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10 Gallon, Low Tech, Natural Aquarium Journal

I just got the this tank set up last night. I decided that I wanted to try out a natural aquarium setup (no filters or heaters).

The tank is a 10 gallon with 2 WPG of light. The plants include guppy grass, wysteria, anubias, narrow leaf java fern, java fern, and crypts. I am actually not sure what my background plant is....I'm assuming some kind of Val or Crypt. If anyone could help ID it I would really appreciate it. I would eventually like to add some sort of moss to grow on the rocks.

The tank is currently stocked with two trios of German White Tail Guppies. I am hoping they will breed for me (shouldn't be too hard since guppies breed like rabbits). I will be adding some red cherry shrimp next week.

I will be dosing the tank weekly with the Flourish line of Ferts.

Anyways, if anyone has any feedback, please feel free to give it. Please excuse the bags of biomedia that are sitting in there right now. I used them to seed the tank, and will remove them in a few weeks. Here are a couple pics:



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guppies and shrimp don't mix well. guppies will make snacks out of them.
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guppies and shrimp don't mix well. guppies will make snacks out of them.
Thanks for the imput I know a lot of people who have sucessfully kept guppies and shrimp together, so I'll take my chances. If they get eaten, then I'll consider doing a small shrimp only tank.
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Is this tank cycled?

75g, pair of gold rams , ABN, 1 adult 2 young discus, 2oto's, 6ADF's, 3 anglefish. 96w 6700k-light 6hrs raised, No C02, Excel, EI dry macro's and micro's, Eheim 2126, 18w UV, 2 Nano 270 powerhead. wall of bubbles for more O2 for such a deep tank.
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Yes it's cycled. I seeded it with media and gravel from another tank and put a couple of my dwarf rainbows and some Superbac in the tank to complete the cycle. I should have specified.... I stocked it with plants and fish yesterday The cycle just finished though, so I don't want to remove the media yet.
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I like it, except for the molded piece of concrete designed to look like a rock on the right.

Only other thing is that the light looks very yellow. Is that due to tannins in the water, or a low kelvin rating on the bulb?
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I like the set-up. You have a good plant load for a new tank. The cement rock could be covered by moss so it looks more real. Do you plan on Weekly WC's? Or just let it do it's own thing (more el natural)? I have never tried that method, for now I am low light, with Excel and EI dry. I have read Tom Barrs posts on it and it sounds interesting

http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...2-methods.html

and Diane Walsteds way:
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...step-step.html

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I like it, except for the molded piece of concrete designed to look like a rock on the right.

Only other thing is that the light looks very yellow. Is that due to tannins in the water, or a low kelvin rating on the bulb?
Thanks. I don't really like that piece either, but I kind of just pulled rocks from my box of discard stuff from other tanks, lol. I think I am going to try to cover it in moss like Crystalview suggested. I have some java moss in another tank that I could tie on there The bulb has a low kelvin rating, hence, the yellow look. I am planning on upgrading the bulb next week (after payday )

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I like the set-up. You have a good plant load for a new tank. The cement rock could be covered by moss so it looks more real. Do you plan on Weekly WC's? Or just let it do it's own thing (more el natural)? I have never tried that method, for now I am low light, with Excel and EI dry. I have read Tom Barrs posts on it and it sounds interesting

http://www.barrreport.com/estimative...2-methods.html

and Diane Walsteds way:
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...step-step.html
Thanks Good suggestion about the moss. I deffinetly think I will try that. I am debating on the subject of water changes. I think I may test the nitrates on a weekly basis, and if they get anywhere near 20, do a water change. I doubt a few guppies are going to produce that much waste. I am so dilligent about water changes normally that its gonna be wierd for me to try this other method. I have read both of those links that you posted and they helped inspire me to try this out. I really like the idea of low maininance tanks, but we'll see how it goes.
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I just thought I would give an update:

Everything is doing great. Nitrates are staying below 5ppm which is good. I haven't done a water change yet either. I added an airstone to give the tank more aeration. I am also thinking about adding a 2nd strip light to give the tank higher lighting. I think I am going to try to add a layer of organic potting soil under the gravel to help the plants grow more quickly. I added it to my 70 gallon and the plants have exploded. The only thing is, I am worried about getting all of my shrimp out of the tank. Can anyone give me any tips on how to do this? I'll post some pics soon
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