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OoNickoC's 10g ramblings

This is my first attempt at a planted tank, so here goes.

Current Equiptment (very minimal atm)

10g tank (unsure of brand, prob AG)
2x 26watt spirals, 6500k (one on @ 10am-6pm, the other 2pm-10pm)
36 lbs of eco complete
Fluval 2+ filter (temp)...too big, so it is temp.
Hydor heater
DIY co2 in the works

Current Fish
3 tetras ( 2x gl one neon) (adopted, temporary)

I am leaning towards some longer moss on the drift wood and some small (tiny) leafed ground cover. Other than that nothing is set in stone.
I found some sweet manzanita today on a hike that I would like to incorporate. I should have some pics up tonight or tomarow, the former would be nice.
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Got some pictures this morning, obviously still a blank canvas. Im looking for a filter at the moment, I may use an old HP lifegaurd system.
Nothing fancy, just a basic 10...



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Very nice 10g!

I love the wood and the slope of the eco-complete. Unfortunately though that grass type plant is called mondo grass and is non-aquatic. It will die in your tank if left underwater.
But the other plants are crypts, which will do fine in there! You may get a bit of melting (disintegration of the leaves) as the plants adjust to the water, but they will start producing new ones as soon as the melted ones are off.
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Very nice 10g!

I love the wood and the slope of the eco-complete. Unfortunately though that grass type plant is called mondo grass and is non-aquatic. It will die in your tank if left underwater.
But the other plants are crypts, which will do fine in there! You may get a bit of melting (disintegration of the leaves) as the plants adjust to the water, but they will start producing new ones as soon as the melted ones are off.
Thanks.
I stumbled across some warning about mondo, but got it free and didnt want to insult the offer. I do have some B. Japonica that will be coming sometime soon, as I appreciated thier similarity. I still have a ton of research to do, obviously....
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Ooh... this is going to be interesting, I have nearly the exact same setup, 10g, 2x26w spiral 6500k, DIY co2, Flourite Black, that I'll be posting a journal/photo album on soon.

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Some plants

I recived a plant package a few weeks or so ago. I basically just stuck them in to see how they grew, Ill be "rescaping" sometime this week for sure. Im suprised at how much they are growing, and turning a pink/red. I think I may add a 9 watt actinic or some blue leds (I have a ton of random led stuff) to balance out the yellow.
I did my first water change yesterday and the first algae scrub. I have Xp1 that Im going to run soon as the two plus is hideous (but was free basically)
Even though its thrown together I love the way it looks.







SOrry for the horrid pics, they have a much more green tinge in person, definatley needs some balance though.

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I trimmed my BG plants today and planted the cuttings. Ive been repressing the urge to fiddle with things, and gave way.
My initial goals were to simply see how the plants would do with minimal interaction and so far it seems that they are doing great. Now that Ive seen that I can at least get them to grow Im going to start up grading a bit. the next phase will hopefully resemble:

A more sealed Co2 system, I still need an approprate diffuser.....and need an airtight seal which I cannot get on the current setup, so Im grabbing an ro/di canister that Ill be converting to the yeast/sugar method. Once I get the time Ill be throwing on a "real" Co2 system with a controller and what nots.

I still havent pulled my canisters out of storage, when I do ill be running a reno xp with 4 outlets. The plus two is too focused as far as output flow I believe.

Anyone have anysuggestions/comments>? I know it is a boring type of tank, but I think it will pan out well until I can hunker down and create my new money pit.....
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