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10 gallon rimless office tank

I setup a 10 gallon tank at my office and figured i'd start my very first journal This is only my second planted tank and i wanted to try a "iwagumi" style tank since my 38 gallon is a jungle. To tell you the truth i basically ripped off this tanks design since i liked it http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...08/passage.jpg
A quick summary is listed below followed by some progress pics and details. Feedback is appreciated!

Tank: standard 10 gallon de-rimmed
Lighting: DIY suspended https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...ded-light.html
Substrate: AS I powder
Filtration: Eheim 2213 with knockoff lily pipes
CO2: DIY yeast with knockoff ceramic diffuser
Dosing: EI
Flora: HC, Blyxa japonica
Fauna: Otos, Rasbora maculatus, Amano shrimp (to come), CRS (to come)

Here is a shot of the guts of the DIY light. Two 27w Hampton Bay lights. I have since made new end pieces with a smaller diameter.


I started with the HC emersed but that lasted only 2 or 3 weeks since i got impatient.


Here it is right after i filled it. I have the spraybar on because the first glass outflow i got aimed towards the substrate too much. The new one blows "out" more instead of down.


About a week and a half and many big water changes later i added 3 otos.


Here is the new knockoff lily pipe at work. This one flows "out" across the tank much better.


The diffuser at work and the CO2 bubble in a nice vortex


Then yesterday a received 20 Boraras maculatus. This are quick little buggers, but definately cool fish.


And here we are today. A full tank shot and one showing my work area with the tank.



Amanos should be here next week and CRS probably in a month or so. Let me have it people!
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Wow once that HC fills in I think it will look quite nice.
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I really love the understated rocks, you'll have to be pretty religious about trimming the HC so they don't get swallowed up, but once that carpet gets going it'll looke amazing.

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is that a standard glass tank that you ripped the rim off of? be very careful with that. in a small tank it's ok as there's not that much water pressure, but the larger the tank, the more chance for catastrophic failure. that silicone sealant isn't made to handle that pressure on it's own. but as long as it stays together that's a purty tank.
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Your diy lighting looks nice!!


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Thanks for the compliments everybody! No signs of stress on the tank without the plastic rim. Several people have done it with success but i'm keeping a close eye on it.
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time for my weekly update

Tried to get a pic of the fish but they sure are quick


Added 4 amano shrimp yesterday


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Overall i'm pretty happy with the progression. I'll probably hack back the blyxa on Monday since it's getting pretty tall. So far no algae other than the stuff you see in the amano pic above. The HC seems to be spreading nicely, too.
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Looks great! I love those micro! If I didn't have my tiger endler I would get a bunch of those guys!

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Very nice. You may have to prune / replant that blyxa soon to keep it from overshadowing the HC.


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Thanks guys (and girls)! That's the plan for Monday during the water change. I think each original piece of blyxa has split so i'll probably plant the new pieces and put the old in the SnS.
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Updates! Tore out all the blyxa a week ago and replanted. Also added 6 CRS towards the end of teh week. Now all this tank has to do is fill in and it will be pretty much complete. Shots are from today.

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Looks good, nice job on the DIY lighting looks pretty damn good , it's going to be a bit strong IMO but hey it'll yield results.


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Great layout..this trimless tank looks great.....
Wait for couple months, the HC will cover all the ground..
Your shrimp will be really happy stay there...
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Now that's an office that I'd want to be stuck in the whole day

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Looks good, nice job on the DIY lighting looks pretty damn good , it's going to be a bit strong IMO but hey it'll yield results.
I think it's just the right amount. 54 watts seems like a lot for a 10 gallon but they aren't very efficient due to restrike, distance from the tank, etc. If pearling is any indication, then the lights on my 38 gallon at home are even stronger. However, once the HC fills in i will probably raise the light an inch or two to slow growth down and reduce the algae on the rocks. After a successful experiment at home I am also going to reduce my N dosing on my next mix of Macros to reduce algae.

I did come in today to find 2 dead amanos. I lost one last week, also. I had mixed a new batch of DIY CO2 yesterday and it was higher than normal, but the fish and CRS were acting perfectly normal. Kind of strange since Amanos are exceptionally hardy in my experience.
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