Hello everyone! My name is Marshall. I'm a 31y/o tradesman from northern Ohio, on the lake. I'm brand spanking new here and first wanted to introduce myself a little. Like most of us I have always had the pleasure of being around aquariums, and still remember my fathers 55 from when I was 6, kept my own 10G's and 20G's mostly saltwater reefs, through middle school and high school. My 20G tall survived all these years under the care of my parents in a freshwater setting, under gravel filter, 20G HOB, but eventually made its way back to me as I returned to Ohio, from the Keys. That's where my interest in the hobby sparked yet again, and here I am!!! Years ago there were not online forums and easy access to information, and upon investigating an existing species I keep, came across the plethora of information, videos, and forums.. Naturally I dug a little deeper into the substrate (cheesy eh?). I love to write, which if that is not evident by now it will be! So... I chose plantedtank.net because the members here appear to be very nice, creative, helpful, and most importantly don't argue over the same ol stuff with googans like I've seen elsewhere. Everyone seems to have a great attitude, and have graduated over time into novice aquatic gardners and aquascapers. I am by no means even close to that, but would like to use this as a somewhat journal to this tank... And have some questions of my own (which I will denominate along the way as [X]). So, here is what I have created as a first attempt at keeping and enjoying plants, shrimp, and fish together in harmony.
June 1st, 2015 Saturation
10 Gallon, typical.
20 Gallon HOB filter with carbon, ceramics, and floss. (Yeah, HOB, I know, it's what I had)
15-16lbs Eco-Complete substrate.
Malaysian Drifwood Hardscape, which takes up easily a gallon of water maybe slightly more, no rocks.
Dwarf Hairgrass, Java Fern, Java Moss, Crypt Parva, Amazon Frogbit, Unidentified hygrophelia.
Red cherry shrimp, glow light tetras.
DIY Co2, two 850ml Gatorade bottles, Yeast. Restocked opposing 8-10 day cycles. Night time air stone 1/2 hour before sunset and sunrise. Approximately 2.2ml Flourish Excel every other day. Water changes at 25-30% every two to three days initially, every four days now, which will hopefully allow me to perform in wider timespans eventually.
DIY adjustable lighting fixture with switch, stainless steel, aluminum base and uprights. Two 23watt 6500k CFL spirals. 8 1/2 hours a day. As of now no heater, but stays between 70-73degrees as the warmer months are among us in northern Ohio again.
I did not use a root tab system like osmocote plus, only because locally I could not find the "plus" version and have yet to find out if the "osmecote" itself is sufficient or adversley detrimental to the plants, substrate, fish, etc. (maybe you can help me out with that ). I'm plenty aware you can order online, but as for this tank everything was purchased in brick and mortar fashion, aside from the Frogbit (terrible eBay seller, but I saved it and it is flourishing now, what was left of it.. pretty resilient stuff). And the light fixture itself which I fabricated, wired, designed myself.
I did not do a dry start method on the hairgrass but it is throwing runners anyway, despite the course substrate. I would imagine this is due to the high lighting and excel dosing. A runner will brown out initially but thrive quickly. It's not running rampant, but nonetheless running.. I did save some for a small vase style dry start/terrarium in hopes to quickly spread it and transplant it into this 10G in spots that need help filling in.  I wouldn't mind if you chimed in or could direct me to some further information as to how this is being done successful elsewhere.
A little break in information:
I realize attempting this in a small setting like 10G is a challenge and will require extra effort, but as long as I enjoy doing it I certainly don't mind, and I have enjoyed it so far!!!
