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First off, hello to everyone here on this forum! I this tank (10g) will be my first real attempt at a planted tank.I have have 10g filter and 50w heater and the substrate is flourite. For plants I have:Anubias Congensis, Java Moss, Java Fern and another plant that i cant remeber the name of but it starts with a "m" and its long lol. I also have two new cherry shrimp. I will be adding Zoo Med Power Sweep 214 Powerhead and Plant Gro Co2 Natural System(hagen)next week. Are these good choices? im just looking for a good start.Also what would you recomend for ferts?sorry if the pics dont work, and if the pics suck lol



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Just make sure that Microsoreum on the left, and near the driftwood for the matter, isn't planted in the substrate or it will rot away. Same goes for the Anubias' rhizome.

Watch for algae too, considering it is a fairly new set up and you don't have too many stems in their. If you do start to notice some, reduce the photoperiod until you get some stems. Other than that, you're onto a good start.


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Don't bother with the hagen CO2 thing. Yeast, sugar and water in a 2L bottle will produce CO2, then you just need a way to diffuse it.
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Is that tank sitting on an MDF bookshelf? I see peg holes there. If so, I doubt it will stay up for long. I've had similar shelves crash just with books.

Nice simple start with the tank, nice way to learn.

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thanks again, this shelf its sitting on dopesnt us pegs but the rest of them do. what would be a good way to defuse the co2 into the water?
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Air stone?

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
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should i put that into the fliter or just into the water by itself?
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The hagen co2 is an overkill for a low light low tech setup. I would suggest excel for now. If you plan to go high tech later on, getting a pressurized co2 would be a good investment.

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You can use your Power Sweep as a CO2 diffuser. Just feed the tubing from your DIY setup straight into the intake of the intake of the powerhead. Nice start! Are you planning to add other plants? That will help you prevent a lot of algae down the road.


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thanks! im gonna get that stuff this weekend. I am going to add some kind of ground plant and some more shrimp I have a little bit of hair algea growth does that mean i have too much lighting?
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What light is over this tank?





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Umm im not really sure cant remeber the wattage but seems to be working as my plants are growing well and there doesnt seem to bee tooo much algea just a few strands
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