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Hi itís been a while but Iím starting a new planted tank! I plan to have shrimp and maybe a few small fish when itís done.

The tank is a dennerle 10 gallon and currently planted with dwarf hair grass and baby tears. Iím hoping they will make a nice carpet. Iím trying out the dry start method because last time I planted baby tears they ended up floating constantly to the top. Hopefully this will allow them to grow some nice roots. I also plan on adding java moss to the driftwood pieces.




For lighting I have a Finnex LED, I believe itís 16 watts.
Filter, Iím still undecided but leaning towards the Eheim 2211.
I am going to run Co2 for the first time. Wanted to do the paintball setup but after running around town yesterday I could not find a single place that sells or refills, so now Iím thinking of just getting a small 5 pound tank from the local airgas place.


Tank has been up for 3 days so far


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Roots!



Also added some java to the drift wood

Some of it came pretty brown/yellow. Hope it makes it


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A lot of growth with the baby tears, they are spreading out a bit, gaining height, and roots are going deeper:






The java moss looks dead, very brown:




Also started setting up some equipment, I picked up a 5lb co2 tank and an fzone regulator.



Filter will be a new fluval 107 with glass lily pipes, though the return is very large so I will probably swap it for something else.

The lighting currently is a finnex 24/7 LED.


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Just flooded the tank and hooked everything up. All plants were firmly rooted and no floaters



I have the co2 at 2 bubbles a second right now. Itís been two hours and my drop checker is still blue. Should I increase co2?


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Update! Carpet is looking great! I had a nasty green water algae bloom but I think that has passed. Did a bunch of water changes and turned up the co2 a bit




Baby tears is always pearling and the dwarf hair grass is rooting and spreading like crazy! Itís so fun to see everything grow each day!


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Tank is looking great! Loving that lush carpet. Excited to see your fish collection.
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Looking really good! Such a nice looking carpet. What type of shrimp will you be adding? Any ideas?


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Thanks guys! I would love some crs so they stand out against the green carpet. I also need some plants for the driftwood pieces next once the algae situation is 100% gone. I think Iím close!


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Great job! I'm currently dealing with HC that doesn't want to root, so I have a couple plant lead weights on top of the carpet. I have always had success with DSM. Try getting super glue gel to place some moss on the driftwood now that you flooded the tank!
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Great job! I'm currently dealing with HC that doesn't want to root, so I have a couple plant lead weights on top of the carpet. I have always had success with DSM. Try getting super glue gel to place some moss on the driftwood now that you flooded the tank!

Nice, I actually have a bunch of gel that I use for fragging coral. What moss do you recommend? When I tried it years ago it always just fills with hair algae. I didnít use co2 though so maybe that will help?


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Nice, I actually have a bunch of gel that I use for fragging coral. What moss do you recommend? When I tried it years ago it always just fills with hair algae. I didnít use co2 though so maybe that will help?


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Just pick any moss that you enjoy. I have a preference for Fissidens fontanus, but I've seen some really nice christmas moss, or taiwan moss growth on branches in people's aquariums.
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