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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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10Gal - Low Light/Tech - Mixed plants

Back at it again with another aquascape build. This build was aimed to be as cheap as possible working with a free used 10 gallon tank. Purchased a set of plants, substrate and piece of wood. Design intention is dutch inspired.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 06:31 PM
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Looks like good start. Was that a plant package you bought? Looks like it filled it up.

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Fast forward 3 months

Took the wood out because it was turning the water brown. Probably because we didn't boil it before putting it in the tank. My parents added a old bonsai display from the 80's and other random mini knickknacks. Almost all the plants got up rooted before because my parents didn't know how to carefully pour water back into the tank during a water change. As you can see there is a mixture of plants in there. I planted them mixed up because I didn't have a aquascape plan but I tried to make it lush as possible with a foreground and background.

8in dim LED light for 12 hours/day + squirt of excel everyday + squirt of fertz every water change

The red recki is growing the best
The stem plants in the back had 1 trimming so far
The foreground plants like the grasses doesn't seem to be growing at all

The growth is a lot slower than a high tech tank. Stay tuned for an update when the tank starts to look better.
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This tank has seen the depths of hell. Brown algae started forming around the tank. My parents decided to nuke it. Took out all 3 of the fishes. 1 Fish neon tetra couldn't be found so we are assuming it stayed in the blast room. They dropped 5 drops of bleach into the tank and let it cycle for 3 days. Now all of you pros must be face palming behind your computer monitors hearing this method. But it worked. The algae was all gone, the plants were still green, but after couple of days, you can see the state of health of the tank in the picture above. Taking things to the limit as usual here. That's how we do it in the Bay.

The plants sure took a big hit and I checked to see if there was still any pulse left in them. This tank represents a half baked effort to try and do a low tech dutch tank. The story continues. Waiting for Mac Daddy to help post some more pictures real quick. Stay tuned.

May this be a lesson for the whole planted community of what a bleach nuke will do to your tank. What a bloody fighter looks like fallen down on the boxing ring. But a fighter 10 gallon tank will always be a fighter. Never give up the dream to be bushy and dutchy.
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So its Dutch-inspired because it has plants in it? So your parent's are cycling the tank and @MacDre2016 takes pictures of it....Interesting
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So its Dutch-inspired because it has plants in it? So your parent's are cycling the tank and @MacDre2016 takes pictures of it....Interesting
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I wasn't sure if the tank was dead and gone for. Most of the plants have turned into a shade of dark grey green after the bleach dosing. I had to rush it into the ER room and give it whatever help it can get. I decided to pull $25 out of my wallet and buy a Fluval mini co2 set up. The 20g co2 tank lasted over a month of 24/7 .8 bubbles per second. I bought replacement 16g co2 cartriges for about $2 each.

I added some duckweed to help balance out the water. The stem plants are all dead. The grass is hanging in there but have some brown algae on them. The crypts seem to be growing the best and the green color is coming out with the co2.
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Are you using 16g co2 refills and if so how long are they lasting

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Are you using 16g co2 refills and if so how long are they lasting

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1-2 months with co2 running 24/7 non stop all day everyday.
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Are you at 30ppm (1-2bps)? Im getting about two weeks. Do you have a drop checker

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Are you at 30ppm (1-2bps)? Im getting about two weeks. Do you have a drop checker

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i dont know what ppm is and i don't have a drop checker.

i run it about .5-1 bubbles per second for 10 gal. 50% water change once every 2 months.

wait till you see how well the plants have improved with the co2 after my buddy posts more pics.
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It didnt see bubble counter either?

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It didnt see bubble counter either?

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i do have a bubble counter. Each of my 3 bubble counter gives different bubble sizes. so 1 bubble per second may not = 1 bubble per second with a different counter. I try not to look at the bubble counter only, but rather the water agitation, the sizes of bubbles coming out of the diffuser and the health of the plants over the weeks.
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If it works it works. Lol. Im getting about 2 weeks I was curious

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If it works it works. Lol. Im getting about 2 weeks I was curious

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dang changing out the co2 canister every 2 weeks is a pain. if thats your situation, you can prob think about upgrading to a larger canister. I have a 20oz that lasting me almost a year. or you can lean out your co2. you dont need to have it at 30ppm. I have heard some people runnning it at 60ppm and of course co2 is better than no co2. find your own PPM that works best for you. no matter what PPM your co2 is, the plants will still be alive and growing.
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