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10g College Tank

I'm starting up a little tank so I can take it to college with me. I don't plan on flooding it for 3 months or so, until I move back to school- so it's an emersed setup right now.

Day 1- I set up the hardscape and set up some plants on black FloraMax! I have some Anubias, crypt (ID help please?), Argentine sword, Tropica fern, and an unknown small carpeting plant in this setup. I dosed with API Leaf Zone and covered the top to keep in humidity. I'm lighting with some LEDs from home depot.




Crypt- ID please?


Some sort of carpeting I think?


I'm super excited and can't wait to see these plants take off! Thanks for sharing in my journey

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1 week update:

I may have put too much water in, because I have some mold growing along my driftwood. Plants look OK though. I got some Anubias nana that had a bit of wilting, I think it will snap out.


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Looks like a fun idea. Learning to live the college style can be a challenge!
Some info I might offer? No expert and certainly difficult to ID some plants from pictures but I might throw in anubias congensis as the plant ID?
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I would not be surprised not worried at finding mold, fungus, etc. growing on the wood. Simply nature letting some little bit grow as it finds the tiny little niche of conditions for it to do it's thing. We all need to do that when the conditions are right and those conditions change frequently. So the current item that likes high humidity may go totally away when it meets totally submerged? But I would also guess that there may be some other little tiny pop up for a few weeks. Nothing bad comes of it in my experience. Fish, etc. do often eat it so it is personal choice how to deal with the question.
Some don't like the look and fight it, some let it be a natural thing and let it go away when the time comes.
It is your kingdom and you get to be the BOSS! Just avoid conflict with Mother nature?
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Looks like a fun idea. Learning to live the college style can be a challenge!
Some info I might offer? No expert and certainly difficult to ID some plants from pictures but I might throw in anubias congensis as the plant ID?
Check here for picts and info:
https://www.google.com/search?q=anub...FvhcDao0scM%3A

I would not be surprised not worried at finding mold, fungus, etc. growing on the wood. Simply nature letting some little bit grow as it finds the tiny little niche of conditions for it to do it's thing. We all need to do that when the conditions are right and those conditions change frequently. So the current item that likes high humidity may go totally away when it meets totally submerged? But I would also guess that there may be some other little tiny pop up for a few weeks. Nothing bad comes of it in my experience. Fish, etc. do often eat it so it is personal choice how to deal with the question.
Some don't like the look and fight it, some let it be a natural thing and let it go away when the time comes.
It is your kingdom and you get to be the BOSS! Just avoid conflict with Mother nature?
Thanks! I like your suggestion to think of it as a little kingdom. I think I'll let the mold be for now- if it gets too crazy I'll worry.
College life is really strange I finished my first semester, and my second will start in April.

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Tiny update! I added some Monte Carlo today. I'm planning on getting it well established and will keep it confined away from the micro sword. I think the contrast between the two will look nice!

I'm considering adding a light sand path between the two- and keeping them separate into sides of the path. Thoughts?


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While a sand path may look nice initially I doubt it would last long. You could use some smaller rocks instead though to give the impression of a path.

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Good idea I'm considering it!

Also, does anyone know of any bushy plants that would do well in a smaller tank? I feel I need more plant 'bulk.' it's looking a bit thin and I want it nice and thick with plants in the background.

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I agree with the thought on sand. I find it tends to just get scattered as I do most anything in the tank. But then my tanks are often being "stirred" so maybe yours is more stable. Though I don't think of college as stable for many things!
I might think of really thin slate flakes kind of nestled down into the other.
I agree that some taller/bushy might look good. I like to give more height as my fish tend to like to get in under some of the leaves.
Maybe some of the small/mid size swords? Red myrio can be nice and can be cut and replanted to bulk it up when it gets tall. Needs good light to be red. Depending on how the tank runs, it might need trimming more than best. Six stems of simple hornwart planted together in the left rear corner?
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I found some Telanthera cardinalis today I'm going to add over there, I don't think I'd be able to find any myrio, though it is beautiful!

I can't add hornwort emersed, though once flooded I probably can
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