07-23-2010, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyD44
aquascaping is half the fun of setting up a new tank!!!
don't be scared of setting up a planted tank! it's really quite simple and is awesome to watch a tank progress as it fills in and the plants take shape.
first things first, draft up a plant list, see what you like...put together a list of plants you would like to see on here, people on here are willing to help.
then I would draw up a "floor plan" so to speak and arrange the plants on paper to avoid the stress of re-rooting several times once the plants go in.
i would read byron's 4 part thread on in our planted section, it goes into great detail about setting up a low-tech, low-maintenance planted tank.....
before you do any of that though, pick up 5-6 more corrie cat fish.they are schooling fish and need to be in groups of atleast 6, you may want to consider picking up some more hardier fish to help keep the bio-load in check.
I definitely plan on rounding out the cory population - I had more in there foolishly using them to cycle the tank (thank you petco :/) only one survived... the tank is FINALLY cycled now and I'm working on a fish plan that includes more cories - I love them they crack me up!!
as for plants - I'm not really sure why it scares me but I'm sure once I plant the first one I'll be over the fear - but I have a serious black thumb when it comes to any other kind of plants (except philodendron haaa) I don't suppose there is an aquatic version of a philodendron? hehehe
anyway... I was at the fishy store today and the butt weasle working there (who's been there for like 20 years) sold me two plants... I came home and looked them up and everything I read says they aren't true aquatic plants and should be avoided - so now I'm kinda pissed!! they weren't terribly expensive ($4 for the two of them) but still!! now I don't really know what to do with them
he called them green hedge and cherry hedge - they're pretty enough but if they're gonna be a problem I'd really rather not bother putting them in there :/
I wish I would have had a chance to read this before I went to the store... but I didn't actually intend to buy plants today - I shoulda stuck with my plan - grrrrrrrrrrrrr
I like your idea of mapping it all out... I would do that with my yard so why not my fish tank :)