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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.

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I would question Rummies in a 10 gal. They are fairly small, so that is not the issue, but they really like room to run. I had 3 in a 55g and they just raced from one end to the other all day long..... so cute! I have never had them in a small tank, so they might be fine, but personally I would probably stay with the cardinals.

Sounds like you are well on your way to a great tank!

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Hey Mark...welcome
Fist of all HC = Hemianthus callitrichoides
It is a foreground plant. It looks like you have your heart set on glosso.

I agree with TAF CAF on the rummies. They are sensitive and like room. I would stick with the Cardinals or go with regular neons. If you want more of something, pick a nano fish. Look here

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...st-v1-0-a.html

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Of course, a colony of Cherry shrimp would be great, too!

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true! Or amanos and nanofish
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Two more gallons to go....

Definately going to have a little population of shrimp. Forgot to mention that. I have about 10-15 ghost shrimp in my 29G planted tank at home and they're fun to watch. Surprising that all of them have survived with my Tiger Barbs. I want to try a few Cherries or Amanos in this tank.

Looks like I might have to rethink the Rummies. Too bad because I really like them. Never looked much into them until I read about them here and saw them on sale at a LFS. Perhaps in another tank. I'll start with Cardinals/Neons and shrimp for now.

My lighting fixture has a weird bulb that is half 10,000K and half Actinic. I think it looks funny, but it will have to do for now until I buy a different "daylight" bulb.

Is the 40W of CF light I have over this 10G considered a good amount of light? I know it's 4WPG, but it doesn't seem the same as the 110W I have over my 29G.
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I think it is okay.... but I don't know much.... I do know that the rules of watts per gallon breaks down when you are in a smaller tank or a really big ones, so I think it is just a matter of trying it out.

I am sure someone here has a 10g and can give you some guidance on the light requirements.

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I think it is okay.... but I don't know much.... I do know that the rules of watts per gallon breaks down when you are in a smaller tank or a really big ones, so I think it is just a matter of trying it out.

I am sure someone here has a 10g and can give you some guidance on the light requirements.
i have a 40W CF satellite fixture over my 10 gallon and it works great. the only thing you Need to do is add CO2 unless you want mega algae--

also, the actinic half of that bulb doesnt do anyhting for plants, so technically you only have 20 watts of plant usuable like over that tank, 2 WPG. change it out for a dual daylight (6500 K, 10,000 K)

(product number:CD-16956) Aquarium Lighting: Current Compact Fluorescent Square Pin Bulbs

available other places too

Eheim Pimpin 225



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