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substrate- river sand
lighting- 48 watts compact fluorescent screw in (i think 6700k)
tank- aga 10 gallon
co2- diy with "powerhead" diffuser
flora- dwarf hairgrass, hc
fauna- none, yet
filtration- no idea what its called
i just set this up the other day, i used 4 "pots" of hair grass and the equivalent of 2 "pots" of hc, i tried to plant these in very small "clumps" tweezers help! planting took about 1.5 hours and filling the tank took about 2, i didnt want to wash away the sand and have the hc come floating to the top
i am not sure what kind of ferts to use, i dose iron every once in a while, recommendations would be great Name:  unplanted.jpg
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heres some planted shots
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Can't wait to see it fill in! I'd suggest looking into dry ferts. You'll need good ferts and co2 to prevent a big algae bloom with that much lighting. Honestly, it might be a good idea to add a bunch of fast growing stems to start with, to help prevent algae from taking over. You can read more about ferts/cycling/planted tank stuff at Rex's site rexgrigg.com Just a thought. Good luck!

PS Is that HC? You have it labelled as mc, but it looks like Hemianthus Callitrichoides from the pics

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haha my bad will change it from mc to hc, haha hammertime... bad joke i know

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oh, and when the hairgrass gets well rooted and established, i will trim it to get better horizontal growth, though im not sure i need it as it is in most of the spots i want it, just needs to be a little thicker

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Can't wait to see it fill in! I'd suggest looking into dry ferts. You'll need good ferts and co2 to prevent a big algae bloom with that much lighting. Honestly, it might be a good idea to add a bunch of fast growing stems to start with, to help prevent algae from taking over. You can read more about ferts/cycling/planted tank stuff at Rex's site rexgrigg.com Just a thought. Good luck!

PS Is that HC? You have it labelled as mc, but it looks like Hemianthus Callitrichoides from the pics
oh, and in about a week ill add a few cherries, i have a ton and the filter was already "half mature" and when i cleaned the tank out before i set it up like this, i left all of the poop/ sludge in it, i just took out the rocks, so cycling should be ok in a week

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i wanted to try embedding from photobucket, so heres another angle

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It looks great. Really digging that rock, too.
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good to know the rock is good, i have had it for a long time and i didnt know if it would work or not

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Tanks looks great, can't wait to see it filled in!
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ok, i added 5 cherries today, i know algae is inevitable so i figured why not get a head start on it, hopefully they wont pull up any hc, they havent so far and its been about 6 hours. im kinda thinking that i should have turned my rock some counter clockwise to give it more depth, but is half burried in sand and i dont wanna mess up my plants, maybe later when they have more rootmass and will stay planted better

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Be careful with that hair grass invading your HC patches.


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im kinda thinking that i should have turned my rock some counter clockwise to give it more depth, but is half burried in sand and i dont wanna mess up my plants, maybe later when they have more rootmass and will stay planted better
God idea, did you mention how many gallons the tank is?


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