back into it after a hiatus of a number of years. I've had a few "sun tanks" in my window for the past couple years; overgrown little pools of moss and other critters. I've been impressed by all of the beautiful landscaping I've seen, so wanted to set-up something a little more elaborate.

Here's the initial set-up:
1" Caribsea Peace River Gravel
1" NYC Sanitation compost (It was free!)
A few rocks from my backyard.

Not sure of the plants, but I think I got a staurogyne in there, a ludwig repens, some microswords (that have done a good job melting), a few other things I wish I'd written down.

I've got a homemade lighting rig a set of 9 cool-white CREE XML2 leds that I've driving at around 3A. I think it's enough; at least, it seems bright. I think the photoperiod is one of the things I've got to play with.

Here's the initial pick from a couple weeks ago (the tank was started June 14.)



I miscalibrated my little Arduino-timer thing, and I think I had the light going for more than 10 hours aday. This is what it looks like now. I'm going to experiment with reducing the photoperiod to seven hours for a bit, and see if the bloom diminishes.

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What size tank? Its nice to see the Metaframe tank in use.
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Yeah, I love the metaframes. This one is 10g. I have a 2.5g.

Plants are still growing well, but I've still got the pea-soup look going on...going to try and dial the light down further, perhaps look into doing a blackout to clear things out some.

I also have no circulation in the tank (no filter, no bubbler), so that may contribute as well.
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Cool! I have a few of the Metaframe tanks from 2 gallon to 29 gallon. I have two set up now, a 15 and a 29.
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Another MetaFrame fan here. Ive saved the original incandescent hoods and filler strips and now use LED lights.
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I have at least one of the lights, for a 10 I believe.
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Hey! Metaframe fan here too! I have a two, dismantled ten and a 15 gallon. None in use though. I have hopes of eventually fixing up the ten gallon.


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Cool! I have a few of the Metaframe tanks from 2 gallon to 29 gallon. I have two set up now, a 15 and a 29.


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It's a 10 gallon. Yeah, I love the metaframes and found this cheap somewhere. The old tar sealing has held up perfectly well. I also have a 2.5 gallon metaframe that I just leave in the window and it's a kinda soupy mix of swamp juice.

Some tank updates — this is at 4 months. I resolved the algae issue by blacking out the tank for a couple of days and then dialing down the duration to about 6 hours a day. That had the unfortunate side-effect of killing all of my styrogens, which I haven't managed to get to recover.

I've since dialed the light back up to about 12 hours a day and the plants have been responding w/o much algae growth, so I'm happy.

I did some re-configuration and added some...well, I don't know what it is, but something from another tank in the back right corner. The mini-swords (or whatever they are?) are also starting to spread out and carpet a bit, which I like.

Over the weekend, I added a piece of driftwood I found in a local lake. I'd be curious if anyone has any good suggestions about what to tie down to it.

The duckweed is doing well up-top and I added some clear lids for the light to get through.


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