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Old 06-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #61
 
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Yeah, black substrate, driftwood, live plants (java fern, anubias, maybe some java moss)

Similar to the way they have it set up in the store, I think.

It will be my first time with live plants.
So you are going for low light plants. That is really good to start with. It seems as though you aren't planning to have too many plants though.

After getting comfortable with plants you could look into plants like Wisteria, Water Sprite, Swords and Crypts. They do well for mid ground plants. Some background plants you could do are Corkscrew Vallis, Cabomba, Hair Grasses or different kind.

Good foreground plants are Pygmy Chain Sword and Dwarf Sagittaria. Some of these will need some higher lighting. Do you know what kind of lights the tank will come with?

Live plants will make your water quality infinitely better too.

Have you thought about finding some good sized rocks to also give that natural look?
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:13 PM   #62
 
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planted tanks are definitely more rewarding i don't know if this may be too much but soil would be the way to go i got a lot of good information from this channel.
Dustinsfishtanks - YouTube
I've had a horrible experience with a dirt tank. It was a nightmare.
I do not recommend it. And yes, I followed Dustin's advice exactly.

Some people get lucky though.

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Old 06-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #63
 
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I've had a horrible experience with a dirt tank. It was a nightmare.
I do not recommend it.

Some people get lucky though.
Yeah I agree with you, soil has a lot of issues you would have to consider and deal with. Especially if it is your first time, fine gravel or sand will work great.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:44 PM   #64
 
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I ended up buying a 120 gallon tank I have it at home have ordered heaters for it, it came with single lights but I have found some cool ones on ebay. We have decided to do a 3d background rock wall and build it our selves. hope to start it soon since we can't set the aquarium up untill its done,

I did find some 3d rockwalls that can be shipped to me but they are very pricy
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #65
 
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Hello Fellow Ontarian!!
Eheim canister all the way. Had mine 15 years now on my 75 gallon. It is the work horse of filters. In a tank that size... 2 heaters. If your one heater fails...and it has happened 3 times to me in the last 1.5 years, and the temp dropped by 10 degrees and it's sitting on the main floor in my living room. Yours is going in your basement. That's total stress and a poss ich outbreak and meds and expenses. AND you know the silly thing will break down on a Sunday night!!
Good luck, post lots of pics please. Is that a Big AL's you are standing in??? Newmarket branch is the BEST!! Amazing service and support. (JMO!!)
I went to Newmarket Big Als on Friday I have been looking for golden zebra loaches and Bosemi Raiinbows for my 120 gallon tank and they had them both. Both Whitby and Vaughn haven't had them I like their fish selection plus theres a guy that works in the fish room that knows fish and is in charge
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:38 AM   #66
 
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Choosing Fish (Compatabilty)

Well, hadn't paid on the tank since June. All our money goes to camping the summer months. But now that's over and we're ready to bring it home. My Big Al's has a tent sale on Sept 21. If the tank, lights or stand are on sale we're going to pay it off that day. If not, the following Wednesday is double point day, so it'll be then.

Time to put some serious thought into fish.

I'm not going with cichlids. I find determining compatibility too difficult.

These are the fish I am considering. I would like opinions on which are compatible, and how many of each I can keep.

Bala Sharks
Tiger Barbs
Redline Barbs
Flying Fox (1)
Banded (Giant) Gourami (1)
Weather Loaches

I know weather loaches are cooler water species, but the profiles I have read say up to 25 degrees C. From what I have read, if I keep the temperature around 24 degrees, it should be ok for all of these.

I am open to suggestions of different fish, just not cichilds.

Thanks! Now that summer is over and we're back inside, I'm really looking forward to getting the tank home. I will post photos as soon as it is here.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #67
 
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How did you hear about double point day and tent sale day??? And at all locations? I want that 5 footer, the 110, hope it might be on sale rather than $249. Any info would be great. Nice to have some TFK people near close by. Makes trading and helping easier.
Have you heard of the mail order company that works out of Orillia? Supposed to have really good prices.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #68
 
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How did you hear about double point day and tent sale day??? And at all locations? I want that 5 footer, the 110, hope it might be on sale rather than $249. Any info would be great. Nice to have some TFK people near close by. Makes trading and helping easier.
Have you heard of the mail order company that works out of Orillia? Supposed to have really good prices.
Jakie
The flyer last week (not the current one) mentioned the tent sale, and when we were in the store this week, they had tent sale stickers on everything. It goes from Sept 21 to 23. I don't know if it is all locations, but I know the last one was throughout Ontario, so it might be.

Wednesday is always double point day, so we'll get 2200 points if we buy it that day.

If the mail order place in Orillia is the one I checked out yesterday, they didn't have the Aquaclear 110 or the Eheim filters I wanted.

Couldn't find any used locally either. When I get the tank home I'm gonna need substrate, heaters and filters before I can add fish, so I'm starting to look for deals.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #69
 
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Edit: Moving the stocking question part of this thread to its own post, I think that will elicit more responses than having it buried here. I would remove it from above but I don't see where I go to edit a post.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:21 PM   #70
 
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I used the fluorite substrate for my 120 gallon for the plants pricy and a lot of work rinsing

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