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Old 07-24-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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hello everybody!

My name Jaime and I'm new to this hobby. I've always had a fascination with small ecosystems and self sustaining environments though which is the reason I'm now getting into this!

After doing lots of research I decided to buy a 10gal since I don't have a whole lot of room right now, something that'll fit on my desk.

I've been living in Alaska for the past 3.5 years serving in the army and now I'm finally getting out and going back home in about two weeks to California. I'll be on here quite a bit once I've settled back in and start up my aquarium.

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Old 07-24-2015, 10:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum! May your fish be healthy and your tanks be free of algae and snails!

Self sustaining ecosystems are pretty cool: have you looked into dirted Walstad tanks? Plants balance out the waste created by the fish, growing in soil. it's an interesting concept.
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Welcome! Glad you are here. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with your aquarium.

I don't know when I'm going to be able to do it but I just bought the Walstad book. (kindle edition).

Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise 3, Diana Louise Walstad - Amazon.com

For now I have a more traditional planted tank. All my fish and plants are from South America. Working with that limitation I imposed on myself keeps it more interesting for me. I only have one, but I both enjoy it and take it seriously.

There are so many great fish and inverts to choose from. Whatever you do, have fun with it.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:41 PM   #4
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Welcome! Aquariums are amazing, and it has taught me a lot! I'm sure that yours!
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Old 07-25-2015, 02:54 AM   #5
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Sup dude. New too. Have a 46 in my garage. Don't wanna kill any fish, and the lighting system system isn't finished. Keepin low key with two guppies and a filter. What are your plans for the 10?


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I was looking into something like that, but for right now I'm going with the traditional planted as well. I plan on doing a heavily planted side and tapering it off in the middle somewhere and having a little rock or cave for the fish to actually hide inside, still looking for the right one.

As for the stocking, 7 neon tetras, a dwarf gourami and a mystery snail is what I'm planning.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:32 AM   #7
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hello everybody!

For my cave I think ill get a few cool looking rocks together and angel it
What fish are you lookin to get?

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Old 07-25-2015, 03:33 AM   #8
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I had a small red tail shark in mine lasted for 8 months, I think it out grew the tank though 😕


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For my cave I think ill get a few cool looking rocks together and angel it
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7 Neon Tetras, a Dwarf Gourami and a Mystery snail.

Also that's what I was thinking, I don't like artificial decor, gonna go steal some slate rocks from up around here before I leave and use those to make a small hidy hole for them.
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7 Neon Tetras, a Dwarf Gourami and a Mystery snail.



Also that's what I was thinking, I don't like artificial decor, gonna go steal some slate rocks from up around here before I leave and use those to make a small hidy hole for them.

Hey man, noticed you said you're gonna get some wild rocks. Before you put them in the tank you should pour some vinegar to make sure their safe. If they fizz they can cause a no no in your tank. I would boil them also but be careful because that can lead to them exploding.
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