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Okay so I'm setting up my second tank which will be a 10 gallon high-tech setup and I have a few questions.

Here is my setup:
Standard 10 gallon aquarium
Eco-Complete substrate
AquaClear 20 HOB
18" Finnex Ray 2
50w Fluval Heater
Paintball tank CO2 diffusing into the bottom of the filter as such: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=104645
I plan on ordering a drop checker as well

Stocking Plan:
6 Celestial Pearl Danios
2 Otos
Maybe a few cherry shrimp

So if you guys don't mind me picking your brains, I was looking for some ideas/suggestions.

I definite want to grow some HC, but I'm kind of at a loss for what other plants will do well with high light... I found a hundred lists of low light plants, but can't seem to find a list of plants that like high lighting. The hardscape is gonna be simple with rock only, no driftwood. I don't want a jungle, just a few accent plants.

Also, how about ferts? I know seachem makes a series of fertilizers, but I've also read some about dry ferts but don't really have any experience with it. I have a 75 gallon planted with low/med light that I use Flourish and Flourish excel and everything seems to grow fine, but I know I have to get a little bit more detailed in a higher light tank.

So, anyone see any immediate problems, or have any pertinent suggestions for me? This is my first adventure in high lighting and would appreciate any info or tips.

Thanks!
 

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Okay so I'm setting up my second tank which will be a 10 gallon high-tech setup and I have a few questions.

Here is my setup:
Standard 10 gallon aquarium
Eco-Complete substrate
AquaClear 20 HOB
18" Finnex Ray 2
50w Fluval Heater
Paintball tank CO2 diffusing into the bottom of the filter as such: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=104645
I plan on ordering a drop checker as well

Stocking Plan:
6 Celestial Pearl Danios
2 Otos
Maybe a few cherry shrimp

So if you guys don't mind me picking your brains, I was looking for some ideas/suggestions.

I definite want to grow some HC, but I'm kind of at a loss for what other plants will do well with high light... I found a hundred lists of low light plants, but can't seem to find a list of plants that like high lighting. The hardscape is gonna be simple with rock only, no driftwood. I don't want a jungle, just a few accent plants.

Also, how about ferts? I know seachem makes a series of fertilizers, but I've also read some about dry ferts but don't really have any experience with it. I have a 75 gallon planted with low/med light that I use Flourish and Flourish excel and everything seems to grow fine, but I know I have to get a little bit more detailed in a higher light tank.

So, anyone see any immediate problems, or have any pertinent suggestions for me? This is my first adventure in high lighting and would appreciate any info or tips.

Thanks!
All plants do well under high light, but as long as you have enough nutrients and are providing them with co2. Have you ever thought about having a dirted tank? Having dirt as a substrate will save you a lot of money from purchasing eco complete, and you won't have to worry about constantly fertilizing. Below is a page of plants that are high light demanding. I advise to try growing some Rotala Macandra :D

http://www.tropica.com/dk/planter/de-rigtige-planter/advanced.aspx
 

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Otis need to be in groups larger than just 2 and they need ~20/30 gallons of water to keep them happy because they are so sensitive. I suggest you swap them out for Pygmy Cories if you want a catfish or snails if you want them to control algae.
 

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All plants do well under high light, but as long as you have enough nutrients and are providing them with co2. Have you ever thought about having a dirted tank? Having dirt as a substrate will save you a lot of money from purchasing eco complete, and you won't have to worry about constantly fertilizing. Below is a page of plants that are high light demanding. I advise to try growing some Rotala Macandra

http://www.tropica.com/dk/planter/de.../advanced.aspx
I've heard good things about a dirted tank, but I actually had the Eco-Complete sitting around because I ordered too much for my other tank. And the Rotala... great idea I've never seen it before but its pretty much exactly what I was looking for to add some red to the tank. Hoping I can find it somewhere, I may put a call out to my local fish society... I know I haven't seen it around anywhere for sale in any of my LFS.

Otis need to be in groups larger than just 2 and they need ~20/30 gallons of water to keep them happy because they are so sensitive. I suggest you swap them out for Pygmy Cories if you want a catfish or snails if you want them to control algae.
Hmm well they were definitely going to be my algae control in the tank... I have some in my 75 gallon and they do a superb job. I like them because they clean algae off the leaves as well as the tank, but I guess I will just try it without them because I'm not a big fan of snails.
 
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