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First pic of this journal. Running a 48 hour test of the used tank, new heater and new sunsun canister filter. Also soaking the manzanita. Going to cap MGOPM/ clay with pool filter sand. It's going to be a low tech, no Co2 with very little ferts. Going to have rasboras, neons and maybe otos.
 

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Yup. I don't miss dirt. Sand and root tabs filled up almost clear for me. A quick lesson at my expense, don't drop your vac into this substrate. If you get through the cap, all hell breaks loose.
 

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Added some java fern and 10 more rasboras. Not worried about putting fish in a new tank for these reasons:

1. All the substrate from the old 10g went into this one.
2. The Sunsun has established Fluval Biomax in it.
3. There is also an established sponge filter running.
4. The lone (over a year old) ghost shrimp hasn't died yet and seems fine.
5. Doing a 5-10 gallon water change everyday and dosing Prime.

It does need more heavy root feeders so more will be added soon. Petsmart's plant stock was hilarious.
 
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