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Intermision's Low Tech 10g (Update Dec. 18)

My LFS had 10g aquariums on sale for $6 so I decide to buy one and try my hand at planting a low tech tank.

The plants I have ordered
-Red Wendtii Cryptocorynes
-Java Moss
-Hornwort
-Lueta Cryptocorynes
-Frazeri Anubia

I have a single 15w light over the tank right now so I have 1.5wpg, I haen't decided if I want to inject co2 or not.

As for fish I will either do rams or dwarf puffers.


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On something that small, I wouldn't do CO2.
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Small update. Thanks to an idea from DarkCobra I bumper my light output to 25 watts. so I know have 2.5wpg.
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Personally, I'd scrap that gravel and get some pool filter sand for a substrate. That stuff is nice to work with, and I'm pretty sure the Rams prefer sandy bottoms, maybe even DP's.
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Where is the best place to get pool fister sand?
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at a pool supply store. sometimes garden shops will have it but since its winter it might be hard to find. although i see your in TX so it should be easier.

what did you do to add the extra wat of light? one more strip?

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I upgraded the balast.
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thus should b fun to watch since u have a 10g too! i kept it low matnence too. i didnt bother upgrading lighting so i got about 1.5-1.8 cant remember exact. i have rams and arent tooo happy with them they are really shy for some reason... all my fish are who knows why.....

for plants in mine i have red and green weditti cobomba and java moss and a swordy plant lol also had an anubus but all the leaves died

so it should be fun to see what u do with this also a pricematched bag of flourite is only $14

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You do not need to "replace" the stone. If you like the look , just mix the sand in with your fingers a bit into the stone to get the sand to the bottom for a better rooting base. The sand will continue to settle even with age and keep the stone to the top and maintain the look.
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Great news I finally recieved my plants and drift wood. Here are some pics.


In a few months it should fill out nicely.
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Nice start... Looking forward to seeing that java moss grow out on that piece of driftwood. Are you going to be fertilizing this tank?

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Nice start... Looking forward to seeing that java moss grow out on that piece of driftwood. Are you going to be fertilizing this tank?
I will be dosing seachem excel.
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Here is a pic after everything perked up.
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