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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I have been out of the hobby of fish keeping for a year or two now, and I have sold all my tanks but my 10 gallon. I decided I was going to start getting into the hobby and again and decided on doing a planted 10 gallon tank with a small school of neon tetras. The tank has been cycling for two days with nothing but eco-gravel/sand in it. Today I went out and bought some plants and a piece of drift wood and try my luck at aquascaping a planted tank.

I spent a total of $36 dollars on plants today to get the tank started.

The plants I got are,

4 bundles of E. tenellus
1 bundle of H. salicifolia
1 bundle of G. spilanthoides
1 ball of java moss

and I also got a small piece of drift wood.

I can't wait for the plants to fill in more and the tank to be finished cycling. The only thing really left to do is to continue to move things until I really like them, buy a aquarium heater, and get a small school of 6-10 neon tetras. (how much do you think I could get away with?)

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I will update pics.

EDIT: I decided I'm going to try to make a java moss carpet. Pics of how I'm trying to achieve this.


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This will be awesome once it grows in! The driftwood could really shine if you pulled it out of the corner though.

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This will be awesome once it grows in! The driftwood could really shine if you pulled it out of the corner though.
I was thinking the same thing, but since its such a small tank I don't know where else I could put it. I have lots of other drift wood from previous tanks, but they are a little bit larger and I don't know if I have room for them.

Where do you think would be a good place for the drift wood?

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I decided I'm going try to make my java moss into a java moss carpet. This this what I have done to try to achieve this. I think In around a month or so I should have a nice lawn of java moss.

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Ok, I have made some changes to the tank and I think I'm going to add the tetras soon.

I have decided to get rid of the ugly tank top and hood and now I'm hanging the light from the ceiling. I'm also thinking about de-rimming the tanks top to give the tank a cleaner look.

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Update!

Ended up with angel rams instead of neons.

My Angel Rams. I believe they are a breeding pair and I think the female is Pregnant(has a belly full of eggs). They have been clearing out a little area of the tank under a plant in the corner. I believe they are making a "nest" for the eggs to be laid in.






A better pic of the female who I believe is egg bearing.




Cute little fish aren't they?
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Holy Crap!!! I have had the fish for less than 24 hours and I have eggs!!!! They laid it on a flat rock haha!

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Very beautiful tank with beautiful fish. Congrats
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I have about 30 or so free swimming fry that stay with the female. My male on the other hand doesn't appear to be in good shape. He is resting on the bottom of the tank with minimal fin movement.

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Update, My male is perking up a bit but I'm still a bit concerned. The female is doing a great job of caring for the fry. And I bought some Hikari first bites and hikari daphnia for the fry. I also had to buy a second heater for the tank to keep it at a completely stable 83 degrees, It was fluctuating to much.

I'm also doing about a 10%-15% daily water change to keep the tank clean for the fry and it may also help the male if their is something in the water bothering him.

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Ok, I went on a ski trip over the past 3 days (i snowboard), and when I came back, all the fry were gone. They were quite large when I left and I couldn't wait to see their size when I came back. The male on the other hand is back to good health with vibrant colors, and his red eyes are back. I'm not sure If the fry were eaten or they died because of lack of feeding or water quality. When I was gone I left my family in charge of feeding them and the daily water changes, so I'm not sure what actually was the cause of death.


Anyway, Since I no longer have to worry about fry being eaten, I have got myself some beautiful Cardinal tetras,

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Yes, I know... there is 1 neon in that group...
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New scape, a blackwater biotype.



it leaves room for improvement.
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New scape, a blackwater biotype.



it leaves room for improvement.
I like it


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thanks, I'll post more pics when its complete.
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I really like the blackwater biotope. The rams will love that. Any change you can get a clearer picture. It looks like you have the wood arranged in a really nice way. Like roots or the bank of a river.


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