10 Gallon Planted Tank - Runsoncoffee's 1st Tank

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Hello guys! How are y'all doing?

Since I posted in the forum for the first time, time sure has flown by. I haven't gotten as far as I would like, but I guess we are finally getting somewhere and I thought I'd post about my work in progress. I am still setting things up and trying out different rocks I've been collecting.

I encountered some hiccups along the road. The first stand I ordered arrived badly damaged. The first tank I ordered, also arrived damaged. Amazon was much more pleasant to deal with than Petco. Hence, Petco will forever have lost my business.

But now we're finally here:
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- White stand (that will eventually be replaced with something much nicer - I am not a huge fan of this stand but it will do for now).
- 10 gallon rimless tank - yes, I will get a lid cut at one of the local glass places to prevent fish suicides
- Aquaclear 30
- clean towel (no, it won't be staying in... I just didn't want to scratch the glass with the rocks)
- 2 rocks
- LED light
Not pictured: Heater (50W), freshwater master test kit, ammonia, prime, substrate (Amazonia) and some other stuff...

Plan going forward:
- Make sure nothing leaks
- Put in soil
- Play with hardscape some more (I need to find more rocks that will work with these two)
- in the meantime make sure I test my tap water
- come up with more plant ideas, and then buy them at "local" LFS 1 hour away
- start fishless cycle

Plant ideas so far:
-Vallisneria (background)
- Java Moss in between Rocks
- Anubias in front of filter
- Dwarf Hair Grass as possible carpet...
- a couple small crypts...

I know I still have to do my plants homework and still have some more stuff to do.
I was planning on starting the fishless cycle after the plants are in.

If you guys have any ideas or suggestions, especially in regards to plants, please feel free to share. I love to profit from your experiences. :)
 

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Congrats! I love reading these threads as they’re so open to possibility. Will you be injecting CO2 in the tank? The hairgrass would appreciate it but I don’t believe it’s necessary. If you’re patient you can use the dry start method to get a nice, full hairgrass carpet before filling it up. Colleen B did this for her tank and it worked out really well! Also do you know the intensity of your light? The hairgrass would benefit from a high light too.

For whatever reason I can’t grow Val’s though I desperately tried. Instead I use pearl weed as my background plant for my 10 and so far I really like it. I use Thrive as my weekly fertilizer and I highly reccomend it too
 
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I am not sure about the intensity of the light. It came with the Cobalt Aquatics Microvue 30 Kit (the tank arrived broken but I kept the light and internal filter). According to the description it's enough to grow plants... I was thinking of upgrading the light if I noticed that the plants needed something brighter. Already have one of the Finnex picked out ;-)

Probably holding off on CO2 for now. But will consider it down the road. :) Very much appreciate the input and fertilizer suggestion. We will see if I get lucky with the vals...

Can't wait to see this tank progress and come to life. :)
 

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Giul said:
Congrats! I love reading these threads as they’re so open to possibility. Will you be injecting CO2 in the tank? The hairgrass would appreciate it but I don’t believe it’s necessary. If you’re patient you can use the dry start method to get a nice, full hairgrass carpet before filling it up. Colleen B did this for her tank and it worked out really well! Also do you know the intensity of your light? The hairgrass would benefit from a high light too.

For whatever reason I can’t grow Val’s though I desperately tried. Instead I use pearl weed as my background plant for my 10 and so far I really like it. I use Thrive as my weekly fertilizer and I highly reccomend it too
I actually didn't do the dry start method! that was my plan but I ended up using monte carlo
 

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Colleen B said:
I actually didn't do the dry start method! that was my plan but I ended up using monte carlo
Ah, yes. I was just thinking of the title, I forgot you got excited and filled it

RunsOnCoffee I’m not familiar with the Cobalt light but fingers crossed that it serves you well!
 

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Great start, rimless tanks look best!
With the hair grass, it might be hard for it to carpet without CO2 and a good light. I would just plant more initially creating a more carpet look upfront.
 

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Hardscaping... just a picture today. Time for family movie pizza night.
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I like this a lot more than what you had before! I’m excited to see plants in there too
 
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Coming along slowly. Latest water testing showed that my Ph is stable at 6.4 - more acidic than I would like. KH is basically 0 and GH stable at 7 dGH. I put a tbsp of crushed coral into my filter and will see how that affects the water in a few days. I am in no rush to cycle the tank, so I can take my time figuring this out slowly.

Oh, yes, we got some anubias nana petite in there, and a bit of moss. Still waiting for my Dwarf Hair Grass to come in the mail and the new light fixture for it.
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It's absolutely gorgeous, the rocks are arranged perfectly!
 
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New light... it is really bright, so I will have to see how long my lights need to stay on/off and which brightness setting suits my needs better.
I am considering adding duck weed. But not sure about it.
At the moment I have the timer for the light set to be in for 6 hrs a day - 2 hrs in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I might cut back ok the time in the morning and add it to afternoon/early evening when the fam is home, for viewing pleasure.

Definitely considering CO2... especially with this light. Algae taking over would stink...

Opinions and suggestions welcome. :)
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RunsOnCoffee said:
New light... it is really bright, so I will have to see how long my lights need to stay on/off and which brightness setting suits my needs better.
I am considering adding duck weed. But not sure about it.
At the moment I have the timer for the light set to be in for 6 hrs a day - 2 hrs in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I might cut back ok the time in the morning and add it to afternoon/early evening when the fam is home, for viewing pleasure.

Definitely considering CO2... especially with this light. Algae taking over would stink...

Opinions and suggestions welcome.
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I like the light, but I would advise against duckweed. It literally grows like a weed but it’s so small that it’s hard to get rid of. I would do dwarf water lettuce or red root floaters instead. If your light is strong enough the red root floaters may even flower
 
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Giul said:
I like the light, but I would advise against duckweed. It literally grows like a weed but it’s so small that it’s hard to get rid of. I would do dwarf water lettuce or red root floaters instead. If your light is strong enough the red root floaters may even flower
Awesome! Thanks. I will look into them.
 
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I ran my usual water tests this morning while sipping my dark morning brew, and I am happy to report: It seems that I am cycled.
NH3: 0, NO2: 0, NO3: about 40 ppm.

I will do another 50% water change and redose ammonia to 3 ppm and see what tomorrow looks like. And then continue dosing and water changes until Sunday when I have time to pick up my CPDs from my LFS guy and nitrates are lower.

 

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