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Old 08-29-2011, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I thought I'd post some pics of my first ever aquarium. It started on the last day of school last year when I my youngest son brought home a single Danio Zebra from his first grade class. Well, I couldn't leave it in the small cup and I have always wanted an aquarium so we went and bought a small 10g tank and some basic white gravel substrate from Petsmart. After letting it cycle for a few days I tossed the little guy in and he looked so alone! You know what happened next. After the trip to Petsmart we had 6 Zebras and 6 Guppies. I now had alot more plans for this tank and BAM, here is where the wife stepped in with a stern foot. Blah Blah "it was the boys tank not mine!" she said. Hah, this backfired on her and after alot of research online at D/FWfishbox and APC and a bit of advice from members off to Petsmart and Dallas North Aquarium I went. I had a basic plan for a 10gallon tank (MY tank heh). So I ended up with..
10g tank, Fluval 88 CO2 system, CaribSea Floramax, Marineland Singlebright LED, Marineland 100 Biowheel filter and a few plants!
Here is the setup in progress..





I wasn't sure what fish I wanted yet so after 2 weeks I just bought some Gold Apple Snails



I wasn't sure where to go from here and was lost but I wanted some color and thought that shrimp would be fun also so after another trip to DNA I came home with 8 Neon Tetras, 6 Amanos, and 4 otocinclus affinis. I also aquired some baby tears for the foreground from WRabbit and a small anubias nana from Tex Gal at my first DFWAPC meeting a month later. Sad part is I immediately lost 3 Amanos and 3 oto cats when I put them in. After researching it may have been from adding to much bioload so quickly to a small tank.
The amazon swords are taking off!




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Hope everyone likes my baby tank I'm having a blast. Now to start setting up my new 55g and the wife's 40g Breeder.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not happy with how the moneywort (Bacopa monnieri) on the rear left of the tank is doing at all. Its growing tall and pretty fast but the bottom has virtually no leaves. I continue to trim them and replant the trimming but they don't seem to be putting out many leaves at all. Everything else seems to be growing great! Also, when do you guys trim your baby tears? I did trim them a few times and then replant the trimming but I was just wondering how tall everyone lets theirs get.
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Great little tank! I'm quite fond of the smaller tanks such as the 10g. I feel like it's a great space to work worth -- not too big and not too small.

I think a driftwood piece with crazy branches and roots might flow better the plants you have in there now; sorta like an Amazon River Basin type theme or something. Or maybe angling your current driftwood in a clever way upward (to take up some of the vertical space maybe?) with some river stones sprinkled in here and there.

Overall I'm loving the tank though! How do you like the little fluval CO2 system? Are you using Seachem Excel at all? Also, I'd love to see some close-up shots of the fauna!

Looks great!
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Edit: Whoops! I double posted by accident xD
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The Fluval system is okay for smaller tanks and newbies like myself but the refill co2 canisters are way too expensive! I am dosing Florish Comprehensive and Florish Trace, no excel yet. I'll try to post some morepics when I get home from work tonight. I appreciate the kind words man!
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Hey anytime brotha! Yeah I figured the canisters would be ridiculously expensive. I saw refills of three at my LFS for like 20 bucks. If you want any help with a DIY CO2 system send me a pm, I'd be more than happy to help!
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Yeah I figured the canisters would be ridiculously expensive. I saw refills of three at my LFS for like 20 bucks.
Three for 20? More like 1 canister is about 20, 3 pack is closer to 50. At least thats the price at Dallas North Aquarium.
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Pressurized CO2 is the way to go. You said you’re looking into setting up your 55g then you will most likely invest in a 5 or 10# bottle down the road. Why wait? There are so many issues I have had with using the DIY co2 that I am glad I got my system when I did. Good luck and the tank is looking amazing.
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Three for 20? More like 1 canister is about 20, 3 pack is closer to 50. At least thats the price at Dallas North Aquarium.
try this tony. get a air gun adapter. but make sure it for 88g.

http://www.rap4.com/paintball/os/88g...r-tank-adapter

with that you can adapt c02 paint ball cylinders to your c02 setup, and that should save you some money..
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Oh hell! Thanks for the link Joey! I'm gonna buy one of those during the next pay period because as luck would have it, I bought a Rage 24 oz CO2 tank from DDA off of Fishbox. Do you think that would work okay Joey?
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