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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Starting a 10g planted tank need some help.

Im looking to convert my 10g fish (six guppy) tank into a planted tank. The two main plants I would like to grow are Anacharis and Hornwort that would be used to feed my turtle. Heres the set-up I have in mind:

Tank current 10g fish tank

Heater current 50w heater

Filter current DIY canister filter with foam pad, carbon pad, and ceramic ring.
Should I remove any of the current filter media for a planted tank?

Fish current guppies I have

Substrate Eco-Complete

Plants Anacharis and Hornwort
Looking for suggestion on other plant that would work well with this setup, if any.

Dcor a piece of driftwood
Looking for a plant that can grow on this that would look nice and also be a nice hiding place for fry.

Lighting - Would a clamp on lamp like http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752571 and a light bulb like http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5650616 work as lighting?

Nutrients & CO2 Are these needed in my set-up?

Thats all I have for my set-up. Let me know if Im missing any detail. Im open to all suggestion and advice.

Thanks, Tony
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 04:23 PM
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with hornwort and anacharis, those are very quick growing easy plants to grow.
So nutrients are optional if you want quicker growth.
With that lighting you should be fine.
With your planted tank, you can remove the carbon pad as it is unneccessary, the rest is fine to keep.
Otherwise guppy poo should be enough to grow your plants quickly.


For the driftwood, you can try java moss and once it grows out, it makes great cover for fry.
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I love this thread! I've been searching all over for one like this... I have a 10g with 6 guppies in it. It currently has just gravel, and a basic hanging filter.

I'm looking for the best way to do this.

Options:
-Buy a new 10g and plant it, cycle the tank, then transfer the guppies after matching the water as best as possible.

I haven't figured out if co2 is needed for this our not. The theme i'm going for are small plants to give the illusion that the tank is much bigger. Sorry I don't know all the technical names for the plants, im new to this. I'd be more detailed but I have to run. Any suggestions on filters, lights ect would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks in advance... Goodluck with your tank by the way...
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