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The extraordinary journey of a ten gallon tank (AKA ten gallon remodeling help)

I have a 10g that I got before I new much about aquariums. it currently has: 2 inches of normal gravel, the lighting you get with the aquarium, a biowheel filter, ancharis, micro sword, and wisteria.
I want: better gravel (maybe flourite or eco complete), better lighting, diy co2, a different filter, and more plants. I recently got a bunch of drift wood, which I still haven't soaked.
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Oh, and the questions: what substrate should I use, how much light, what ferts (I've never used them before) and what plants should I use. And how I should change substrate in a already established tank.
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For the substrate i would suggest flourite, i just put it in my new 10 gallon im starting and i love the color and how it holds the plants....its great. Im also getting this light..... http://www.coralreefsupply.com/detai...CL_AQUAS_1x28W
im just goin to change the bulb....as for the changing of the substrate i know there is a thread that talk about how to do it.....just look it up
o and fert dosing....i use seachem...its easy for a small tank
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i use the same light lil boy posted when i bought it the lfs store swapped the bulb to a daylight bulb for free its perfect for my 10 i also have a 96 w 20" aqualight from a mini reef but its a little to much. I have a 10 and 12 g tank and use greg watson pmdd premix about 1/4 teaspoon every other day i dont need to add iron my water has plenty and i add 1/32 teaspoon phosphate on the odd days 50% water change on sunday 20 lb tank with manifold split to run bot tanks. This may give you some ideas or somewhere to start.
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Let me say it again: I have never used ferts before. I need to no how much of what to get, not just the company. do you think that light will be enough? I don't want to buy something, and find out that I need someting else.
If I use flourite, how much do you think I need?
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I also have a problem. I got 7 zebra danio fry from qazplm25 (we live about half a mile away from eachother) and I don't know where to put them. in my 10 g I will be changing substrate, which would be stressful, but in my 20g tank, I have 2 kribs and a blue gorami which would eat them, though I have more plants in there. Also, the 10 gallon will propably be safe for them because there are no huge fish. Where should I put them?
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Let me say it again: I have never used ferts before. I need to no how much of what to get, not just the company. do you think that light will be enough? I don't want to buy something, and find out that I need someting else.
If I use flourite, how much do you think I need?
I listed the name and the amount. but cant tell you exactly how much you will need as every tank is diffrent but it should give you a starting point then test and adjust as needed. I use pmdd premix it has everything except iron and phosphate. its sold at http://www.gregwatson.com/ in one pount portions that will last a long time for that size tank.
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if you get that aqualight change the bulb you dont need actinic . I have the exact same unit.
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I don't see riccia doing all that well with 28 watts. I have 36 over my 15 with riccia floating on the surface. It's dwarf riccia, I'm not sure if that means it has different lighting requirements. Anyway, the riccia under 36 watts doesn't do all that well.

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Mine does fine 28w on a 10 is fine the tank is not tall at all . Aqualight makes the same 20 inch light with a 96w quad bulb but that would be very hard to manage. Remember thats a 28w CF bulb , that will put out more light than a normal tube or incandescent of the same wattage.
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I think I'll go with the 28w. I will use a spare aquaclear HOB filter, but I hate HOBs. plants alwayget sucked op by them. What do you people think should fill up the 1,2,3... on the plan?
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What should I change the bulb to?
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Umm, the plan was so you could like say the number with the plant next to it, maybe I wasn't clear enough.
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