I always have been interested in aquarium and finally made the jump last May 2010. Since then I had some minor success and many failures. My last planted tank lasted about full 6 months with some degree of success, before I had to go over seas on business trip (for about 2 months). When I came back my tank was nuked with overwhelming algae growth (hair algae). My friend who was supposed to "Fish-sit" never really took care of my tank, he over feed with no water change. Yes his not very dependable. My instruction was at a lost to him. He thought algae boom was normal part of planted tank.
I almost strangled him (sorry now I am venting).
Believe it or not my 7.5 Mr. Aqua rimless tank in my office was in better shape. My co-worker did a great job taking care of it.
Anyhow not all was lost..... to my surprise some of my fish and shrimps had survived.
At the moment I am using this tank as "training pony" if you will. But I want to do it right with no to few casualties and fatalities as possible.
So last month in end of March of 2011, I decided to re-do my 10g planted tank.
So far here is the setup so far:
Tank: general rimmed 10g tank (crappy tank compare to ADA or even GLA tanks). This was "hand me down" from my friend over 15 years ago when I was in high school.
Filter: Aqua Clear 50 and 30 (30 is being used with Tom's surface skimmer)
Yes I have two filters running because there is no such thing as over filtration.
Filter Media: Aqua Clear filter media for 50, 30 is being used with API Phos-Zorb, with active carbon and regular sponge media.
Substrate: Eco-Complete (black) and ADA Aquasoil Amazonia normal type.
I live in NYC and the tap water's PH is around 7.0 to 6.8. With Eco-Complete my tank water came out at 7.6. So i mixed it with Amazonia. Aquasoil is amazing. Now my water is around 6.2. (Not too sure what the long term affect will be like)
Lights: GLO T5 HO 24 inch single fixture with life-GLO T5 HO Bulb (6700k). its on a timer at 9 hours per day from 1pm to 10pm. This is about 1 year old, so i'll probably replace it soon.
Heater: Jager 75 W (well... heater is just a heater)
CO2: None but just ordered ADA CO2 74 YA Reg and cartridge
Just got my EL-valve today from ADG
Will most likely upgrade to ADA speed Reg when I get a bigger ADA tank later on.
Plant Care: Seachem Flourish, Excel, Iron, Nitrogen, Potassium, and Trace
Will update later with pictures and other developments