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10g 'hi tech' Journal - "Sir Lance a Lot"

I'm starting a new aquarium and a corresponding journal, both things which I haven't done in some time. This is the first time where I have a clear 'artistic vision' before starting, which I suppose is a good thing, sign of maturity, blah blah blah.

Tank Specifications:
Tank: 10g Top Fin (they have thinner rims than AGA but sloppier silicon work) with glass top.
Lighting: 36w AHS retrofitted into a standard 20" strip light.
Filter: MaxiJet 400 (106gph) retrofitted to a sponge filter.
CO2: Pressurized. Nano Glass & Ceramic Diffuser (feeding into sponge filter).
Heater: N/A
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil
Hardscape: Rocks!

Plants:
Blyxa Japonica
Eleocharis parvula
Pogostemon helferi
Ranunculus inundatus
Rotala wallichii
Rotala sp. Mini Type I

Livestock:
10?x Hyphessobrycon amandae
40x Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. white
2x Otocinclus vestitus

And so it begins....


If my wife saw her tupperware and bakeware like this I'd be a dead man.

more pics later today...
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I have a TopFin tank, the silicone isnt that sloppy? Maybe its just urs. Anyway, looks like ur gonna be on ur way to a great tank!!!
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If my wife saw her tupperware and bakeware like this I'd be a dead man.
Yeah I would for sure be in the same sinking boat with you on that one.

I can't wait to see how you set this up. I am not so sure I like your rocks though.


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Well, it's all up and running. Took over an hour just to plant the hairgrass.

This is my first experience with Aquasoil. I'll do partial water changes every few days and will be keeping an eye on the ammonia.

First time going without a background too. Pretty excited about that.

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Bare Tank:


Mulmified:


Substrate:


Hardscape:


Fillling:


Planted:


Filled (don't mind the filter/diffuser, it's geared for 'snail asphyxiation' mode tonight):


Doesn't look like much now. They never do. Give it two months.


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I have a TopFin tank, the silicone isnt that sloppy? Maybe its just urs.
I don't know. I have two and both are sloppier than my AGA tanks. On the other hand, the silicone work on the Top Fin tanks with black silicone is the best I've seen in mass-produced tanks.

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I am not so sure I like your rocks though.
Sorry to hear that. I think they're fantastic; hand selected by your's truly...I must have looked at a thousand rocks before finding the right combination. In the end, the rock yard didn't charge me since 5 rocks was relatively trivial given the scale they sell things at. Total cost of $0.00 - eat your hearts out those who spend $3.98 or whatever ridiculousness on ADG rocks just like everyone else has...it's like frat club dues... har. joke.
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I love the rocks. I been having a thing for smooth and rounded rocks in tank because they look more natural(thats what you mainly find underwater anyway).


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SWeet! I think it's going to look awesome once it grows in a bit. Rocks look pretty natural to me too!!!

Thanks for sharing!
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This is going to be a sweet little setup!! Nice job with the hairgrass, it really pays off to take your time with it.
It's a shame the filter's so huge though


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If my wife saw her tupperware and bakeware like this I'd be a dead man.

I think You can take her.....




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Thanks guys (and gals?)!

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It's a shame the filter's so huge though
But it's super easy to remove for photos.
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Good news: I woke up to lots of pale-white dead snails keeled over on the substrate. I guess the 4ppm leach of ammonia from the A.S., coupled w/a 2x (over)dose of excel and co2 pushing the pH down into the low 5s will have that kind of result.
I don't see any alive, but will keep an eye out and a fingernail ready.

Started a regimen of Seachem Stability today.
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Good news: I woke up to lots of pale-white dead snails keeled over on the substrate. I guess the 4ppm leach of ammonia from the A.S., coupled w/a 2x (over)dose of excel and co2 pushing the pH down into the low 5s will have that kind of result.
I don't see any alive, but will keep an eye out and a fingernail ready.

Started a regimen of Seachem Stability today.
Your tank is going to look like mine in no time..."think swirling ammonia clouds induced by mass Excel OD"!!!


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Nah, I only did a 2x overdose yesterday and just did a water change today. Ammonia is @ 1ppm.
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1 week update: Old growth on the Blyxa and Downoi melted a bit, probably due to the new lower hardness and/or ammonia. The new growth and everything else is doing great.

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Sorry to hear that. I think they're fantastic; hand selected by your's truly...I must have looked at a thousand rocks before finding the right combination. In the end, the rock yard didn't charge me since 5 rocks was relatively trivial given the scale they sell things at. Total cost of $0.00 - eat your hearts out those who spend $3.98 or whatever ridiculousness on ADG rocks just like everyone else has...it's like frat club dues... har. joke.
Free rocks? It doesn't get better than that! I also got my rocks from a landscape place for my 55G. I think I spent about $6.50 on 40 some pounds.

BTW I am liking your rocks better now that I know they were free!

You also did a nice job setting up the rocks and the plants. I am quite impressed with how it is filling in.


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Thanks windsdlc. Can't beat Free!

Yeah, it is filling in quickly, at least the wallachii and ranunculus are quick! Blyxa, downoi, hg, rotala 'mini' and verticularis are a bit slower. It will take several months to get them where they need to be.
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