Setting up a 10G at work (right now)
I'm getting tired of walking 150 meters down the hallway with a one gallon jug to fill this tank so I thought I would take a break and post/introduce myself, etc.
So hi. I'm Mark. 26 year old in Texas. Been reading/admiring planted tanks for a couple years. Attempted my first high-tech tank about a year ago which ended in a cyanobacteria disaster (I could not accept the need to ADD nitrates. I learned my lesson).
About 6 weeks ago I re-setup a 29 gallon high-tech tank. This time with more knowledge and unlearning. Everything is going great.
So of course now I need a tank in my office and that is what I am working on at the moment. Over the last few weeks I have been gathering parts for this ten gallon tank. I have a "Satellite" 40-watt PC lighting fixture which I like a lot. An AquaClear 20. And a DIY CO2 with a "ladder" type difuser/disolver/reactor/whatever.
For substrate I decided to do the layering thing. Just a sprinking of peat moss on the bottom, covered with pure laterite, then about 10lbs of this nice dark "deep river" style aquarium gravel. I spent the most time looking for a top-layer gravel I liked, but settled for this. I wanted something rock-like and not sand, but I wish this gravel were just a little finer grained.
As I said the water is going in the tank now. I am surprised that the peat and laterite and not clouding the water, but I'm using the "plate trick" and it's crystal clear with 5 gallons. 5 gallons to go...
My weakest area of knowledge is with the actual plant species. I don't even know what "HC" is that I see talked about so often. I have been looking through the plant specied database on here and I've got my heart set on having a carpet of "Glosso." Also considering Hydrocotyl Leuceophala (Brazillian Pennywort) or Cardamine Lyrata. Some Cryptocoryne Aponogetifolia and Anubias Barteri 'Petite' (Petite Nana). Still working on this as I am going to let it "cook" while I gather plants.
Finally I want to stock the tank with Rummy-nosed Tetras and Cardinal Tetras mainly. I've never kept either of these species before.
Anyway breaktime is over. Time to start lugging water again. Next purchase will be a 5 gallon bucket for sure. Please offer any feedback to my setup and plans if you see anything worth noting.