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Starting a 10 gallon, need advice

I'm starting a 10 gallon, fairly low tech planted tank, and need some advice from people with experience on what equipment and combination's worked the best. I won't be doing CO2, but I will be dosing flourish excel. I want to do T5 lighting and I am looking at a T5 aqualight 24" with 2 14 watt bulbs, or maybe a NOVA Extreme 24" 2x24 watt.

For soil I was looking at eco complete or ADA soil. An employee at a LFS told me that eco complete lost a lot of it's nutrients pretty early and that ADA was better for long term plant growth.

If you could tell me your experience or opinion with these products I would appreciate it!
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If you don't want to add C02, avoid the NOVA fixture...the 28 watt fixture is a much better choice for a low tech tank.

I use ADA (original) Aquasoil in all of my tanks, and recommend it highly

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Thanks Larry. I was thinking the same thing about the light, I've read a lot of threads about higher light requiring CO2. How many hours for the photoperiod with a 28 W? I guess it will depend on the plants and their necessities. But on average maybe 10 hours?
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For anyone with experience with 10 gallon tanks, would the 3 or the 9 liter bag of ADA soil work the best to make a proper level of soil in the aquarium?
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Of course no thread is complete without some photos. I don't have the light or the soil yet, but I did collect some plants from a local river here in Texas. I'm not sure what some of them are, but hopefully they'll survive until the light and soil gets here. Currently the tank is under a 65 watt grow lamp to sustain it for now.
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Closer look at the plants

Some moss??

These are a nice red/crimson color. Not sure what they are

Some baby tears I bought
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Some moss??

These are a nice red/crimson color. Not sure what they are
The first picture is Riccia, and the next picture is Ludwigia Repens.

As for your lighting, I would go with the 2x14 watt if you're not going to be injecting any CO2. The light should be on for 8-12 hours.

For my 10 gallon, I bought 2 bags of 3 liters of Aquasoil. So you can either do that, or get the 9 liter If you get the 9 liter, you'll have a bit extra left over and you can maybe start a smaller tank with it.

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Thanks for the info. If I decide to do a DIY CO2 system having lower light won't be detrimental will it?
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That shouldn't be a problem, considering that the CO2 produced from DIY systems isn't much. Just make sure that you're also dosing some ferts a bit.

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Awesome, thanks for the advice. I bought a piece of branch driftwood from a LFS in Austin and collected some more from the same river I collected the plants from. Here's a picture of those. Not sure how I am going to arrange them in the tank or how short I will cut them. If anyone has pictures of branch wood in their nano to give me some ideas/inspiration I would also appreciate that.
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What species do people usually use in the foreground of their tanks to make a nice plant mat, the baby tears or the dwarf baby tears? And what's the exact difference between the two?
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A 23W CFL or two would work fine, and there won't be extra space on the edges.


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What species do people usually use in the foreground of their tanks to make a nice plant mat, the baby tears or the dwarf baby tears? And what's the exact difference between the two?
Baby tears' leaves are bigger than Dwarf Baby Tears, and it will grow bigger. Dwarf Baby Tears will stay low to the carpet, if they have enough CO2 and ferts.

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what are your personal preferences between the 2?
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I replaced the gravel with ADA soil today (Amazonia II) and added some driftwood and planted the baby tears. Right now they are growing emersed but I'm wondering if I should just fill it up and make it immersed. Any opinions from people who have had experience with immersed/emersed?
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