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my first 10g planted tank....on a budget

this is my first planted tank besides my 40g (that my cichlids like digging up the plants so i cant have anything too nice) and i am new to the forum and saw some things i never seen before so i thought id give a planted tank with community fish a chance.. id appreciate any advice.. the tank is a 10g from walmart i took the top plastic off because it looks alot better and i have 2 lamps with 65k 13watt lights. like the title says im on a budget so i just have a cheap filter and no fancy lights with black sand.. i also have excel and the tabs.. let me know if you think this is a good start...i just realized im horrible and getting a picture of how it really looks
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Looks good. All my suggestions are aesthetic so just take them for what you will:

The drift wood looks good overall, but I'd take out the little piece in the foreground. Either move it back or take it out completely.

I'd clamp both lights to the back wall, symetrically spaced several inches apart. It will look less obstructive that way versus having them on the sides.

And paint your back black!

Nice start.

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The scape with that sand looks a lot like a jurassic oil pit with dino bones sticking out (especially that back left piece). I like it!

Any ideas on plants at this point?


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Looks like your off to a great start.

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
One non planted tanks. 75 gallon.
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The scape with that sand looks a lot like a jurassic oil pit with dino bones sticking out (especially that back left piece). I like it!
I thought the same thing!!!
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You should rename this thread the La Brea Biotope.

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thanks for all the comments and suggestions, i did move the front piece back a little and stuck it down more. so you can see about two inches of it and its like an inch high, il have pics when i get my plants in ( hopefully tomorrow) and for the plants so far im having some anubias nana, java fern, dwarf hg , and im going to make a carpet with slate rock and some xmass moss, any advice on where you think the plants should go would be great, i wanna get more plants too i just dont know what??? also for the lights i dont think my roomate would let me drill into the wall..
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i got the plants in it looks like the weather got the anubias but im sure thely get their color back in a few days, the hair grass was very limited, and i made three little carpets with the xmass moss.. im not to happy about how it looks but i think when it grows in itl look better, any advice? also on additional plants?
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im also thinking of covering the "finger" looking piece up front with moss so it wont look so awkward
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i cant get the water to stop being cloudy now
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could it be bacteria boom since it is new tank? I kind of had it for couple days when setting up mine last month.
by the way, could you elaborate on how you removed the rim? rimless tank looks much better and I would love to do it on mine.

10 gallon Walmart tank, DIY CO2, HOB filter (sponge and ceramic ball) and coralife T5 (2x14W normal output). Dwarf hairgrass, rosetta sword, anubias and Brazilian pennywort. And that gree dust algae that I can never truly get rid off
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thats what im thinking it is but shouldnt that have gona away its been over a week.. and its really easy to remove the rim. just get a razor and stick it up between the plastic and glass on both sides. then pull it off, but not to hard or the glass could brake, then for the next hour use the razor to scrape the remaining silicone off... and i will get some updated pics of the tank when my water clears up, the hg is started to fill in, but the anubias did not survive shipping
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Any updates on this tank? I'd like to see how everything turned out. I'm new to this forum and am getting into the planted tank look. So far I only have java moss in there because I don't want to get plants that will just waste away in there haha. Is excel aquarium soil you put under your sand?
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