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Im pretty stoked! Been in the SW game for awhile now, reefs, swim, coral propagation,etc... but recently jumped into this!

Heres the equipment list:
Standard glass 10 gallon
Coralife 1x65w Power Compact with Current USA dual daylight 6700/10000k bulb
Hang on Aqua Clear 70 with foam, carbon, and biomedia
Red Sea Turbo Co2 bio system
Fluval surface skimmer attachment for AC70
Black Eco planted tank substrate
Petco rocks
Petco Mayan decor

Flora:
Anubis
Babys Breath?


LMK what you think, I am digging it so far!

Always open to suggestions!

DJ
 

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It looks good, and its clear that you did your research before getting into this. I love eco complete. Add a black background, and your plants (and little tiki guys) will really pop.

But, some (hopefully!) constructive comments:

I cant really tell, but make sure your anubias rhizome is not buried in your subsrate. It'll rot if it is.

You should consider taking the carbon out of your filter. It absorbs micro nutrients that the plants need. Purigen is a good alternative. Also, protein skimmers arent really necessary in freshwater tanks, but I guess it cant hurt. Just try to keep surface movement to a minimum, so that you dont out-gas your CO2.

But the primary issue here is that you have a LOT of light. You're going to need very stable CO2 if you want a balanced system. I'm not sure the Red Sea system is going to cut it. If I was you, Id either pack this thing full of plants or keep your lighting to no more than 6 or 7 hours a day. Your anubias is a slow growing, low light plant. With that lighting, you could grow plants that demand much more light.

Have you looked into a potential fertilization routine?
 

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The "baby's breath" looks like Hemianthus callichtriodes "HC"
You're probably thinking of baby tears, not baby breath.

I cant really tell, but make sure your anubias rhizome is not buried in your subsrate. It'll rot if it is.
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Anubias will grow attached to driftwood or rocks, maybe even the artifical decorations you have if they're got texture.

protein skimmers arent really necessary in freshwater tanks, but I guess it cant hurt. Just try to keep surface movement to a minimum, so that you dont out-gas your CO2.
The fluval surface skimmer isn't the same as a protein skimmer. It skims water off the surface to prevent the surface film from building up.
 

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I like the look, but you deffinetly need more plants. Perhaps you could add some amazon sword(s) to the back or java fern to the funky mayan heads.
 

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Looks good so far. I would just reiterate those points about cutting way back on light. Would you consider trying to trade or sell that fixture, or save it for another setup, and maybe shooting for something more like this instead...

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3733+9654+11382&pcatid=11382

The whole thing will look better right away if you get some more plants in there. There are many attractive low-tech plants that will grow in this tank. I would highly recommend checking out the Swap & Shop forum.

A tank background would also be beneficial for looks. You could either get some of that plastic-coated sheet from the pet store, or just carefully tape on a square of plastic trash bag.

Don't forget to post updates as you continue to work on it members here really like to see updates.
 

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I will grab a background ASAP, agree 100% on that aesthetically. As for the plants, I was told amazon swords like higher ph and due to the Co2 I should stay away?

I want grass in the substrate around the Mayan guys, and a small piece of driftwood on the other side. I am planning a taller plant back behind the large hollow Mayan to black the surface skimmer.

Oh and I HATE surface film!

Thanks for the tips guys, keep em coming, I will keep posting pics.

What do you hear about the Hydor Co2 system that uses pellet gone type Co2 cartridges?

Thanks again!
 

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Any better?


Anubis is attached to a stone loosely with a ziptie, and I added Kyoto, Umbrella plant, and wisteria?

Forgive my noobness...

I moved the light fixture forward so the anubis is in the back and getting less light. My real goal is to have some sort of grass, for now Im happy I think...

Comments?
 

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New pic, more plants, not sure of names :-(



recently the water clouded up with the addition of some tetras, any thoughts?

Thanks in advance
 

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The "baby's breath" looks alot like glosso to me. My lfs had some that look exactly like those; they were growing kinda tall.
 

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yea that fern plant in the front right is non aquatic. Did you get it at Petco or Petsmart in a tube? I don't know how these places can get away with selling them as aquatic plants. Seems like it should be illegal to me.

I got that exact plant when I started a planted tank and sure enough a month later it died. I did get wisteria in the tube and its still growing fine for me in my low tech tank.
 

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Most of it did come in tubes, I was under the impression less chance of parasitic snails from the mass produced plants. I am not liking the plant in the front either. The babys tears are actually glasso, I thinned it out and planted it.

The plants are as listed above, and the new plats I got were an amazon sword, an umbrella plant?, and the one to the right of the wisteria, which came in a tube and is growing fine.

Noone sold me these, I just went and got them, nothing seems to be dying, but if the fern thingy in the front right will, Ill just pull it now.

I did a 2 gallon water change and over the last 24 hours or so the tank cleared back up.

Im not liking the plants on the right much at all... need to go check out another store in town for other options
 

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I will grab a background ASAP, agree 100% on that aesthetically.
Easiest and cheapest background is poster board. For my 29 gallon tank I use material, which is taped onto a board and the board taped to tank. One person glued Velcro onto the back of the tank and fabric.
Oh and I HATE surface film!
Some just use a paper towel to catch the film on top.

You need to pull the old leaves off of the amazon or they will out grow the tank. Tis what someone told me.
 
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