Decided to start a dirt substrate tank and since my 10gal got taken over by some evil green stuff that excel and other things could not kill (i suspect a bacteria that looks like algae) I broke it down and started fresh. Cleaned everything with bleach solution (taking all precautions to rinse and neutralize bleach as well as soak in water with a current for a few hours) then dumped all previous plants and substrate in the garbage. No worries about inhabitants because I accidentally gassed all of them a few days ago (diy champagne yeast is powerful stuff!) :-(
So clean slate.
Filtration is done via a zoo med 501 and a small penguin (bio wheel kind ment for 10-20 tanks).
100 watt Fluval heater
2 18w compacts for light 4" off glass top (not sure weather to keep same)
diy co2 and Flourish to help boost fast growth in initial plants
2" of MG Organic Choice Soil
1" Beatuiful Black sand cap
Here are some pics of setup
1. Dirt used:
2.Tank Filled with dirt
3. The sand (fanciest substrate I have ever used, splurged since it is only a 10 gal and I still have a bit left over... hmmm. shrimp bowl with black sand????)
4. Filling the tank
5. Great sand! no kick-up no rinsing required and water is fairly clear
6. Day 1 with some minimal plants to get started (mostly trimmings and such from my 75gal
More to come... And as the title says the more input the more I learn!