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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,
I'm new to this forum.
After having turtles in a 55 gallon for a while I recently changed it over to a planted fish tank. Later I saw a 10 gallon calling my name (they are so cheap )

Just starting out with the 10 gallon:


The wood is from a local lake, when I cut the base flat it all came apart. So it is siliconed back into place attached to a flat rock. Gravel is Eco Complete with peat moss under it. Filter is a Aqua Clear 20 with the carbon pack removed, replaced with another media pack. Heater is a Visi-Therm Stealth 50W. The hood is homemade with two 15W and two 25W daylight bulbs:

The reflector is pieces of mirror, but Just yesterday I ordered a 1x36W kit from A H supply.

It has only been set up for about a few days, just a couple guppies and snails. I plan for a few oto's, pair of albino cories, some Cherry shrimp, and some small group (school) of something else.

Besides the plants in there now I have Glosso and Riccia coming for the foreground. Any ideas for background pants??? I would like to get it filled before adding the fish. And I would like most of the back wall filled with plants, except for the filter intake area.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-23-2006, 11:55 PM
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You will love the 36w kit over a 10g. I certainly do with mine. I think you'll like the Aqua Clear 20 as well. It's nice being able to put 3 different types of media in there and also control the flow. I have one on one of my 10 too.

Only thing I don't like, it grows algae faster than my plants! Within a few days two sides of my tank are nearly completely green. Just transferred a few Otos to help.

Let us know how you like the kit. Be sure to get before/after pics to let others see the difference (I'll post mine tomorrow).
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Maybe Rotala sp. "Green" for the background? Stick with small leaved plants, they are your buddy.

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I'm happy with the light my home made rig puts out, but it does get pretty hot. So much that the water temp goes past the top. I think they get hot because the starter/ballast is built in. So I'll see how the AH kit does.

Also my hood goes down over the tank by about 1/2", so to feed the fish I need the remove the whole hood. (not fun) Next hood will be better.

Another lighting question. Do you guys put anything between the water and bulb? I was thinking anything clear would get gunked up and need cleaned a lot.

Rolata look good, I will have to search for some "green"

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if i where you i would look into cobomba for plants always grew awsome in my 10g with the normal one flourencent strip light.

the wood looks awsome. its just calling for a little bit of moss here and there!

as for something on top... i was thinking about getting glass for my 55g and 10g just to reduce evaporation. just remember to cut out enough room for the water return on your filter -.-

i have a 10g and its one of my favorite tanks ever! its awsome! demensions own


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Cobomba was a plant I was watching over at E-bay.

I wanted the moss on the wood, it was on a couple rocks with a net. I just tied some to the wood with black thread (I hope it stays). I'll take pics when the water clears.

I'm still a plant newbie.
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Still more (a lot) plants to add, but here I put some moss on the wood and spread out the grass a bit:

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Also now the lighting is with a 1x36 AH kit. I gutted a old hood I had and mounted it in there, made some short legs out of Plexiglas to hold it out of the water.

As for light I can't really tell a difference. Before I had 80 watts, but it was very hot. Now the light output looks the same and it is cool to the touch.
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looks good! i would incourage you to look in the pond where the soil came from and see if there are a lot of plants there and if so take a small bit and see how they do!

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