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Just for fun - 10gallon "at work" tank. Very low tech Val tank.

Call me a dork (and then call yourself one ), but I miss my tanks while I'm on the clock. I had a few bucks of LFS store credit, and decided to make a half-hearted attempt at keeping a few plants and fish in an unused 10 gal at work.

Ingredients:
- 2, 18w, 2700K screw-in fluorescent bulbs - hood, bulbs and tank collecting dust at my place of employment.
- 1 bag eco complete - store credit LFS
- AC mini - unused in my basement
- 25w heater - same story as the AC

Water Params.
1/2 tap, 1/2 DW
KH 8
GH 10
NO3 = 10-100ppm
PO4 = no idea

Originally, I had rotalla, eleocharis (dwarf hairgrass), and Val americana. The rottalla grew, but looked lousy (removed), and the hairgrass croaked off.... But, the vals are growing as well in this tank as they are in my high-tech tanks at home. There is a Java attached to the driftwood, making very slow progress, but at least it isn't dying.

I added a small school of white clouds (feeder fish at my LFS - 12/$1) and a couple baby angels ("recycled" with each batch of new babies I raise). There is also a wood shrimp (six-legged, filter-feeding shrimp) that is doing quite well, and has molted 3-4 times. Obviously, this does not compare to home, but it sure is nice to have something to tend to while putting in my time.

The tank is prone to occasional BGA growths, but nothing epidemic. And the ramshorn snails seem to keep things pretty tidy.

Sorry for the lousy photo. The camera at work is a real dinosaur.

Thanks for looking.

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naet....looks like it could benefit from some aquascaping?


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Nice idea, my boss won't let me have a tank because he thinks it might leak and finish up our computer equipment

I would definitely take out those bulbs, throw them far far away, and use some 6500K daylight bulbs.

Not sure if vals are the best plants for this kind of setup. They sure grow, but aren't really low maintenance, and yeah, aquascaping...

What about some Java this, and Java that? Maybe a Crypt or a few, Anubias? But hey... I am just envious!!!


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naet....looks like it could benefit from some aquascaping?
Absolutely! But first I needed to find out if any plants would grow before I invested all that creative energy into an aquascape. I need to do a bit more trial and error to see what will grow. But, in truth, I'd be please with a Val farm as well.

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I would definitely take out those bulbs, throw them far far away, and use some 6500K daylight bulbs.
Yeah, I know...pretty yellow, huh? I'll keep my eyes peeled for a deal on some "hotter" bulbs. Even 5000K's would be nice compared to the ones in there. Good advice re: other plant types. I'm going to write them down (or I will never remember) and take the list to the LFS on my next trip.

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I like it just the way it is. The yellowish tint of the bulbs gives the tank a blackwater feel and the Val looks awesome like that. Sure, the val will take over eventually, but that's not hard to remedy. I get a strong natural impression from the tank, which is what I think low tech tanks excel at. It looks a lot like a weed bed at the edge of a lake. Well done!

I've never regretted over engineering a system, but often regretted under engineering one.
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I agree with Phil. What a natural look it has, very easy to stare at. The only distraction is the angel in there... I would remove the angel and add more white clouds.

What a great tank , are you still able to get work done ? LOL
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Heads up on good bulbs... Go to walmart in the lighting section look for "Super Day light bulb" It's 20 watt 6,500 K and great buy a coupel for your tank and you're set...
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