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The College Tank (10 Gallon)

Hey everyone, I just set up what I call The College Tank. I decided to start this tank because I want to have a tank that I can take to college with me. My other three tanks are too large to take unless I got a small apartment. Earlier this week I picked up all the supplies. I got a brand new aga 10 gallon, a nice piece of driftwood, and a small lace rock piece; I also got 3 Dicrosus filamentosus. I used gravel I already had and most of the plants I already had.

It took me two days to find the right dirt. Originally I was going to use Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil. It took me forever to find and when I did it had chicken poop in it... So I instead used regular topsoil which I have used in two other tanks with good results.


After getting the soil level and capping with gravel.


Initial fill and drain.


Final fill with most of the plants in place
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looking good so far.
you ever mineralize topsoil? it works wonders.

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Thats a really nice plate! err i mean driftwood


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looks good so far. I personally like black gravel better...more soothing on the eyes, but brown beats white
What you planning on putting in there?

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Yeah I was reading on mineralized topsoil. This guy setup identical tanks only difference was mineralized and normal topsoil substrates. He claims both had the same growth rate and everything.
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Here's some more shots..


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Yeah I was reading on mineralized topsoil. This guy setup identical tanks only difference was mineralized and normal topsoil substrates. He claims both had the same growth rate and everything.
i can believe that. mineralization breaks down the organics, this helps prevent startup algae. algal spores germinate much better in water with high organic content (new aquariums without established bacterial colonies). and many algae are polytrophic (exhibit both autotrophic and heterotrophic behavior). meaning they can eat rotting stuff just like bacteria. this gives them a huge edge over plants in a tank full of decaying soil. once mineralized, there is nothing left to decay.
you will mineralize the soil regardless. the only question is whether in you tank over the course of a month or two, or on a tarp over the course of a few days.

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i can believe that. mineralization breaks down the organics, this helps prevent startup algae. algal spores germinate much better in water with high organic content (new aquariums without established bacterial colonies). and many algae are polytrophic (exhibit both autotrophic and heterotrophic behavior). meaning they can eat rotting stuff just like bacteria. this gives them a huge edge over plants in a tank full of decaying soil. once mineralized, there is nothing left to decay.
you will mineralize the soil regardless. the only question is whether in you tank over the course of a month or two, or on a tarp over the course of a few days.
Exactly. I decided against mineralized soil because of the time it takes to make.

I added three Dicrosus filamentosus to the tank this afternoon. Other fish I might add in the future are some ottos and maybe some small schooling fish.
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That is a really sharp looking tank! Simple, effective. The driftwood is especially nice, just the right size for that tank.
I see you use the same clips I do for holding the tubing.
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what if one of those lights falls in?


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Well they pretty much explode inside the tank, lol. No, I'm either going to get a glass hood or suspend them somehow. I'm also going to change the bulbs to 6500k bulbs.
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Pics after cycle(today's pics)

The stand with my 1G planted bowl underneath

One of the Dicrosus a few hours after being put in
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So I'm trying to get a stocking list set and I want to know what I could do. This is what I was thinking 1 Dicrosus filamentosus(checkerboard), a school of 5 Corydoras pygmaeus, 3 Otocinclus, and then a school of 5 tetras/microrasboras/rainbows(the thread fin I think?). Im stuck on what school to get. I would really like something colorful, interesting, and unique.
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Get sparkling gouramis you can get quite a few of those considering the size requirement for 1 is 1 gallon. They are really cool and unique you should check'em out! they are going away from the mainstream of tetras, rasboras etc.

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Those are pretty nice. I think I might go against the dwarf cories.
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