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Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Woodsman27, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Woodsman27

    Woodsman27Valued MemberMember

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    Hey so I'm putting together a 10 gallon low tech today but I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything because I have never really had a planted tank before....

    I have:
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    • Glass lid
    • Light (finned planted+ 24/7)
    • Sponge filter
    • Air pump
    • Rock(s)
    • Driftwood
    I'm still have to get:
    • Black (imaginarium) sand
    • Plants
    • Fish
    • Fertilizer/root tabs (depending on plants)
    Am I missing anything??
     
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    Water ;) just kidding....Looks like you got it all covered. Pics very encouraged when it's all set up!!
     
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    Have you got a net ? Heater? Background (optional).
     
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    Good catch with the heater but seeing the OP appears to live in Florida it may not be necessary.
     
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    I see, how about tweezers or special scissors? For the planting.
     
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    Background! That's the thing I was forgetting! Omg thank you, I knew there was something... lol I have a net, and like @kallililly1973 mentioned I dont use a heater because I'm in south florida.

    Dont worry I'll post pics!

    Thanks!

    Yep, got 'em!

    Ok so... as it turns out I didnt waterlog my driftwood so I have that soaking in an old kitty litter bucket as of about 2 hours ago. I have cleaned the the tank and lid with 50% water and 50% white vinegar that I put in a spray bottle, then rinsed and dried with a microfiber towel. I setup the sponge filter, measuring all the air line and installed a check valve. Then I just put the dragon rock, (I think that's what it's called, I cant remember the actual name) where i would like it. I know i want at least one amazon sword, some red ludwigia, java fern, dwarf hair grass, and anubius... but I'll have to wait and see what the lfs has. I'll probably go tomorrow if the wood isnt floating still. We will see!

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    So we'll see what this driftwood does over night but does anyone have any tips on placement? Like plants and driftwood? I ask because I'm better at making things symmetrical but when it comes to this I'm lost lol!
     
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    Nice
     
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    The driftwood has landed :)
     
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    It's not a prize winner, but I'm happy with it.

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    That looks really nice actually, very realistic. Well done.
     
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    Just thought I'd post an update:



    Well, 3 of my 5 plants melted :(

    I was however, able to save the Amazon sword and anubius. I added root tabs near both both a few days ago and they are doing well. I also started a fish in cycle. I was going to do fishless... but my parents talked me into getting fish so I got 5 black skirt tettras.

    Fish are doing well. They know when feeding time is, which is good, but theres the one in the back that is the only male (I think) but I have yet to see him eat..

    I was also able to get a refund for my melted plants, which I thought was very impressive!

    All in all it still looks good imo. I may add some ludwigia Repens on the right tho.

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    Man what a good way to put it. This happened to me this week as I was putting together my 6 gallon fluval build. Such a good feeling to see that driftwood sunk haha!
     
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    You may need a check value on the tubing in between the filter and pump so water can't run back into the pump during an power outage, or just raise the pump higher than the water level
     
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    Ill second that...you did a nice job. Looks natural and like a place fish would be happy.
     
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    Thank you so much! :) so far they do seem happy, all swimming around and through the plants and wood lol they're really fun to watch, and my parents like them too!
     
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