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Dueling ten gallons

My buddy and I started these ten gallons within a few days of each other with the intentions of having similar livestock and competing with each other over whose tank looks better.
I'll start with his tank,
Plain gravel, started with an old crappy filter, but upgraded~ish to an aqueon 20,diy co2, little ferts, started with 2x 26w spiral compacts, but one went out.

His tank started off going strong, with a bronze wentdii crypt, some hairgrass, and marsilea. He had 8 CPDs, 5 cherry shrimp, an Oto, and a Columbian Zebra Pleco( they go by a few other names i know), all was well for about a month.
And then set in what i'm pretty sure is cyanobacteria, green-blue slime EVERYWHERE!
It, or whatever caused it, killed off all 8 CPDs, and all 5 shrimp. The zebra was moved to his 40 breeder, and once the cyano started receding, he added a clown pleco and 2 honey gouramis. To help eat up nutrients, he threw in some windelov java fern, hygrophilia sp, and a nymphoides sp.
The tank is coming along nicely now, the cyano is still covering everything, but it doesn't spread as fast now, and everything is growing just fine. I'll have to get some more recent pics, but here's the basic idea.




Now my tank.
I started with tahitian moon sand with crushed up pond fertilizer tabs in "strategic" locations.
Lighting is a 26 watt 65k spiral compact and 15w i think, strip light off a 20 high.
same aqueon 20 filter as his tank, Diy Co2, Guestimated index fertilizing with powdered ferts.

I went with emerald rasboras i beleive they're called, and some brown-rust colored shrimp, an Oto, and a stray dwarf puffer, who is gonna be moved soon.
I started with rotala wallichi,crypt lutea (or lucens i have both), and slowly gathered stuff. Added another crypt, hygrophilia kompact, java fern, crypt parva, and dwarf sag. i believe.









I ended up pulling out one of the crypts and the rotala wallichi.


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too much light IMO
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too much light IMO
I agree, algae is starting to take over. You have over 2k lumens on that small 10 gallon, either reduce the on time or downgrade the 26 watter to a 13 watter.


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over 40 watts of T8/PC, on a 10 gallon, without pressurized CO2 = algae.
fortunately its an easy fix. tone down the light (reduce wattage, reduce photoperiod, increase the distance between the light and tank, use a shade cloth, whatever), or up the CO2.

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The 26w is about 3" off the tank, i knew it was gonna be high light, but the 26w spiral is not enough spread alone.Diy co2 is running strong, and plants are growing well. I just planted some telenthera i think, once that roots in i'll start fine tuning the nutrients and light to try and get the upper hand on the algae. I don't mind it too much as long as my plants are happy and i can see them.

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