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Post Ben's Ten Gal. Tank, Low-Tech (56K)

This will be my first actual planted tank, so I want to start with something easy and low tech.

It will be a 10 gallon(might de-rim in the future) with soil and sand covering.

Filter: sponge or marineland HOB
Heater: rena smart heater
Substrate: miracle grow organic choice potting mix, sand cap
Light: Hampton Bay desk light
Plants: will be arriving shortly
Moss
crypt
will name the rest when i get them




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One vote for leaving the rim on.
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Is this going to be a mainly fish or shrimp tank?

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One vote for leaving the rim on.
Ditto to this.

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De-rim! It looks so clean. It just depends on the look. Show tanks generally look better with no rim and thats what I prefer.
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Is this going to be a mainly fish or shrimp tank?
I'm not sure yet, I would like to have shrimp rather than fish though. Arizona is in the 90's everyday now so i would have to find some locally.

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De-rim! It looks so clean. It just depends on the look. Show tanks generally look better with no rim and thats what I prefer.
It's not going to be a "show" tank, just a tank to see if I can even grow anything, and to learn.
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So I decided to go outside to not make a mess

Sand on the outsides, not the back. Organic soil in the middle, then capped it with playground sand from the local playground. Plants should be coming in the next few days.


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Do you guys know which of these plants should be in the substrate and which ones out?

needle leaf java fern
crypt parva
crypt wendtii.
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I would be concerned with getting sand from the local play ground. You just never know what is in there or you could have picked up. I would be careful with adding fish too soon until you know that water is stable and you dont have any parasites or anything.

Java Fern should be left out of the substrate and attach it to possibly DW or rocks.
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Do you guys know which of these plants should be in the substrate and which ones out?

needle leaf java fern
crypt parva
crypt wendtii.
crypts = substrate
java fern = rock/wood
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Looks to me like you have done your research and are off to a good start Ben. Keep up the good work! When you get it up and going ill send you some plants for it. Nothing really fancy, just some extras I have sitting around. It will help broaden your horizons and try some different stuff. Be careful though, this stuff is addicting

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How did you clean/sterilize the playground sand?
Animals use that as litter box. Children wet their pants there. People dump things in there. I wouldn't risk it, I'd rather spend 10 dollars on sand just to be sure it's safe.

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I would be concerned with getting sand from the local play ground. You just never know what is in there or you could have picked up. I would be careful with adding fish too soon until you know that water is stable and you dont have any parasites or anything.

Java Fern should be left out of the substrate and attach it to possibly DW or rocks.
I'm not adding anything but plants yet so I can go along with your suggestion.
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How did you clean/sterilize the playground sand?
Animals use that as litter box. Children wet their pants there. People dump things in there. I wouldn't risk it, I'd rather spend 10 dollars on sand just to be sure it's safe.
I washed it 5 times and it's been sitting in the sun for a few months now, then i washed it again 4 times. I think that should be enough, right?

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Looks to me like you have done your research and are off to a good start Ben. Keep up the good work! When you get it up and going ill send you some plants for it. Nothing really fancy, just some extras I have sitting around. It will help broaden your horizons and try some different stuff. Be careful though, this stuff is addicting
I know what you mean, I haven't even received my plants yet and I want more!

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crypts = substrate
java fern = rock/wood
Thanks for the info.

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So I had to hold my fishy while I set up a tank for him...and he dug up all the dirt haha. Grr now I gotta start over somehow.


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what kind of fish is that?
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