I didn't really have plan or objective when creating this, it was essentially an on the whim build after visiting Aquatica Aquarium Gallery, southwest of Cleveland, for the first time. Best Aquatics store I have yet to see, very cool!!! To my point.. This is where I found the driftwood, which was said to be boiled and tanned-out.. So I went for it. That was not the case, so I guess I have created a somewhat black water environment, which is okay I suppose, as I plan to house the shrimp with leaves anyhow. Just requires a little more frequency in the water changes to make it a little more appealing to the human eye. As far as I know this won't be harmful to the glow lights, or any plants I have housed . On a sidenote, it is not evident in pictures but the back side of the driftwood has a "leg" just off center to the right, which creates a nice hiding spot away from high lighting or other inhabitants. So the tannins are still seeping out in this tank, and in a bucket with another piece I bought... This, adds to my own googan status, as I was impatient because I had plants in hand and ready to get the tank started at least mentally. The only plans I did go into this with were (possibly) creating a breeding space for glowlights and RCS simultaneously, taking advantage of a carpeted substrate and natural hiding spots a planted tank offers, though I am aware there is much work to be done first.
Back to it: I will spare you the exact specifics on timing and water readings... With that said, there was a three day phase for the Eco complete to end the white cloudiness, which could have possibly also been a bacterial bloom as I initially used water from my 20G, as well as filter media. Cleared right up, but it was to return...
Enter 3 glow light tetras and 2 red cherry shrimp from 20G to fish cycle
Another phase of whitish, milky I suppose water which readings indicated was, this time, a bacterial bloom, I had the patience to leave it alone knowing this and it went crystal clear soon after.
Shortly after that there was what appeared to be an algae bloom. Java moss especially was gathering fuzz/hair and looked like it was hanging on for dear life, this soon also passed.. And everything is back to crystal clear... Maybe you can help me out on this.. I believe the algae bloom was created from the one plant I bought that was housed in a tank among fish at pet supplies plus in Sandusky... It had green/brown fuzz like algae on its leaves. Is it possible I transplanted this into my tank? I only rinsed it with leftover water from this tanks WC and softly brushed . But nonetheless the brownish/green fuzz has gone away on its own. Among this algae bloom was also a one day phase where the surface of the water was collecting bubbles rather than letting the gas exchange take place accompanied by a slight oil slick... This could have possibly been protein? I have no idea but it still baffles me. One WC and it was gone. but ever since it seems as though I have reoccurring surface tension problems, nothing to the point of bubbles gathering absolutely everywhere but a little bit stranger than that. I will do my best to explain... I have really had to pay attention to my air stones.. Changed them out, tried different ones, there is never a consistent flow, even more confusing to me.. the lower the air stone the less it produces and does not produce at all at the substrate. 
At this point, all inhabitants are safe, one developed a little fin rot during the bacterial bloom, he has since returned home to his more comfortable school. This left 2 glow lights which revealed an "alpha", so I returned the helpless tetra back home as well. Now, the tank is housed with the single alpha glowlight tetra, and two red cherry shrimp.
I suppose that is enough for now as I'm sure I lost a few readers along the way... But those of you who are still here thank you very much and I am happy to be a part of a community such as this to have a place to communicate on our own time, and I am especially grateful to have the support of those of you with much more experience and knowledge... And those of you who can help or provide a little insight, please feel free to comment, opinionate, help with anything I have and will share with you all... Among the following...
 Is Osmecote (NOT Osmecote Plus) sufficient or detrimental?
 Any tips on terrarium or vase style emersed froth with DHG? Links would also be appreciated.
 Anything I have doomed to succeed in a slightly black water environment? Will the tannins eventually slow as I anticipate? I realize this is a fairly sizable piece for a 10G but is it too big, which will make me fight off tannins with endless water changes?
 Did I introduce the algae bloom which has appearantly passed? I am a little weary of bleach water rinsing, should I get over it?
 The most important one I have.. What the heck is going on with my air stones, my surface tension, gathering bubbles, lack of bubbles?? I've researched this myself to no solution, hoping with your experience now that someone has been through this before..
Once again thank you for reading, and I am happy to be a part of such a community as this. Please feel free to comment on anything!!!! Also sorry if I have trouble with pictures as this is my first post, im sure the white balance is going to be a little extreme as most pics will be from iphone!!! THANKS!!! marshall29