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12/07/2010







Finally I set up my 10 gallon.

I'm waiting for my plants to arrive, which should be sometime this week.
For now as you can see from the pictures it's empty except some drift wood which I will be changing, going to the store tomorrow and hope I will find a nice piece of drift wood and maybe some petrified wood or a nice rock. Please don't mind the monster heater I am getting a different one, I borrowed it from my 55g, since it's still just standing there and it's a whole another project. Also I will be changing my light bulb from 28w 50/50 to 28w 6700k. Substrate is mineralized soil, Thanks torpedobarb , topped with color quarts. I actually might add a little more color quarts, or is it fine the way it is?

Day 1. 04/11/09 Just minutes after it's been set up, so it's a little cloudy.


Day 2 water more clearer, but the drift wood is an eye sore , it's got to go!


I will be posting more pictures as soon as I finished planting.
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imo the plant background is tacky. i would replace it with a black one. anyways, what plants are u getting? its hard to give u suggestions until i see some more pics. looks good so far tho!

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I know the background got to go too
And the plants I ordered for now are:
Ludwigia, Broad Leaf
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Anubias barteri v. ‘Nana’
Java Fern
Glossostigma elatinoides
Water Sprite
Java Moss
Ludwigia, Narrow Leaf


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Uhh i couldn't see the background until i starred at it for a minute or so. Even then i can barely make out the background. What background you planing to put on?

Mineralized soil, nice! If i had know that i would have bought that instead of eco-complete, o well.

You got quite a bit of work it seems, good luck!
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mmmm... maybe create a slope with some more soil?
just a thought?
anyways, cant wait to see it soon!


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Uhh i couldn't see the background until i starred at it for a minute or so. Even then i can barely make out the background. What background you planing to put on?
yea i didnt notice it the first time i looked at the tank, but i went back and noticed it in the 2nd pic. itll be a lot more noticeable when it clears up tho!

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Thanks guys

I was thinking putting a slope in there, I will give that a try. And I'm thinking to change the background to black or stone wall looking one, we'll see. Maybe a blue one


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Day 4
No plants yet still waiting for them to be delivered, I ordered them on Saturday from aquariumplants.com and though I would get an email from them yesterday or today that they shipped them but so far no email. I also got some new driftwood (Malaysian driftwood) and a nice rock. I will post some pictures when my plants arrive. Water is supper clear and I decided to do a water test today so the results of the water test are pH 7.6
High range pH is around 8.0
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
I also got KH/GH test and my KH is around 5-6 and GH is around 11-12

Any comments on my water quality are welcome.
I'm still a little confused on KH/GH part and a high range pH test, should I go by high range pH or just a pH test? And what does my KH/GH test results really mean, what should I look for and do I need to do anything?

Going to read up a little more on all that water chemistry stuff


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I agree with needing more substrate. It sounds like your tank is starting to cycle pretty good considering your ammonia is close to zero.

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Finally my tank is planted! It only took me like 4+ hours. I will be adding some more plants next week so the whole scape might change.
Here are some pictures:
This is before the plants.


After I planted. The front view. The monster heater is still in there, the new one is on the way and I hope it will be here by monday.


The right side view. Sorry about the glare.


The left side view





The close up.


Planting glosso was a pita. I spent like 2 hours just taking it appart and planting it.


Sorry that the picture quality is not the greates. Now I would love to hear some comments. Let me know what you guys think. Also the DIY CO2 should be going up tomorrow.
When can I take off the threat of the plants? How long does it takes for them to get attached to wood or rock?
Thanks for looking


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good start. the plants can take a few months to grab hold. the glosso looks good as well, but dang 2 hours just to plant that small area?

i spent about 2 hours today rescaping my 46 gal. i moved 80% of the plants today and a lot of the hardscape around. i thought 2 hours was a long time!

anyways, nice pics let it fill in now.

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good start. the plants can take a few months to grab hold. the glosso looks good as well, but dang 2 hours just to plant that small area?

i spent about 2 hours today rescaping my 46 gal. i moved 80% of the plants today and a lot of the hardscape around. i thought 2 hours was a long time!

anyways, nice pics let it fill in now.
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actually it took me like an hour and a half to take the glosso appart and around half an hour to plant it. It came in a pot and there was a lot of it all tangled up, I found some snails and snail eggs in it, buch of floaters, so it took me a while to get some of it ready to plant, now I hope it survives and grows. Maybe with more experience one day I can get it all done in 2 hours and not 4+ hours


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actually it took me like an hour and a half to take the glosso appart and around half an hour to plant it. It came in a pot and there was a lot of it all tangled up, I found some snails and snail eggs in it, buch of floaters, so it took me a while to get some of it ready to plant, now I hope it survives and grows. Maybe with more experience one day I can get it all done in 2 hours and not 4+ hours
hehe i know exactly what u went through. when i first bought glosso years ago, it came in a plastic pot and was in one big bundle. takes forever to pick them apart right!?

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hehe i know exactly what u went through. when i first bought glosso years ago, it came in a plastic pot and was in one big bundle. takes forever to pick them apart right!?
I'm telling you it's horrible. Now I know why everyone calls glosso a pita
I probably could've gotten more out of that pot but after an hour and a half I wanted to throw it all out.


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I would love to see some more comments or suggestions


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