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Need advice: good begginer fish and plants?
Old 08-22-2010, 08:43 AM   #11
 
The gravel is by Akvastabil and this one is called Orbit. It seems quite dark to me without the lighting tho.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:47 AM   #12
 
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Ah, probably not something I can get locally then. It looks wonderful with the light though and you will have your light on when viewing the tank any way. Your tank just looks like such a peaceful place to live. If I were a small fish, I would like to live there. :) ha ha

Can't wait to see it with a few plants and some cute small fish.
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #13
 
Update

I've added the two plants I mentioned, the grassy like one mostly not visible so far.

I want to replace the fake red one with some sort of Anubias, but since i'm still at cycling the tank, I don't want to overplant the tank. I'm not adding any nutrition for the plants, so if I should, what do you recomment I should use?

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Old 08-22-2010, 01:57 PM   #14
 
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You can add as many plants as you like. That will actually shorten the cycle process not be an issue for the plants. People on here most recommend Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive supplement for the planted aquarium. Also, if you have any root plants like Swords, you will want to add some root tabs around it. The Flourish you only add once or twice a week as needed. It is relatively cheap as you don't need to use much at all. Your tank is absolutely beautiful and is going to be even more so as those real plants are planted or added. I love seeing the progress. Nice Job!
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:24 AM   #15
 
I've decided to try a more naturall appearance so I changed some decoration today. I also got a nice seashell, but after reading up ppl tend to disagree wether it's ok to put it in a FW tank or not. The shell is about 5inch x 3 inch x 3 inch and my water has pH 7,5 ish. What do you think?

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Old 08-23-2010, 09:51 AM   #16
 
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I've decided to try a more naturall appearance so I changed some decoration today. I also got a nice seashell, but after reading up ppl tend to disagree wether it's ok to put it in a FW tank or not. The shell is about 5inch x 3 inch x 3 inch and my water has pH 7,5 ish. What do you think?
That looks good, I do like that substrate. Live plants will really look nice.

Forget the shell. Shells are calcium and will slowly leech into the water, which will raise hardness and pH. You have a lot of options with a pH in the low 7's, but higher and your options will be limited.

Anubias attaches to wood or rock, not in the substrate, just in case you didn't know. A nice plant for back corners as it needs shade.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:32 AM   #17
 
Still cycling...

I'll skip the seashell to be on the safe side.

I do know bout Anubias barteri nana to grow on wood and rock surfaces, but does that go for all of the Anubias species? The pet store i went to only sells the Anubias nana allready plated on a rock for 20 which seems a bit over the top to me.

The store had 2 other species of the Anubias (forgot the other part of the name), but I was told those were to be planted in the ground ? I will look for one I could attach to the fake driftwood when I get the time.

Ah yes and my light is a poor 18W T8 so is it possible Anubias might like it if it's put somewhere in the mid section of the tank rather then a shaded place?

Any other plant and set up advice would be welcome, since I've never done any aquascaping what so ever.

Thanks for the answers!
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:50 AM   #18
 
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I'll skip the seashell to be on the safe side.

I do know bout Anubias barteri nana to grow on wood and rock surfaces, but does that go for all of the Anubias species? The pet store i went to only sells the Anubias nana allready plated on a rock for 20 which seems a bit over the top to me.

The store had 2 other species of the Anubias (forgot the other part of the name), but I was told those were to be planted in the ground ? I will look for one I could attach to the fake driftwood when I get the time.

Ah yes and my light is a poor 18W T8 so is it possible Anubias might like it if it's put somewhere in the mid section of the tank rather then a shaded place?

Any other plant and set up advice would be welcome, since I've never done any aquascaping what so ever.

Thanks for the answers!
I've never heard of any Anubias species that should be planted in the substrate. These plants have a rhizome from which the leaves and roots grow, and if buried in the substrate the rhizome will rot. The rhizome should be attached to an object. The roots growing from it will reach down into the substrate on their own.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:57 AM   #19
 
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All anubias needs to be attached to driftwood, rock or decoration. Never planted in the substrate. If it is buried in the gravel, it will eventually rot.

Crypts would be a nice addition to your size tank. I love the Red Wentii Crypts, as it adds some nice subtle color to the tank. Pgymy chain swords would also make a nice foreground plant.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:06 PM   #20
 
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Its a really nice tank, nice set up to! Any definates on what tour going to stock it with??
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