10 Gallon Planted Tank - Runsoncoffee's 1st Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by RunsOnCoffee, Apr 17, 2019 at 12:50 PM.

  1. RunsOnCoffeeNew MemberMember

    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:

    - 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. :)
  2. GiulWell Known MemberMember

    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

  3. RunsOnCoffeeNew MemberMember

    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. :)
  4. Colleen BWell Known MemberMember

    I actually didn't do the dry start method! that was my plan but I ended up using monte carlo
  5. GiulWell Known MemberMember

    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!
  6. imbaWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  7. RunsOnCoffeeNew MemberMember

    Hardscaping... just a picture today. Time for family movie pizza night. :)20190419_165222.jpg
  8. GiulWell Known MemberMember

    I like this a lot more than what you had before! I’m excited to see plants in there too
  9. RunsOnCoffeeNew MemberMember

    Me too. Especially the towel wasn't the best substrate...

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