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New planted 10 gallon

Hi there
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I've just started up a 10 gallon planted tank.
I got a 10 gallon kit from WalMart. It came with an in tank filter, and a lid with LED lights.

Then i got some of this special planted tank gravel thats supposed to have special minerals and bacteria in it for starting up a planted tank. It comes in water.

I got a few plants including one already attached to driftwood.

10- Neon Tetras
3- Rummy Nose tetras
1 -Endler male
1- Cory Cat
1- UFO loach

Got the heater and used established filter media from my other tank.
Its been a week and it seems to be doing quite well. No bacterial blooms or ich and everyone is eating and seems healthy. Including the plants.

Now what?!
Do i clean a planted tank the same way?
Do i use a siphon and gravel vac with water changes?
Do i need to keep the LED lights on for a certain amount of time?
Do i need to fertilize the plants or do the fish do that?

Needless to say, a planted tank is uncharted territory. I hope I'm doing it right. Or sort of right. Or right'ish
I put a picture for any constructive criticism or input.

I'm not new to fish keeping. But I am super new to aquatic plants of any sort.
I'm used to large, bulldozer fish like this guy that wreck everything in the tank so plants have been out of the question.
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really? 99 views and not-a-one reply? ok
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I'm fairly new to the hobby as well so someone correct me if I'm wrong.

- You can just clean the tank about same way as far as I know. It's what I've been doing and it's worked alright so far. On occasion I'll use a turkey baster to kick up some of the stuff that settled so the filter can grab it.
- A siphon and gravel vac can be used for water changes and does make it easier but you can use other methods if you prefer (i.e. scooping water out with a bucket).
- How long you keep your light on varies. I keep mine on for 10 hours with no problems but others will keep it on for 8 or 12. Whatever works best for your tank and doesn't cause an algae bloom should be fine.
- I don't think extra fertilizers will be necessary for the plants that I can see in your picture. They all look like low demanding plants to me.

Again, someone correct me if I'm wrong. I'd love to learn more about the hobby as well
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New planted 10 gallon

^ chouldent have said better myself ! Tank looks good! What is that huge fish? Oh and welcome to the fourms!

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