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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-15-2005, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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little 10g

Just started a 10g with 28w over it, 50w visitherm stealth, ac30, eco-complete... hopefully everything survives!

Java moss, java fern, pennywort, hairgrass, chain sword, babys tears, and some others I forgot the names.. (ID?)

Thx BlueRam for the plants - they're still alive for now!



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I just started a new 10 gallon I hope it can look as good as yours ..NICE WORK!

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Looks nice. Are you adding any CO2 or at least Seachem Excel to your tank.
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Looks great! I would put the hairgrass into smaller section for better growth!
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Looks nice. Are you adding any CO2 or at least Seachem Excel to your tank.
I agree, a carbon source is a high priority to keep everything happy.

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I am really tempted to setup a 10gallon.
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Thx all

It is currently getting Flourish Excel - I am looking into CO2, but would like to keep a steady, slower growth rather than explosive...
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Good start...
I must admit I have never been a fan of Excel as a carbon source, I have never been successful using it and always had algae for some reason. Even with your lighting , carbon is helpful. My 10 gallon setups were always successful using just a yeast mix , air tubing and an upside down piece of lava rock that would trap a pocket of CO2 under it.
You have all seen these pieces of rock in the LFS's Im sure... you just find one that is "bowl shaped" and flip it upside down in the tank to trap a pocket of CO2... it works like a charm in a 10 gallon and looks natural in the tank.

OK, now I have a question , what the heck is that plant on the far right called ? Have I ever seen this before ? hmmmm, almost looks like lotus shaped leaf's ...
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I am looking into CO2, but would like to keep a steady, slower growth rather than explosive...
Just because you have CO2 does not mean you will have fast growth... that is more from higher watts. How are you arriving at 28 watts ?
Carbon , even in lower light tanks gives you a healthier plant which is way more important.
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I agree with Buck, I tried Excel on my 2.5 gallon and it didn't seem to do anything. I switch to a DIY CO2 mix and now the plants are growing, pearling and algae isn't a problem.
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Just because you have CO2 does not mean you will have fast growth... that is more from higher watts. How are you arriving at 28 watts ?
Carbon , even in lower light tanks gives you a healthier plant which is way more important.
i think he has 28 watt coralife 20 inch PC fixture..comes with 1 28 watt power compact bulb
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Yea, its the 28w PC fixture from Coralife. 6700K bulb.

I will take the co2 thing into serious consideration in the very near future.

Buck-the plant is Brazilian Pennywort-Hydrocotyle leucocephala.
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does carbon also come from Flourish? the all in one plant fert? thats what im planing to use on my low light plant tank....or is it not enough?
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Thats a great light for a 10 gallon and I wouldnt consider that very low light. Thats a good wattage over a 10 gallon, not overpowering but still a good light intensity !
A yeast mixture for CO2 would be a much better choice for that tank. With that light, CO2 will be necessary I think you will find and you should be able to grow pretty much anything in there you want. Not all plants will grow real fast, but they will grow with quality.
Flourish is only a source of trace elements, not carbon.
The Flourish Excel is the only option in liquid form for carbon and again, I say ICK to Excel. I personally never had luck with it. Its the only Seachem product I do not like... LOL
Anyways, you will enjoy this tank though, perfect lighting IMHO. I look forward to seeing it in the future...

Pennywort huh ? I was thinking that, but the size of the leaves threw me. Im wondering if that is not emersed growth there, thats why I asked. Never seen it with leaves that large. Did you get that from BlueRam also ? Nice plants.

One more thing ... dont be afraid to throw some more stem plants in there, in case you havent heard, its the easiest way to start a new tank.

Load her up with weeds and throw 'em out later !
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