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10 gallon low tech dwarf puffer tank (56k warning)

I started this tank in June of last year with the intentions of having a dwarf puffer tank. Back then, I planned on only using plastic plants, and had a garishly interesting mix of black and blue gravel.

In September, I got my first few plants. A java fern, a clump of java moss, Cryptocoryne x willisii, and one of those Marimo algae balls. I was content with that until I had a BGA outbreak and I was told the solution to my problem was more fast growing plants and more fertilization (which, at the time, I was relying on the fish to fertilize). I had never intended to go much further than a few "easy" plants. You know, turn the lights on, admire the pretty plants and then forget about them 'cause they grow fine. Ha ha.

I'm hooked now. It went from getting a few plants for free in a raffle to well over $200 invested in fertilizers, substrate and plants.

Now, here's the tank today, totally revamped:



Lighting is two 10 watt All-Glass mini compact flourescent lights, 6500k. Substrate is Flourite. Filter is a HOB Aquaclear Mini.

Fertilization is Flourish Excel and Iron 1x daily, Fleet 2x week, and Flourish 3x week.

Plants and critterlings in the tank are listed in my sig. (So are my geckos)

Comments and contstructive criticism are welcome.

Plants: Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne x willisii, Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila polysperma, Microsorum pteropus, Vesicularia dubyana

Critters:
0.0.3 Carinotetraodon travancoricus
0.0.1 Otocinclus sp.
2.1.0 Caridina japonica
0.0.4 Coenobita compressus
0.1.0 Lampropeltis alterna
0.0.2 Lamprophis maculatus
0.1.0 Pachydactylus rangei
0.1.0 Gekko gecko
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everyone's ten gallon looks bigger than mine... stupid wisteria :-p

I like it. Hygro might be a wee little big. And just HAD to notice. why do you have 3 thermometers?
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You keep geckoes in a fish tank?
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I like it. Hygro might be a wee little big. And just HAD to notice. why do you have 3 thermometers?
Three thermometers, because this used to be a tank for a semi-aquatic oriental toad setup. The thermometer at the top was to measure air temperature, the other water. The glass thermometer is for accuracy because I don't entirely trust the LCD thermometers' accuracy.

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You keep geckoes in a fish tank?
Of course not.

They're in their own enclosures. I meant that the geckos were also listed in my sig. Not that they were in the aquarium.

Plants: Cryptocoryne parva, Cryptocoryne x willisii, Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila polysperma, Microsorum pteropus, Vesicularia dubyana

Critters:
0.0.3 Carinotetraodon travancoricus
0.0.1 Otocinclus sp.
2.1.0 Caridina japonica
0.0.4 Coenobita compressus
0.1.0 Lampropeltis alterna
0.0.2 Lamprophis maculatus
0.1.0 Pachydactylus rangei
0.1.0 Gekko gecko
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