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Hello guys! This has been one project that took quite a lot of time, but since now that I have something close to being what is called a tank I'll start a journal. :icon_smil

Tank: 10 Gallon
Filter: Top Fin 10
Substrate: Eco-Complete
CO2: DIY Yeast into the intake of an internal filter
Rocks: Zebra Rock
Plants: Hairgrass & HC
Inhabitants: Red Cherry Shrimp (as of currently)



[Tank after I put the rocks in. Water was pretty cloudy]


[My friend Luis gave me a whole bunch of hairgrass and I was able to plant them in the back as the background plants. I haven't trimmed or pruned them because I wanted to give them a chance to grow before I tried to trim. Thanks Luis!
Also, the plants floating up top are rotala rotundifolia. The store owner of the fish store I went to said that it would help absorb the excess nutrients in the tank to reduce algae. ]


[Red cherry shrimps were also provided by Luis! One of them is for sure berried and I can't wait for them to come out and fill up my tank!]

That's all I have for now. I hope you guys can provide me some suggestions on what I should do and ideas on how I can limit the amount of algae I get. Please feel free to give me any suggestions whatsoever!

This hobby is pretty expensive! The project is still incomplete and I have no money left. :icon_redf But I love it so I will try my very best to make it a nice place for my plants to grow and the creatures in it to live.

Thanks guys!
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DUDU


I'm so happy you were finally able to set this up. I know it took a long time for me and you to finally meet up. Look at your with all your knowledge. :) You make me so proud. keke.

Yeah I can't see the pictures either. I'm so excited to see how this will turn out. I miss you and love you! duli
 

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The zebra rock looks great. My only tiny suggestion is to position this rock a little differently.



I just feel like it's kind of in an awkward position, but it's really is completely up to you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

It will probably take a bit for the hair grass to get acclimated but once it starts to send runners it'll spread pretty fast. (like in Luis' tank)
 

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Yeah... I agree :\ It took me forever to finally decide how to position everything. The rock shaping was really hard to work with and I didn't know what to do. What do you think lili?
 

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Hmm, well I'm actually not all that great with hardscapes... but my first thought was to switch it so it's facing the other way, but now I kind of think it will throw it even more off balance.
 

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This hobby is pretty expensive!
You got that right.

You tank looks great to me. I like your rock selection and composition. I am working on a setup with zebra stone too. I am also a little bit troubled by that rick that mizu-chan indicated, but I wonder if it wouldn't look better positioned back just a little bit further. One very important point to keep in mind about aquascaping is that it is easier to get convincing results with tanks that have more depth (front-to-back). I believe that the 10-gallon might be only 10" deep. Of course it helps that it is a small tank overall so the depth isn't so bad relative the the height and length.
 

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Love the rocks. What plant is floating?

I think some Bacopa monnieri(Moneywort), would look good in there. It listed as a slow growing stem plant that is undemanding.

Also Potassium sulphate (K2SO4), approx. 1tsp per water change, would keep algae off. It is a mineral that plants need a lot of. You can get it here for $2.65 per pound with shipping of $5.75. Could ask at this forum if someone would send it to you for shipping cost. I have done so and gotten some. I would send you some but I have just enough for my tank.
 

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Update!

Hey guys! I finally was able to get some HC and I started planting. I made the mistake of removing all the of stone wool and that gave me such a hard time planting because the HC kept floating up and the roots would not be submersed. Anyways, here are some photos of the update...

Plant Water Organism Pet supply Aquatic plant

FTS.

Plant Plant community Botany Bedrock Natural landscape

The HC after being planted.

Plant Flower Terrestrial plant Bedrock Natural landscape

Just for fun, I wanted to show you guys a picture of one of my berried shrimp. Sorry for the blurriness. She kept swimming back and forth.

I forgot to mention. I am using 26 watts of compact screw in flourescent bulbs. I hope that that is enough lighting for the HC to grow in. Another thing I am afraid of is that I have some rotala rotundifolia floating on top to suck up the excess nutrients in the tank. I hope this doesn't shade the HC too much to the point where it can't grow.

I am using Eco-Complete so I am holding off on the fertilizing until about week 4.

If you guys have any comments, please feel free to share! If the lighting isn't right or something is wrong, let me know so I can fix it. :)
Oh yeah, there is 2 pots of HC in the tank as well. I purchased 5 pots but only used 3 so I am currently keeping them in there until someone else can buy them from me. :(

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I forgot to mention. I am using 26 watts of compact screw in flourescent bulbs. I hope that that is enough lighting for the HC to grow in.
The light looks strong enough. Looking at your tank makes me wish I didn't have a 29gallon tank. For it is a pain to get the proper light on a tight budget.

Another thing I am afraid of is that I have some rotala rotundifolia floating on top to suck up the excess nutrients in the tank.
Are you going to plant the rotala rotundifolia?
 

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Thanks Lindsay! :D

Hilde, I have already thrown the rotala out because it was growing out and blocking a lot of the light. Eversince I threw them away, I did notice a bit more algae. *crosses fingers* I hope I win this fight before it gets too out of hand!
 
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