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post #1 of 2 Old 10-30-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Back at it and I have a few Q's

Hi all, I am getting back into freshwater tanks after going Salty for a while. I love my reef tank, but I will be moving to an apartment soon and I will not have the space for all of the saltwater equipment. I have had a freshwater planted tank before, but I switched to saltwater and now I need a little refresher on freshwater. Here's the rundown:

I will be purchasing a 20 long tank and the ideas for it are pretty open. What would you guys recommend for a 20 long. Heavily planted or Cichlids? If I were to go planted, how much flow should I shoot for in the tank? How much light? I don't like the look of the really heavily lit tanks because they are too bright, but I don't want to go to basic with the setup and limit myself on plant choices. If I were to go planted, I would want tetras. How many could fit comfortably into a 20 long? Would a 29 gallon be a better option or is the height a waste?

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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post #2 of 2 Old 10-31-2012, 07:04 PM
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Rather than repeat much of it, I am suggesting you have a read of my series "A Basic Approach to the
Natural Planted Aquarium" [4 parts] that is stickied at the head of the Aquarium Plants section. That will get you started anyway.

On the 29g vs 20g long, get the 29g. The extra volume will come in handy.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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