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post #11 of 28 Old 06-12-2012, 04:07 PM
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I'd have to buy water since the system treats the whole house and that's not practical since I'm not going to buy water every time I have to do a water change. This is getting a lot more complicated than I anticipated. Starting to get frustrated. Especially since I can't even have fish until the water is cycled!

Don't get discouraged. The fish are pretty adaptable these days. If they come from a local pet store, they'll probably do fine in your tank. For breeding purposes, you'd want to provide the optimum conditions but, for a community tank, unless parameters are extreme, don't fret too much. The plants are actually more sensitive. Starting out, I'd get the toughest plants available.

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post #12 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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I put some plants in today. Not that I had much to chose from. I went with three anubias, a moss ball and an Argentine sword. Petco is the only place close and honestly, their plants are crap. I'm going to have to travel farther to get decent stuff.

As far as fish, I think I'm going with flame tetras and the dwarf cories.
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post #13 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 12:58 PM
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As far as plants go try to find some online, im sure theres members on here that can reccomend sites to you! Dont be disheartened by whats being said, as your new to the hobby over time it will all come second nature and there are so many on this forum more than happy to help with good solid information. No question you could ask would be considered daft or a waste of anyones time

Welcome to the forum and hobby and dont worry starting up is the hard part after that you will get so much enjoyment!

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post #14 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 02:10 PM
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I've had good luck with aquariumplants.com.

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post #15 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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I found a place about half an hour away that is supposed to be a nice local operation with all kinds of salt and fresh water fish and lots of plants. Headed down there now to check it out.

Also, am now considering Orange Von Rio tetras. They're so pretty and slightly unusual from what I've seen. Anyone know anything about these?
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post #16 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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So the store I went to had tons of stuff and my tank is now pretty well stocked with plants of all kinds (low light stuff.) They had an amazing selection of fish at this place. Really makes me want another tank already.
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post #17 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 04:52 PM
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Pics!!

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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post #18 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Here it is. I'm assuming the cloudiness of the water is from the beginning of the bacteria bloom.






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post #19 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 05:18 PM
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looking good

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post #20 of 28 Old 06-13-2012, 07:51 PM
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looks nice.

55 gallon planted tank, starting over!!!( looking crappy, needs a major rescape)
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