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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-07-2011, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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First Planted Tank! Low tech 10g ***UPDATED 2/9/2012**

So after a period of lurking and few post seeking advice, I've finally come up with an aquascape I'm not too embarrassed by to share. Tank has been running in one form or another since early september. Here are the stats:

Tank: Petsmart 10g
Filter: Aqueon HOB
Lighting: Two Aqueon 50/50 10w mini CFL bulbs in a standard Petsmart hood
Substrate: Super Natural's natural aquarium substrate
Hardscape: Local collected stones and Malaysian driftwood
Ferts: root tabs, cheap liquid micro/macro, no co2
Flora: Vals and ludwigia Repens
Fauna: neon tetra x4, harlequin rasboras x5 , ammano shrimp x2, apple snai, assassin snail, cpo

Below are some photos. Keep in mind the driftwood is stilled leeching tannins(despite two boilings!) causing the tea coloration of the water. Water changes should correct this but it kind of has a cool effect. Please offer any suggestions or advice especially regarding more plant selections. Excited to hear what you all think.
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awsome!


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Nice start! Most people suggest either using only rocks or driftwood, though... I don't think the conglomerates compliment that nice piece of wood very well. And the cut off branch looks kinda odd.. maybe you could tilt it so it looks a bit more natural?
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I think the tank is lovely! Simplicity at its finest!

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Thanks for the comments. I believe I agree with you on the stones. I'll trying pulling them out when I do a water change tonight to reduce the tannins. Any suggestions on plants? I want it to have a very natural, jungle like look.
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Perhaps get a foreground carpet plant if you're looking for the jungle look?
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I am certainly thinking about some type of carpet in the foreground but honestly I'm a little intimidated as most carpeting plants seem to require heavy ferts and co2. Any suggestions for something that is fairly hardy but still achieves that grassy carpet look?
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Update

Did a 40% water change and took the opportunity to remove the stones and shift the driftwood. I feel like it looks much more natural. The wood is still leeching but I'm hoping a few more WCs will have it clear by the weekend. I'm still looking for plant suggestions.
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You could do Dwarf Hairgrass. It is a low to medium light plant.

I also suggest Java Ferns, Anubias, and Crypt Wendtii.



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Looks Great so far.
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I love the way this tank looks, that driftwood flows very nicely and a good set of fish in there too, keep up the good work! I agree with java fern and Anubias... anubias is a slow grower, a leaf a month, but it has such a great shape and color... I have a red wendtii that after it melted in my tank grew back and is one of my healthiest planst and sits way off in the corner... same with the anubias, so light should not be a problem for them
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Update!

So I've done a little rescaping as well as added several new plants. Big shout outs to ashes2ashes and geniusdudekiran, two fellow South Carolinians who have really hooked me with shrimp and plants. Both are great s&s sellers and I would strongly reccomend checking out the next sale either of them has.

New plants inclued a bolbitis fern, unknown baby crypt(thanks ash), dwarf sag, and nesaea red. The vals and red ludwigia seem to be taking off and everything is starting to fill in and come together. I also started dosing excel last night so I look for that to help. I'm thinking about changing out some of the fish if anyone has any suggestions.

Next project is to get the 2.5 shrimp tank looking better so I can show off my CRS(thanks kiran) and Bee Shrimp(thanks ash).

Please let me know what you think.

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looks great!!!


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oh and try pygmy chain sword, you dont need Co2 but root tabs will help.


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So it's been a while and a lot has changed with this tank so I thought I'd post a quick update. The CPO went to Nashville to live with my little brother as he was getting a little too agressive. I think his tank has really hit its stride, these pictures follow a major trim.
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