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10g Fantasea

This is the journal for my 10g. I'm getting closer to starting it up so I thought I'd start my journal.

Equipment
*10g Aqueon aquarium (back painted black)
*Aqua-tech 5-15 HOB (planning to change this to a canister later)
*24W T5HO bulb and 2 LED moonlights (the light fixture can hold up to 4 bulbs)
*DIY CO2 (I'll set up another wine bottle and spice jar set since its worked so beautifully on the 3g but I'll use a larger wine bottle to hold more mixture)

I still need to pick up a heater. I might just go with a little tetra until I can get the canister filter. At that point I'm considering going with the inline heater to limit the equipment in the tank.

Substrate
Still working on this one. I may go straight sand or I may go with Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix and cap it with sand.

Fauna
*1 male Betta (can't stand seeing them in those tiny cups!)
*3-4 Pygmy Cories
*6 Neon Tetras or Chili Rasbora
*Malaysian Trumpet snails (if I go straight sand)
*Nerite snails
*Ghost shrimp (just a few to help with cleanup)

NOTE: These are just the possibilities. These plans for the fauna are not set in stone. I'll definitely need to upgrade the filtration to house all of this.


Flora
I haven't decided on anything in this respect yet but need to get on it quickly. The plants have to go in before the fish.


Feel free to share your thoughts or suggestions.

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Fantasea with my just misted tomato and pepper seedlings.....


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Can't wait! Might as well start doing a DSM right now


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Can't wait! Might as well start doing a DSM right now
DSM? What does that one mean again? LOL

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Dsm is Dry Start method, when you just put a little water in and let the plants utilise atmospheric co2. Has its drawbacks though.
Anyway, Sounds good, what plants ya gettin? I can see lots of stems and some cypts! Lol! Whatever you decide, Good luck keep us informed.
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Cool light, where did you get it?
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Dsm is Dry Start method, when you just put a little water in and let the plants utilise atmospheric co2. Has its drawbacks though.
Anyway, Sounds good, what plants ya gettin? I can see lots of stems and some cypts! Lol! Whatever you decide, Good luck keep us informed.
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Ahhh...thanks for explaining it. I have settled on plants yet but need to make some decisions. This will be considered fairly high light since its a T5HO bulb so I think Crypts are out.

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Cool light, where did you get it?
Its an older model Nova Extreme light fixture. I've had it for a few years now and used to use it on a reef tank. A planted tank won't need all four bulbs so I'm just using the one.

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OK....tomorrow I'll be taking some clippings from my Water Wisteria, 2 other plants I've yet to identify and move over the Staurogyne repens to this tank. I'll probably put in a couple of Anacharis stems and a wee bit of the duckweed. Plus I'll be checking out the LPS tomorrow to see what they have available too. Their selection is never very plentiful but I never know what gems I may find. I'm still considering getting a clay pot and making a little cave for whatever fish might enjoy it. I'll probably cover it in a moss of some kind and plant heavily around it to shade the moss.

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The tank is up and running! Its nothing to look at for the moment. I have a few cuttings in it from my 3g tank, filled it up and have the filter going. But literally there are only cuttings from 5 different plants. No driftwood, no rocks...no other decorations. Just those 5 tiny little cuttings. LOL It looks rather pathetic at the moment to be honest. My LPS will be getting a new plant shipment Tuesday. Maybe. Evidently their supplier is in jail. (rolls eyes) But hopefully I can pick up some nice plants then.

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Micranthemum umbrosum, easy, lovely colour, fast grower. I think crypts would be ok, ive grown them well in a shady spot in 5.5 wpg. But it is more difficult. Glosso is very easy as well if you fancy a carpet, or even better P helferi, danoi. good luck show us some pics!
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I'll show pics when its pic worthy! LOL Right now its still looking bare and pathetic. I've added a few more plants including some frogbit. That's growing VERY well. I only put it in a few days ago and already its making babies. I also added a 4" clay pot that I've tied on some Mini Pellia to. I'm HOPING it'll attach and cover the pot so it'll look like a mossy cave. In a few weeks I'll be going on the SnS to see if anyone can put together a high light plant package for me. I haven't found a focal point rock or driftwood yet either. I'm still searching. In the meanwhile, it sits there looking pathetic. LOL

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I've just ordered 2 different plant packages of the SnS. Soon the tank will be worth showing!

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Meet Jethro! He and a handful of ghost shrimp have moved into my 10g.



I'll be sure to get a FTS once I've removed the rocks that are holding down the driftwood while it finishes water-logging.

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Jethro seems to really be enjoying the tank so far. I think he's explored every inch a few dozen times already. Moving from that tiny bowl into a 10g, he must think he's hit the big time.

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