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10 gallon: My Second Tank

Started off emmersed with 1 pot of HC and 1 pot of Dwarf Hairgrass. Filled with water at ~4monthes. Added stem plants a week later. Had a few algae problems along the way... first diatom and GSA, then thread and hair.

Equipment
Tank: 10 gallon
Light: 2x 10Watt fluorescent bulbs from walmart. Reflectors painted brilliant white.
Substrate: Aquasoil Amazonia I
Filter: Aquaclear 20
DIY CO2

Fauna
Otocinclus (2)
Pygmy Corydora (5)
Red Cherry Shrimp (20)
Ramshorn Snails (too many!)
Snail needing ID (1)

Flora
HC
Dwarf Hairgrass
Blyxa Japonica
Wisteria
Rotala Rotundifolia
Ludwigia Repens
1 lonely corkscrew Val

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Haven't been able to put much focus on aquascaping as this tank has been mostly learning experience. Now that I have good parameters, good growth, overcoming algae, and happy shrimp, I'd like your comments on what I can improve.

Note: pics are about 1-2 weeks old. Most of the thread/hair algae has cleared and stem plants have been trimmed and replanted.

FTS w/ flash (white bottle cap you see is holding the filter tilted for more surface movement)


FTS w/ no flash


Oto! He's been diligently keeping this corner of my tank HC free


Thread algae... yuck!


Pygmy Cory enjoying new home!


RCS enjoying some flake.




1 month after receiving shrimp, BERRIES!!!


She's a fast swimmer -_-


That's a little better


Enjoying some algae wafer. Can you find the oto that got his algae stolen?



Credits: aquariumplants.com for HC and DH, derekp for stem plants and blyxa, bigshrimpin for RCS.


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Picture fail!

I cannot see the pictures.

Sounds interesting though. 4 months of emmersed? I have to see the hairgrass!

My tank sucks now

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I'm looking forward to seeing some pics! I always envy those who have the patience to wait through an emersed setup first. I'm always too anxious to get everything going!
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Can you see pics now? I'm using Picasa to host... Let me know if it's still not working, I'll try to figure it out.

The pics are pretty big btw so maybe that might be a problem...


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I'm not seeing any pics...it doesn't appear that any are trying to load either...
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ok now? I changed all the picture links from the full 1600x1200 size to the smaller thumbnail ones...


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That is one beautiful field of HC!
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YAY pics work!!!

I'm thinking I maxed out the 1600x1200 pics per post limit or something, since the large pic I posted in my 2.5 journal is working fine. I'll try to swap out the FTS shots with the larger ones so you can see some detail. Actually scratch that, I'll update with recent pics in a few days since this current FTS has algae blurring out some of the view.

Digsy, Thanks. I agree. I still can't get over how 1 tiny 1"x1" pot of HC turned into this mess. lol. Patience and emmersed start up ftw. I guess I did have it pretty easy though. Being away at school, I didn't have to do much. This tank spent most of its emmersed life unattended and with a light timered Hampton Bay keeping guard.


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It's beautiful. How long did it take for the HC to fill in emersed?
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Thank you Frosty - about 6 months total to where it is now.

Setup
Started off with 1 pot of HC, planted in clumps of about 1-3 stems, 1" apart from each other. Took a couple hours.

Emmersed
27 Watts for 12 hours a day for the next 4 months. Had some BGA problems developing in the small pools of water and around the edges of the tank. Each 1-3 stem plantlet had turned into about a 1" diameter bush, so about 3/4 of the surface covered.

Submerged
Rescaped a little bit before filling which caused some clumps to uproot. Transitioned very nice, didn't see any HC go bad from the submersion process. Tweezered and toothbrushed out the little films of BGA.
About 1 month w/ NO CO2 and NO ferts. Just weekly WC. Didn't see too much growth, everything just turned greener.
1 month up to present w/ CO2 and NO ferts. Thinking of starting to use Flourish Comprehensive soon. Big difference in growth, almost all empty areas got covered.

I do have some pics from this whole process but will have to grab them from another camera. Save it for another day, another post.

I pretty much credit this HC carpet to the aquasoil. There wasn't much done on my part.


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