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Are you in Britain? You will want to check your water parameters KH, GH and pH. Maybe you could get away with some sort of Trace mineral liquid mix and let the fish food and waste take care of the Phosphates and Nitrates. You probably will need some potassium as well. But you need to find out what is in your water in the way of Nitrates and phosphates. I love B. aubertii. They look healthy. If the plants turn yellow you could add a little liquid iron supplement too. Or you could chance it and get one of those fert. mixes which claims to have everything in it. But go easy, better too little than too much. Check out the sticky at the top of Water Parameters about EI dosing. A lot of us here get our ferts from Gregwatson.com Goodluck.





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Hey, are do those plastic grids with the riccia have little steaks on them to push into the substrate? I've never seen those before. How do you like them?


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Eleocharis montevidensis(g.h.) will get to tall for your tank ........and is a bog plant. I like that tank....what kind is it?


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Are you in Britain? You will want to check your water parameters KH, GH and pH. Maybe you could get away with some sort of Trace mineral liquid mix and let the fish food and waste take care of the Phosphates and Nitrates. You probably will need some potassium as well. But you need to find out what is in your water in the way of Nitrates and phosphates. I love B. aubertii. They look healthy. If the plants turn yellow you could add a little liquid iron supplement too. Or you could chance it and get one of those fert. mixes which claims to have everything in it. But go easy, better too little than too much. Check out the sticky at the top of Water Parameters about EI dosing. A lot of us here get our ferts from Gregwatson.com Goodluck.
Yes i am in Britain i dont know my KH ,GH i need a test kit to find them out ,i am going to look at what ferts i can get soon.

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Hey, are do those plastic grids with the riccia have little steaks on them to push into the substrate? I've never seen those before. How do you like them?
The grid is from a fre plastic plants i got free with a tank i got a while ago and i just cut the plastic plants off and kept the grid for the riccia lawn.

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Eleocharis montevidensis(g.h.) will get to tall for your tank ........and is a bog plant. I like that tank....what kind is it?
Ok i will see if it starts to die off i will replace it with a different plant.The tank is a aquaone 380 they are very good tanks and neatly set out.
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Hi all
Thought i would give you an update on my tank as ive not been on here for ages now.
All the plants died due to algae overgrowth so i binned the lot and started fresh my new plant list is:

5 LUDWIGIA NATANS (REDANDGREENLUDWIGIA)

5 VALLISNERIA (STRAIGHT VALLIS)

5 BLYXA AUBERTII (LARGE SOFT RUSH)

ELEOCHARIS PARRULUS (DWARF MINI HAIR GRASS)

MICROSORIUM PTEROPUS (JAVA FERN TRUE
FORM)

I have 11w over the tank at the moment but i am going to go out and get myself a new light as my other 11w light broke.

my stocking in the tank at the moment is:
1 Dwarf puffer
1 oto (going to get another 2 soon)
2 amano shrimp

When the plants have been added i will get my self 5 cherry shirmp and maybe another puffer but it depends if i can get hold of 1.

Here is a pic of the tank in a crap state sorry.



Plants that are in the tank at the moment are going to be taken out when others arrive.

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PS does anyone have any idears for aqua scaping of the tank.
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plants have come through will take a photo tomorrow.

should i add some wood to the tank?

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Wood, rock or a bubbling treasure chest <lol>...whatever you fancy, but I like some kind of hardscape personally!
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Hi Nick, notice here are many small tank examples worth noting.

in a 10gal it's best to keep it simple by growing only a few plants well,
instead of cluttering your tank with too many plant varieties.
since wood and rocks can take valuable space away from plants,
use them sparingly as a plant medium for growth, or as contrast.

I would avoid shrimp until you are more confident
in your water quality maintenance skills.
you might need a sponge filter inlet to keep shrimp,
from getting sucked into your filtration.

while puffers look cool, they can be anti-social to other fish,
so plan on a mostly puffer tank, or a no puffers at all tank.
Dwarf Puffers :: View Forum - Otos and Other Tankmates
correction: if they are TRUE dwarf puffers, they should get
along fine with some other fish, but many LPS sell larger more
aggressive puffers as dwarfs, so beware of what you buy.


if you want live plants, your lighting choice is very important.
don't just buy whatever plastic hood fits your 10gal at the LPS.
try to discuss much better choices here on these PTF threads.


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my stocking in the tank at the moment is:
1 Dwarf puffer
1 oto (going to get another 2 soon)
2 amano shrimp

When the plants have been added i will get my self 5 cherry shirmp and maybe another puffer but it depends if i can get hold of 1.

Er, your DP might attack your RCS...but they've left your Amanos alone so far, so I guess you could chance it. If you get another DP, make sure it's small to start out with so it can grow to live with the shrimp.
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cheers spypet just going to have alook throught them now.

epicfish - my DP never even notices the shrimp doesnt bother him 1 bit lol, the filters very flow flow its a trikle filter.

cant take any pics as of yet batterys in camera have run out lol.
i need a new light for this tank as its crap the 1 in now.

can anyone suggest a cheap lamp/light?

Thanks.
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cheers spypet just going to have alook throught them now.

epicfish - my DP never even notices the shrimp doesnt bother him 1 bit lol, the filters very flow flow its a trikle filter.

cant take any pics as of yet batterys in camera have run out lol.
i need a new light for this tank as its crap the 1 in now.

can anyone suggest a cheap lamp/light?

Thanks.
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Lighting IMO is one place you don't want to go cheap. Lighting and filtration. Try to budget so you can get good lighting. Maybe for inexpensive look for T5's
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Here is the tank with plants in (this isnt the final aquascaping yet when i get some money the lights will be upgraded and new plants added.





What do you think?

Thanks.
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just added dwarf hair grass and a few other plants from my 20G planted.

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