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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-27-2010, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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10 G low tech with stump (first planted tank)

This setup was given to me for free. I have no experience with planted tanks.

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-Standard 10 g Aqueon kit
-15w 8000k light
-Tetra Whisper EX20 HOB using standard carbon cartridges.
-Eco-Complete substrate





Stumpy will be placed in the back left corner. He's soaking in a bucket out of tap water treated with Prime. I'm not sure what kind of wood it is, it came from someplace in Cali. I would like if I could get a steep slope under it and have anubias round the base. Eventually try to get some moss on it too.

On the right I would really like to use the sword I have in the back. Then some shorter carpet up front.

One issue with the slope is my filter being so low.

Another issue is I only know the names of three of my plants.

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So it was set up just with water for about a week. Then added Eco. Another week added the plants.

I would like to get some shrimp and a few small fish.

Looking forward to the evolution of this tank and your suggestions.
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2 and 3 are both Anubias of some sort, my guess is nana and petite. Make sure their rhizome is above the gravel, had one of mine start to go mushy cause it was buried.

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Thanks mate.

Alright I'll try to clear them up a little bit. I really like the little ones. Can't wait till stumpy is ready, so I can fix them there.

Didn't think that wood had much for tannins but it's really coloring the water. Wonder how long that will take?
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This setup was given to me for free. I have no experience with planted tanks.

Substrate - Eco-Complete substrate

Stumpy will be placed in the back left corner. I could get a steep slope under it and have anubias round the base. Eventually try to get some moss on it too. On the right I would really like to use the sword I have in the back. Then some shorter carpet up front.
Well you picked the right plants for the light that you have.

So the substrate isn't purple gravel as it appears.

For a slope you could put some rocks under the stump and cover it with the Eco-complete. Rocks are cheap at hardware store.

If you get a sword dont' get the amazon one, for it gets too big for a 29 gallon tank. A good carpet plant is dwarf hair grass
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So I secured the two parts of the stump and planted around them. It's still a little floaty so I had to put another rock on top.

It's still a little cloudy but here's some pics.









I'd really like to get some more little anubias.
Was thinking about putting something on the upper part of the stump too.
If you have any ideas for the right side I'm up for suggestions.
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Here is an aquarium that made me think of your.yours. Found it googling for a picture of melon sword plant. It is a 90 gallon but the same theme. Think the addition of dwaf grass would be nice too. Buying from individual from forum is the best economically for you usually get extras.

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So everything is settled in.

My next issue is my ph lvl. When tested out of tap my water runs about 7.6 pH, and NO2 through the roof.

This is an issue so I ran to a RO drinking water machine in the neighbor hood. pH was round 6.6 with no nitrites. So I think I'll do a 50% wc after work tomorrow.

Can't wait to get some fish and shrimp in this and put some active life in the tank. Any suggestions for fish or inverts?

I'll also include some pics I should have put in earlier.




A little cleaner tank shot as well.
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Had a long lunch today so I thought I'd do a 50% wc. After changing lvls were down to what I would think is ok for critters. pH 7.2, no2- .25, and no3- 5. So I'm pretty sure I have a good water source.

Anything else I should test for?
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Got three danios today to help cycle the tank. They seem to be having a good time.

When I got up this morning I noticed some clear slime looking stuff on my stump. Is this normal for a new tank?
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I would add some Anacharis plant and dose a bit with Tetra Easy Balance to prevent the fish from suffering.
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When I got up this morning I noticed some clear slime looking stuff on my stump. Is this normal for a new tank?
New driftwood tends to form some sort of biofilm that looks weird for a while. It's best to just leave it alone; it doesn't hurt anything and it will go away on it's own in a few weeks.

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Hilde with the lvls being good do u think they r suffering?
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So everything is going well so far. The stump is still steeping a little color. Danios are doing well.

I'm think about dosing with some seachem products. I got a different test kit today. With this I will be able to check hardness and co2.

Also struck a deal with a couple people on Craigslist. So will be getting two 20 oz CO2 for 15 bucks and a dual gauge regulator with an electronic solenoid for 25.

Next I will get a couple ghostys to make sure everything is good for shrimp. Probably bring the danios back to the LFS, so they don't pick on the shrimp.
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So it's been awhile and I don't think my tank is low tech anymore.

I took out the fish and added 20 crs and 3 amano about a month ago. Three of which are berried. First one was showing on about the 2nd of Jan.

Hob is gone and I have a Ehiem ecco 2232. I love it, but wish it had a little more flow.

Hood has changed as well. Now running 2 20w corallife cfl 10ks.

Also... Got a great deal on a co2 tank and reg off of CL. So running a nano glass diffuser a little over 1bps. With 4dkh water at the end of the day the drop is just starting to look yellow. Inverts seem to be having no trouble.

Aight on to the pics.






So please let me know what you think. I am thinking of mossing the top of the stump. Also some in front. Not sure on what kind though.
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Nice! I like where this is going I have a 10 gallon myself and I like what you've done here. How are your shrimp doing now?


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