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I'm going to be starting a thread on the journey of my 10 gallon and 37 gallon. Been quite a ride with these 2 as I've been trying to get my 10 gallon lights & ferts figured out while also converting my 37 gallon from a piranha tank housing 9 piranhas to a fully planted dirt aquarium.

Here's some pictures of the 10 gallon and 37 gallon. I must say...I can already see the results with the dirt and boy oh boy am I ever happy I decided to go that route.
 

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Here's the current specs of both tanks

10 Gallon

Substrate- Sachem Flourite Dark
Lighting- Two CFL Spiral 13W
Filtration- Hagen Aquaclear Mini
Species- 8 Cardinal Tetras, 1 Siamese Algae Eater (Confirmed Species), 1 Male Fancy Tail Guppy, 1 Female Grey/Baby Blue Guppy, 1 Female Red Guppy
Plants- Dwarf Hairgrass, Alternanthera Reineckii Var. 'Rosefolia', Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green, MoneyWort, Elodea Canadensis, Rotala Magenta.
CO2- DIY Sugar/Yeast Mix
Diffuser- Bubble Ladder
Fertilizers SeaPora Plant Food Supplement, Sera Root Tabs

37 Gallon

Substrate- MGOPS + Sand
Lighting- Coralife T5HO Dual Bulb Fixture, 10,000k + Colormax
Filtration- Marineland Penguin Power Filter - 200B
Species- 20 Rosy Red Minnows (Testing before putting expensive fish)
Plants- Amazon Sword, Cabomba, Dwarf Hairgrass, Alternanthera Reineckii Var. 'Rosefolia', Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green, MoneyWort, Elodea Canadensis, Java Moss.
 

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It's not recommended but I raised them as a group from when they were less than an inch big so they were very tolerant with each other. Normally if you just bought a couple RBP's here and a couple there and then put them together, they'd end up killing each other. I ended up putting them in a 90 Gallon as I felt so bad for them all squished up in the 37, but mind you they were in a 20 Gallon before hand :eek: All ranged in size from 4.5" to 6". Definitely a fish the women actually dig ;)

By the way.. I wouldn't recommend getting them. It's a joyful thing at first and definitely awesome to watch them rip apart whatever you throw in the tank, but I guarantee after the first month if not sooner they'll lose their "hype" and you will want to get rid of them. They were fun, but I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
 

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Managed to get a bunch of new plants, around 18 different species in this tank now. Box is at the top because of babies or else i would have removed for the picture lol.
 

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I haven't done an updated in quite some time and since then much has changed so I figured this is long overdue.

I moved during Christmas so I had the opportunity to completely re-do my tank and save my plants from the terrible anaerobic conditions of my amateur dirted tank.

Here's the current specs of my tank.

Lighting
- Lights turn on at 12:00 and turn off at 7:00pm
- 30" Coralife T5HO Dual Bulb Fixture with 6700k and Colormax
- 24-36" Marineland Plant L.E.D

Pressurized CO2
- 10LB Aluminum CO2 Cylinder with handle (Thanks Greg :))
- Praxair Prostar 212 Dual Stage Chrome-Plated Forged Brass Body, Five-Port Configuration, 316L Stainless Steel Diaphragm Regulator
- Parker H3L Metering Valve
- Fabco Solenoid
- A.I Bubble Counter
- Fluval Ceramic Disc Diffuser (Will eventually upgrade to in-line)

Filtration
- Marineland C220 Canister Filter

Heater
- Marineland 150 Watt Fully Submersible heater

Substrate
- Everyone has their own view/opinion on substrate and layering, I have specific plants in which require very specific needs which is why I have my substrate done in such a manner.
- Seachem Fluorite Dark (Outer Wall)
- Seachem Fluorite Red (Mixed with MTS mix + on top of and underneath MTS mix)
- Seachem Fluorite Black Sand X 2
- Aragonite sand
- Natural clay
- Mineralized Top Soil (MTS) Soaked and dried for 6 weeks, mineralized with natural clay from the badlands as well as other additives.

Fertilizers
- Seachem Flourish Potassium
- Seachem Flourish Phosphorus
- Seachem Flourish Nitrogen
- Seachem Flourish Trace
- Seachem Flourish Iron

Fauna
- Hypseleotris compressa (Empire Gudgeon) X 2 males and 1 female.

Flora
- Crinum Calamistratum
- Rotala Rotundifolia
- Dwarf Hairgass
- Alternanthera Reineckii Var. 'Roseafolia' Mini
- Staurogyne Repens
- Cryptocoryne Tonkinensis
- Cryptocoryne Nurii Pahang 'Mutated'
- Cryptocoryne Cordata 'Rosanervig'
- Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
- Anubias Nana Petite
- Rotala Vietnam
- Glossostigma Elatinoides (transitioning from emersed to submersed)

I'm excited to see how it grows out with exception for the dying gloss :( all suggestions and advice is welcome :) Sorry for the cell phone quality picture of the fish, I'll take a better picture of them when the lights are on and they are coloured up.
 

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Heres some updated pictures, I'm really loving the growth under these LED's as well as finally reaping the benefits of pressurized CO2. Enjoy :)
 

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Very nice! What's the plant in the last picture?

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I originally bought it as dwarf hair grass but others have ID'd it as e.tenellus, it gets nice red tips under high light which looks nice.
 

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What a beautiful tank !!

I wish I had the knowledge, money, and dedication to pull off something nearly as nice !

I bow down to you PlantMan !
 

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What a beautiful tank !!

I wish I had the knowledge, money, and dedication to pull off something nearly as nice !

I bow down to you PlantMan !
Thanks HOWsMom, trust me when I say it's been a long journey but with time and a bit of effort we can all achieve something we always wanted.

I think I like it better in a group like you have it then as a carpet. My juncas repens has similar colour and leaf shape but is larger.
Thanks, It's been really hard so far to manage keeping it in a small group and stop it from carpeting. Usually twice a week I'll have to go in there and pull up the runners which spread over in all directions. I've actually thought about taking it out and letting the micro sword fill in but I'm not entirely sure yet.
 

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Wow your empire gudgeon looks so amazing :eek:
Thanks :D Here is a video of them when I first setup my planted tank after I moved.

When I see my plants in that video and then I look at the pictures now the growth just shocks me lol :D:cool:
 

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Emersed Plants

Picked up a couple new products recently and have been experimenting with difference substrates, here are some of the results. The Cryptocoryne Sp. Affinis is my absolute favourite, the bullate leaves look amazing in real life :D

Not everything is labeled yet but the majority are.
 

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