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planning 10g planted

i'm planning a 10g planted tank, and i need your help.

the tank is 17" x 13.5" x 13". i need suggestion for the types of light (bulbs or strips) and wattage.

for background plants, i want to have 3 types of fast growing plants (like water sprite or water wisteria). i will prune once a week. for middle plants, i want average growing plants, preferbly 4 types of plants. for foreground, i want slow/low growing plants, preferbly rosette or similar (like Eleocharis parvula). does anyone have any suggestion for the types and number of plants? if possible, give me links from aquaspot world. thanks. however, keep in mind there will be no CO2 added. i will be following seachem sugested dosing chart other than the buffers. there would probably be 5 ottos too. also, i want all the plants to be rooted to the substrate, not floating or attached to rocks/driftwood.

the filter would be the tom aquatic mini canister filter i have on hand, used to be used on my 20g brackish, but has been replaced by a bigger one lately.

substrate would be seachem fluorite.

plan of the tank:

dark green is background plants, light green is middle plants, yellow is foreground plant, and red is driftwood leaning against the back aquarium wall. i would probably use black background.

my vision is to have those those lush green, really nice tanks.

i would be ordering the plants from my lfs.

thanks!
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Check the nano tanks section...there are a lot of 10 gallons. As for your plant choice, it seems ok. Water sprite gets really bushy really quickly, and the bottom of it will become leafless and full of roots after a little bit because of the bush on top. I take it out, cut the bottoms off and replant every once in awhile because of how big it gets. Hemianthus is great, you'll be fine with your plant selection, none of them get to be too large that pruning can't handle (read amazon swords...).

As for lighting, I use a simple incandescent fixture with 2 23W bulbs (compact fluorescents...the spiral bulbs), and a 14W Power-glo fluorescent tube to offset the slightly yellow look. The CFs are the most economical way to light your tank well.

Good luck.

Adam
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