Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: small town new york
10g jungle journey
Disclaimer - sorry if the text doesn't format right, I'm setting this up from my mobile.
So I decided to give the planted tank another go after mine somehow got nuked. I'm still unsure what happened but I saved all of the plants from the last go by growing them emersed. The last tank was a fluorite substrate and I hated it. Root tab, dosing, a pain to plant in. It was just horrible. So I decided to try a dirted tank, thanks to Dustin he got me hooked. I went to my local lowes, purchased a bag of MG organic. Took me a bit to sift it cause I used a window scree, but I got everything out, just dirt and it was perfect. So I filled the bottom of the tank, 1-1.5 inches of dirt, mixed some standard seachem fluorite into the dirt for iron I hope ( I know to much but I didn't realize it until after I filled it with water ) mistake number one. Mistake number two was I didn't wet the dirt at all before the cap. Just straight dry perfect dirt. I went on to cap with pool filter sand with about an inch. It's so much easier to plant into. But anyways I started with dhg ( I understand it'll grow in dirt just slowly, I'm okay with that ). Planted the front right corner about 5 inches out and 3 inches back. Than I placed the boulder ( rock ) with some java moss tied in place until it attaches ( If ). Than came the Ludwigia repens, before anyone says anything about started a dirted tank with them is not right, I know. It's all I had for fast growing stuff while my other goodies were in the mail. Anyways, I planted around 15 stems from my emersed set up. Mind you these plants came from a submerged life in the old tank, to almost dead in the emersed then made a killer come back grown above the water, and now there back under water. And there doing excellent so far. After than I started to look for some fast growers. I came up with jungle Val ( duh ) and dwarf sag. The sag came in today, and I just got it in the tank and it looks so awesome. I can't wait for it to grow in. The Val should be here any day now. Also the lights were running 12h a day to start, now its 5 hours on, 4 off, 5 on. Anyways onto the specs.
- standard 10 gallon aquarium
- cheapo 50w heater ( shopping for a new one soon )
- 1x 26w 6500k CFL ( 9.5" to substrate )
- 1x 10" finnex planted+ ( 9.5" to substrate ) ( from previous nano I owned )
- cheap cartridge filter ( no cartridge, diy basket with sponge than biomax in a bag )
- Miracle-Gro organic potting mix
- pool filter sand
Any input, suggestion, comments, critisim, advice is welcome with open arms being my first dirt aquarium. But so far so good, and I'm really loving how the scape it coming with the driftwood not sinking and the stone in the corner. I'll be looking for more drift wood, but it's gotta be that perfect piece for the tank.