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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-16-2008, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Noob advice for Planted 10Gal

I'm sure most of you veterns are tired of us asking these questions, but I've been looking around the site for some time now and I've learned a lot but I'm still confused on what plants work well in a 10gal tank. Here is my plan for the tank setup and I'm asking for plant/aqua scape recommendations.

10Gal tank
Fluorite Substrate
2 small pieces of driftwood
20gal HOB filter
Satellite single bulb fixture 40watt
Some type of CO2 (DIY or Red Sea like system)

Life -- Not sure yet, but some shrimp and community fish

I tend to like aqua scape examples where there is a center point of interest (driftwood) then the plants go out from it. I would also like to keep most of the plants sized for this small tank. I would also like plants that are hardy, colorful and take a medium amount of maintenance.

Please help me out...Thanks Jeff
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Hi Jeff,

Welcome to the forum. What exactly are you asking? Are you asking for suggestions for plants?

Depending on what you want to keep, your plant choices may change. At least in my experience, mixing shrimp with regular sized community fish is not a good idea as the fish will devour the shrimp or force them into hiding so you'll never see them.

As far as plants, you'll need to decide whether you want a carpet plant. I personally love carpet plants as they give a fuller appearance. With 40W over your 10G, it's a LOT of light, so you'll be able to grow carpet plants easily. I also like rotala indicia and different mosses. Depending on what you mean by "medium" maintenance, you may be in for a surprise. You have a lot of light, which will require a constant source of CO2 and ferts (you'll need to get some.. dry ferts preferrably). Most of the plants will grow fairly quickly and will need weekly trimming.

Also, with a HOB filter, you'll need to cover the "waterfall" part with a sponge to reduce the water agitation to prevent outgasing the CO2 you put in.

Maybe you could provide some more information as to what kind of fish/shrimp you're thinking of. What kind of plants you like, etc.
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Thanks for the response...

I am mostly looking for Plant advice but any advice is great...

I'm good with the weekly maintenance...I'm used to that now with my other tanks. I'm even OK with some daily maintenance, just don't want it to get too crazy.

As I'm perusing the forum I've been writing down various plants that I like, but it's not really clear whether or not some of the plants are easily kept. To start out with I want some hardy plants, then work up to the more difficult varities.

I haven't puchased the light yet, just on my list to purchase...There isn't many choices for the 10gal for 20" lights...if you have any recommendations please let me know.

When you talk about carpet plants, I'm assuming you mean low growing plants that spread and yes i would be interested...

thanks again for you help...Jeff
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Any advice? Thanks!
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I have a similar setup, and here are the plants that live in my tank:
- small swords (sold as bleheri, which I think refers to the original one)
- Ludwigia repens
- brazilian pennywort
- Crypt. lutea
- Anubias nana 'petite'
- some java moss in the corners
- frogbit and red roof floaters on the surface

At a little over 4 watts/gallon and with DIY CO2, Excel, Flourite, and ferts (Flourish), the plants basically exploded in my tank. Plant growth stops being fun when you can't see any water anymore. Especially pennywort is a gorgeous plant; it grows in any light towards the best light in the tank. Once on the surface, it floats. Beautiful, but without constant pruning, things can get a little chaotic.

For me, the floaters have helped. They grow very fast and take some of the light and nutrients away. I find this the easiest way to control plant growth.

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Aquarist_Fist...Thank You!!! Exactly what I was looking for...

Do you have any pics of your tank?
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