New Plants!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Tank Photos' started by stashattack, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. stashattackValued MemberMember

    So I finally cracked and bought a t5HO light and some plants to go along with it and took out the plastic ones.

    I unintentionally freaked my babies out while rearranging the tank. But now I think they like the tank even more. Much more natural and more hiding spots.

    I'm very happy with it :D

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  2. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    cool plants!!! Thats a lot of light for a 10g you should get some good growth with some ferts and co2
  3. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the advice! :)


    QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    WHat light fixture is that? Could you give me the link? Is it a nova extreme?
  5. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    It's by a company called Deep Blue. It got it for $68 and it has two bulbs. I only have one in because the LFS that I got it from only had blue lights for coral that fit this light fixture. But they placed an order for me and I can pick up the second white light on Tuesday.

  6. ilikeendlersNew MemberMember

    you're going green!
    Really enjoy the pictures.
    Thanks for sharing

    Boy! Would plecos love your tank =)
  7. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    Haha, I know right? I have more algea then I know what to do with. If only it wasn't a 10g or I would get one. :p
  8. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    Actually in a 10g, Nerite snails will be your friend. Drop 1 or 2 in and give them a week, you will be SHOCKED at what them little buggers can do for ya.
  9. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    +1 pirahnah

    They will do work son!!

    And after you find a balance in your tank you won't have much algae
  10. uphill4meValued MemberMember

    Like it! And fully encourage snails and fertilizers, especially chelated iron (requires iron test kit).
    Personally, I wouldn't suggest Carbon Dioxide in a 10 gallon. Maybe increased aeration would be more appropriate? Tea Tree Oil (Melafix) makes the bubbles smaller for increased surface area.

    LOL! I gave away some larger Roman Structures like yours last week. I kept doing themes in newer tanks then returning to natural looking aquascapes after the plants filled out.
    I think can steal enough plants from other tanks without noticing that I didn't need them anymore. Still makes me smile though.
  11. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    Thanks pirahanah, I will keep that in mind after I rehome my botia, since those sails will be a tasty treat for him.

    Thanks, uphill4me. I was thinking about getting Flourish for the plants, and I use melafix with every water change along with pimafix just as preventive measures. I really like the way the structure looks with the plants so I think it's going to stay, lol.

    As small update, I've rearranged things so that they get more light, and all but one of the pants have taken in deepish roots into the substrate, so yay! the algae bloomed after I left the lights on for 3 days when I went of vacation, so I have to rub all of that off of the plants and tank -_-
  12. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    You need to get a timer and set it for a 8 hour photo period. That is a lot of light.

    What type of algae?
  13. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    It's really dark green algae on the plants and rock.

    I totally didn't think about a timer when I left. I'll dig around the house for one for the next time I travel... Which shouldn't be until the summer.
  14. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    The simple light timers work wonders I pick mine up at one of the home improvement stores for $5 or less regularly.

    When going on vacation and you dont have a timer or someone to visit the tanks a couple times a day its best to leave the lights off for the duration.
  15. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    I just didn't want the plants to die in that time.

    I live at home with my parents (poor college student) but since it's my tank, they don't touch it.

    I know there is a timer somewhere around this house that is free, if not i'll go to home depot or a best buy to find one and pick one up.
  16. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    How long do you leave the lights on?
  17. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    A posted before, 3 days. I was away and my parents don't touch the tank.
  18. tpasser2

    tpasser2Valued MemberMember

    I agree that the timers work really well for hood lights. I use it daily now even when I'm around and it is better for your fish too because they will get on a more natural cycle if the time is consistent.
  19. OP

    stashattackValued MemberMember

    Yes, I like the sound of that. I just need to find one. THe only problem is that if I do only have the lights on for 8 hours, is that I probably wouldn't be home when the lights go off for a second feeding. Would the fish be up for eating if the lights are off.

    I have a fairly active social life, which doesn't get me home until around 8 each night. My practice and school schedule is kind of crazy.
  20. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    I meant how many hours a day do you leave the lights on when you are home?

    Never mind you answered. Lol

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