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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Revamping 10 gallon

Hi, my name is Robyn and I live in Northern BC, Canada. This is my first planeted tank and I set it up last spring. Over the last 2 months school has been grinding me down, I haven't had the time to do the renovations this tank needs. I have made some mistakes when setting the tank up that I would like to correct over winter break. These are my major problems and how I plan to solve them.

1.Substrate: When I setup I included almost 7 inches of it half of which is sand and the other half clay. I am planning to mix some of the clay with some pond soil and cover it with inert gravel ranging from 1-3mm in size.
2.Ph: The sand I used was not inert and buffered the Ph up to 8.5. The new sand is inert, there is a piece of drift wood in there now and i am going to start injecting CO2.
3.Alage: I have no cleaning fish other than snails who like my plants more than any of the alage. I bought some new plant while in Vancouver (8 hour drive to nearest good pet store) I bought some anuabis, java moss and java fern to add. Tomorrow I'll also start the CO2 up.

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I think we can all feel your pain as far as not being able to start out how you want/not having enough time. I would go pressurized if you can afford it, it simplifies things alot.

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I completed the renovations on the tank today. This is what the new scape looks like.

and its position in the room.

The absence of fish is due to my anticipations with disturbing the tank to the point it might cycle again. So until the I check the levels of amonia they are going to be staying in my little 1(2?) gallon hex tank.

The soon inhabitants, 4 little honey gouramis
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off topic, but is that a budda bong? ahahhahahah
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I do live in Canada, but alas it is a "drinking glass". You put a straw through his belly
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You're in Prince George? I lived in Fraser Lake for a few years in the 90's. I can feel your pain. When I lived up there, I had everything shipped from Vancouver. A lot of the shops down here will ship. Especially equipment. Check out and of course Big Al's. Oh, and try The hobbyists on there are pretty friendly and many of them will also ship. Heck, many of them will even give you the plants if you just pay the shipping.

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Yup, 4wheels, I am in Prince George and a member of BCAquaria. The pain is more real than ever, in the 90's there were atleast 2 or 3 locally owned pet stores that regularly stocked fish and plants(atleast that I remember I was 5 or 6). Now there are just franchises, Walmart, Petcetra and Total Pet. They all carry plants but are usually slow for any shipments and only get plants that are melting already.
Anyhow the hagen CO2 that got set up 2 days ago has started pumping out the bubbles at about 5 bubbles per minute. Anyone got an idea of what the average bubbles per minute I am gonna get? How long does the yeast take to get into full swing and when will it start to diminish in its powerful flow of CO2?
P.S. I got my new plants at King Ed's, that was a surprising experience to say the least, I liked that store alot.
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Well it's been almost two months since redoing this tank so I figured I might as well update it.
I have added a few plants, a small crytocoryne wendtii "brown" and some stalks of ludwigia glandulosa "perennis". The wendtii is in the front and the stalks of the ludwigia are small but i placed them in the back right so aren't going to be visable till they grow a little more.
The hygrophila polysperma has just been hastely trimmed to give clipping to a friend and because it was reaching alon the water surface to the other side of the tank and making quite a few dead spots.
There is quite a significant amount of tannic acid in my water from the piece of drift wood in there and it makes the crypt look rotting. oh well, water change... water change... it should go away eventually.
The lighting has also been reduced from 2X15 watt flora-glo fluorescent bulbs to one because there was no place to attach my old fixture when it got this tank got displaced to put in a 90 gallon.
Here it is.

I have also added a black background and am trying to decide if I should rearrange things as to better hide my equipment, maybe move the java fern to the rear middle and find some small plants to put up front, any recomendations?
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