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10g Blyxa Tank.. Torn down :(

My 10g is heading in a new direction..

Tank: 10g
Lighting: 28watts (might add another 14w)
Filtration: AC 30 (thinking of changing)
Co2: 3.5L DIY
Ferts: Seachem line
Substrate: 2" SMS --- 1" Regular black gravel
Decor: Stones picked up at a near by bay


Heres what it looked like say... 4 hours ago



And this is what I am working on at the moment
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While tank was empty I planted the Dwarf Hairgrass...



Time to filler up....



So far im VERY HAPPY with the look.
Next week im supposed to be getting some HC. So will make that the foreground plant. And will probably put Rotala rotundifolia in the back right corner...
Until that day.............................

Let me know if you got any suggestions


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What kind of gravel is it? Looks like the epoxy coated stuff I used to use. IMO before filter or light change, I would spend on substrate for a planted tank. I think the lights and filters you have are good already. Lots of good dark/black plant substrates only 20-30 bucks for a 10g tank.
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hey looks very nice to me.keep us updated when you get those plants
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Thanks fishy

Spirit: I was about to get flourite but it being sold in 15lb bags i wouldve needed alot more. (used about 22lbs here) At the moment I seriously cant spend any more money on fish tank stuff considering school expenses arent so good. But ill see what i can do.

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Try something underneath the epoxy coated gravel might help..?
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I think plain gravel would work well. Just keep up with fertilization and you will be fine


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Yeah, one thing that may be a problem is the plants may have difficulty rooting, as in my previous incarnation of my 2.5g my hygro couldn't root properly in my 2.5g so it never grew. It just grew tiny leaves floating.
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Try something underneath the epoxy coated gravel might help..?
me being such a broke a** i went ahead and asked on the S&S if someone has any spare 10lbs or so of sms or flourite they can spare.. will see how that goes. If anything can try those root tabs just to help the plants establish a faster root structure.


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I think plain gravel would work well. Just keep up with fertilization and you will be fine
Yup prior to this i had many plants growing in plain gravel and once the tank was established the plants were doing fine.

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Yeah, one thing that may be a problem is the plants may have difficulty rooting, as in my previous incarnation of my 2.5g my hygro couldn't root properly in my 2.5g so it never grew. It just grew tiny leaves floating.
Hygro? really? out of all the plants i have a green hygro and it tends to grow like a weed. One stem producing 10 more baby stems without a problem in regular substrate.


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Well i'm using normal substrate too, cept much finer particles, now it's growling like a weed lol.
Love the stuff.
But it works for you.
You're not the only cheap bum.
I'm poor as heck, no job.
I begged someone else to buy my substrate for me!
So you asking for sms or fluorite isn't that bad lol.
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Isnt it great how many people are broke and have aquariums :p

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I love using plain gravel. It doesnt cost much.


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funny James, i think its the hobby that makes one broke lol


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Hahaha yes lol. Although I was broke long before it xD


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As was I.
Back in summer when i started my tank I was alright in terms of funds but i got fired haha.
Shame no funds, i just made a canopy for my 2.5 out of a shoebox : P.
Anywho expect it to be taken down, gonn a borrow cousins 10gal canopy lolol.
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lol viet funny.. I have done plenty of diy's to save a few bucks, from diy decorations, to diy canopy which also gave me a great advantage on lighting.


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i got my friend to buy me a bulb splitter.
If you see my lighting fixture, it's infact something i mooched off my cousins because i found it in his basement LOL.
If i get some wood i might use it + the Y splitter i got and make a decent lightign fixture out of it : D.
But sicne i'm lazy gonna buy cousins 10gal canopy for my 2.5g lol.
DIY is pretty fun, except i'm lackign materials half the time!
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