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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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My new 10gal setup 56k, long

Hello all. I just wanted to share my newest tank, a regular 10 gal setup that I've had running since the 12th. This tank is replacing my old 5 gal, so the filter just transferred over, same bio-load, same substrate, no cycle (and I've been testing everyday. woohoo!) So I guess I'll show pics and then put the specs after. Please, comment and (constructively) criticize. I am here to learn



(i really love that "root-y" looking piece of wood)


That last one's a pic of my dwarf puffer Frank G. Chesterton, although upon further observation, I am fairly certain that Frank is, in fact, Francine. Oh well

So the specs:
Run-of-the-mill hob filter, millenium, I think
50w Whisper heater
No co2
2 15w cf bulbs, I think they're 6500k?

Plants:
Java moss
Java Fern (just a little bit)
Flame Moss
Xmas Moss
Vals
Anacharis (just for now to help with the uptake of excess ammonia etc)
Crypts (Bronze wendetti, green gecko?, one other kind)

Animals:
1 dwarf puffer
1 african dwarf frog (he's like 4 years old now )
4 amanos
15ish cherries

One note, the pvc pipe I have sitting in the middle of the tank is really ugly, but my animals really like to hide out in there. I attempted to silicone some sand on it (and that was a real party, let me tell you) but most of it ended up falling apart. I would like to be able to leave it in there, but only if I could make it less visually distracting. Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading my ramblings Please leave any ideas, comments, or criticism that you have.

Rachel

PS - Please excuse the quality of the photos, I didn't realize how much glare there was at the time I took them, but I'll probably be taking more pics within the next week or so, so please bear with me.
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So It's been a week, and I was able to get some scarlet temple from a petstore at home, I removed most of the anacharis (thankfully), and I got 4 otos. I replanted the vals a little and I think it looks a lot better. Here are pics:
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Right side


What do you think?
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A promising start, that tube in the middle is positively hideous though.
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I agree, but the animals love it. Any ideas for camouflage?
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slate or landscape rock? moss or a bunch of stems or something in front, something to just divert your eyes away from it. It it was all black that would have helped.
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Totally agree about that pipe at the back, I'd take it out and replace with a nice piece of bogwood. I do like that plant at the back though, and i think I'd add a few foreground plants too. Interesting to see how it develops.
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I originally tried to silicone the black sand on it. That was fun...
Okay so I just took it out and replaced it with 3 rocks so it's like a cave. i put some flame moss on the top rock and hopefully it will grow in okay.

Tourney, I really like the scarlet temple too. This is the first time I've ever used it and I like it a lot more than I originally thought I would. As for the foreground, my plan was to leave that emptier so I can watch my puffer eat. (S)he likes to hang out up front a lot too Here are some pics of the replacement. Let me know if this is any better. Please excuse the cloudiness, I didn't let the water settle very long before taking the pics.
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Looks nice and it all blends now. Once all your moss covers the top of the cave and your coconut that tank will look beautiful.
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Thanks for the encouragement, smg
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The rock cave is an enormous improvement. How are the otos doing? I always hear about them dropping during the first couple weeks.
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Well, I bought 5 and put them in around 8 pm Sat night and one of them was dead by noon the next day, but it was skinny and little and I almost didn't buy it in the first place, so I wasn't surprised. Other than that, the others are going strong so far... Of course now that I've said that, I'm sure they will all drop dead now
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what type of sand is that?

tahitian moon sand?
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It's knock-off tahitian moon sand It's Estes' Ultra Reef sand. It's really light and floats when you first add it, but it gets a lot better after a couple of hours. I like it a lot.
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looks pretty dang good. i like the cave MUCH better. it'll look pretty stinking awesome when the flame moss takes off. keep us updated.
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100% agree with the others, the new cave looks great, and no doubt when the moss takes off, it will look even better. You've made a good start, and keep us updated.
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