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New Ten-Gallon Tank

Ten-gallon tanks are so inexpensive and it's about all that will fit in my bedroom so started thinking about the project in August after my birthday because my father gave me a tank and my sweetie bought a nice 36-watt compact fluorescent light and a bag of flourite. I needed a stand that would be sturdy and look decent.

One of my other hobbies is woodworking. I don't do anything really complicated like you would see in Fine Woodworking but I do put some time into the basics. My scrap pile has be accumulating. I had some edge trimmings from some 8/4 stock of mahogany I used to make my bed, a nice 10" wide 4/4 board of cherry that had unbelievable figure to it, some unused 6/4 mahogany boards and assorted pieces of poplar and 1/8" furniture grade plywood. I used the mahogany trimmings with mortise and tenons to make the frame. The top was made from 6/4 mahogany pieces held by biscuits joints. The cherry was used to make the side panels which fit into mortised slots and the doors. Fortunately, I had two solid brass knobs left over from a cabinet renovation and all I had to buy was two pair of solid brass hinges. No stain was necessary. I used danish oil with a urethane oil top coat. Unfortunately, the photo does not show the nice bevel on the top. It's not a flat board.

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This message is always under construction: 75-gallon tank; 2, Eheim 2026 filters - one twice broken; Tek Light with 4, 54W T5s (6000K) ; Sand on top of 4:1 sand:clay mixture; Milwaukee CO2 controller; PlantGuild vortex CO2 reactor; pH = 6.6, kH=70mg/l, GH=120mg/l; EI; Flourish excel on 50% weekly water change: AGA Member.

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This was my first attempt using flourite. I washed it and allowed it dry, which is probably why it was so cloudy the first day. I planted: didiplis diandra, rotala indica and rotala wallichii along the back. My center piece is anubias frazeri. There are two broad leaf types at the left and right, anubias barteri and cryptocoryne lucens. The open areas are glossostigma and I couldn't help myself from dropping in a piece or two of hydrocotyle and anacharis.

What a mess.

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Three days later to clear up a bit.

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Tank looks great...and that stand/cabinet is awesome.

That's definitely some quality craftsmanship there. Wish that I was so skilled, haha.

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I'm using jello DIY. Originally I ran the line through a homemade bubble chamber and attached a air stone. I now have a Hagan ladder with a line that run directly from the CO2 generator (2-liter gatorade bottle) and it pushes the pH of the tank from 9.4 to 6.4. I made the change after four week when the pH was beginning to creep above 7.0-7.2.

I snuck a piece of rotala macrandra in the tank for some color. Please note that I have a glass cover now, which does cut the light intensity down due to the condensation (which is the reason for the cover).

Five weeks, 2 otos and 4 rasboras later.

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With the stand, a nice piece of furniture.

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Very nice looking setup! Must be very relaxing

What type of light fixture is that?
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It's a 36-watt compact fluorescent you should be able to get it at Drs Foster and Smith. It's in the catalog (MA-168830). Funny thing is they don't have the small ones listed on their website anymore. The bulb runs at 6500K so it gives a blue tint but you can get a 5500K bulb (91 CRI) from AH Supply if you want white light.

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I've decided that a small tank shouldn't have too many types growing because there simply isn't that much room. There's sagittaria subulata and rotala indica in the corners, some sort of larger crypt in the back center, cryptocoryne lucens on the right and some glossostigma elatinaides. There;s also a piece of hydrocotyle leucocephala floating in the tank. The sagittaria subulata can propagate like mad so I partitioned off the corner with some hard plastic to keep the runners under control.

I'm not sure of about the bi-load because I've got lots of snails. The only fish I have are an oto and three rasboras.

I change half of the water every weekend and use red wine yeast for my DIY set-up that keeps the pH between 6.4 to 6.8. On occasion I'll add some Kent Grow to the water but as a rule I don't add any fertilizer.

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The last one looks very nice. I love the sag and glosso together
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very nice looking tank, it's come a long way! I love the idea of less species of plants too.


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Nice tank! I love the glosso and the new 'scape is very clean.

Your stand is gorgeous! Nice workmanship, and a beautiful design.
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Your aquarium is looking great. Very nice little set-up!

And I haven't seen this thread before so I must give you a big on your stand. Nice clean design. Looks beautiful. Excellent work.
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I love this little aquarium! Minimal plants, maximum effect! What a great job!

Would you give us a list of the plants you have utilized?

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When that crypt gets a little bigger it will really add a nice touch ... pretty tank ya got growing there Andrew
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