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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-03-2015, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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10G Low tech (high tech soon)

I started in the Low Tech Forum but this is the proper place.

Pretty simple. 10 G standard with the old dual bulb hood. Pair of 13 W CFL. No filter. Eco-Complete gravel & excel. A few MTS and maybe a Betta. Just finished cutting a branch down to size that's been in a rotation of a diluted bleach bath and sunbathing for about two weeks. That and some flat grey rocks will be the hardscape. Thanks to a ROAK from Tyrone I've got a ton of moss to tie to the wood. And also some water lettuce thanks to fractuured1. I also picked up some DHG today and I'll probably pull some anibus nana from another tank. I'll post some pics of a few different ideas for the hardscape and see what kind of ideas or suggestions you guys have.

Here's a pic of the branch to start.
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The DHG planted
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Flooded the tank
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You can see it from both sides!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-03-2015, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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The large upright stone is just an ugly weight. Should be done in a few days. Got a few great tips from Tyrone on top of the ROAK. I'll try to break down the weight stone into smaller pieces and work them into the scape. He also ID'd the leafy vine within the moss. It's Hydro Japan. I'd never heard of it but like most things planted I got a ton of info for the community here. Seems like a very cool plant and I can't wait to play around with it.
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Also recommend I trim the DHG to promote growth, so a quick mowing was in order. Hopefully we'll see some runners soon.
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My next plan is to order the Hagen natural CO2 system off Amazon. The full system and a 3 pack of the refills are only $35. I'll probably use a DIY recipe after I run out or just pass it around to future tanks after a few trims. I've used it about 5 years ago on almost the exact same tank set-up. Only difference is old tank had 30W of CFL spirals and it's only 26W here. Man that tank was awesome.... oh well. This one will be great pretty soon. Stay tuned.
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Should be interesting to see the growth from the mix of moss and Hydro Japan.
Waiting to see this one myself especially that limb by the surface.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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Also, I'm going to keep the HOB filter on. I built one of those DIY water bottle hangers for it. Then stuffed that with a sponge I had in another tank's filter. Took away the surface movement but there's still enough current in the water to move any sitting debris off the floor in front of it. I'll need to manually remove anything that settles from the opposite end of the tank.
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