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post #1 of 4 Old 07-19-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas please

Im still attempting to make up my mind what to have in a 45g tank. I change my mind quite frequently as to how to do it. Any ideas are welcome as to substrate, colors, plants (live only) and what to stock it with.

Its a 48 x 18 x 12 45g ( rectangle)
Water perameters are ph 7.2 kh 10 gh 16

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-20-2012, 12:17 PM
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Many fishkeepers use sand as a substrate. At present I use Seachems Flourite gravel but I would not recommend it. It cannot be cleaned like other types of gravel or sand. Once you pick your substrate, (black is prefered by many) then a piece of driftwood will add a nice touch. Then some plants like swords or giant hygrophila for the background. Anubias would look good in the foreground and maybe a few moss balls. In my tank ( a 75 gallon) I use to have two midground plants but they hid the background plants too much and I took them out. I added a few large rocks to take their place along with some white river rock. Put in as many plants as you can based on their growth habits but not as many that may make your tank look more like a jungle unless thats what you want. The giant hygrophila is well known as a nitrate buster and I can attest to that.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-20-2012, 12:32 PM
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I assume that's 16 dGH? That's pretty hard water, I would go with hard water fish. Platty, Guppy, Endlers, or Mollies. With these, either go all male, or prepare for fry, they are very prolific like mice.

African Lake cichlids also are hard water, but you wouldn't get your live plants as most will tear them apart.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-20-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your input. I already have 2 setups both of the same volume and was looking to do something diferent with the 3rd. Tank 1 is all black gravel with live plants and some sumatran driftwood in. Stocking wise is neon tetra, crs and assasin snails. Tank 2 is a mixture of black graveal and sand ( profile pic) heavily planted with congo tetra, peppered corys, rummynose tetra, gbn pleco, and crs.

All are doing very well and plants are booming.

As i said i would like to do something different, iv thought of cichilids but not sure of them

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