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those are fertilizers. you will need to dose ferts...i guess the 30 watt bulbs are doing ok since you are growing the hygro. some plants might do better with better light. how long is the tank? niko can hook you up with a badass idea for very good light for cheap on a 10G tank. i am making a guess that your tank is 20" long. if thats true you can use a single 23" bulb that is 24W and its T5HO bulbs. slap a good reflector on that and you can grow lots of stuff. this may not be the best option for you but if you have trouble with plants like glosso or other light demanding plants then you might want to think about it if you want to grow those types of plants. also, diy co2 should work well for a tank that size.

okay, sorry i went off on lights but back to ferts. macros that we dose are N, P, K. alot of people use dry ferts because they are cheap but for a small tank you can use liquids like seachems line of ferts for cheap. plants need macros! micros aka traces are other elements that we dose and i dont know what they all are but iron is in there for sure. same as macros, there are dry and liquid form ferts. bottom line, if you want healthy plants in the long run then you gotta dose and use good light and co2. except if you are like crownman and can grow anything with just low tech setup. never mind that for now, soon enough you will know what i mean.

welcome to APC and hopefully you will attend the next meeting. you can get alot of info there if some of your questions dont get answered here.
 

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what you put in the water will dictate the ammount of filtration needed. if the elite is used for diffusion, it really doesnt do much filtration. the sponge is taken out of the filter and put on the output of the filter...you see what i mean if you read through the thread on that diffusor.

for a 10G, a sponge filter works...what about a small hob filter, just make sure water level is high enough so it doesnt agitate the water too crazy. again, depends on your bioload...
 
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