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Old 03-31-2010, 02:19 AM   #1
 
New 20 gallon

Hey guys! I just got a 20 gallon tank and i was wondering what i should do with it! I was planning on having a pair of gouramis, maybe some hatchet fish, but i really just dont know! I also have no clue about plants. I have good light with about three watts per gallon, but no CO2 source. Any ideas for a plant/tank layout/setup? let me know! thanks.
lets pretend money isnt an issue right now, but i cant buy new hardware.
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:55 AM   #2
 
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Welcome to TFK!

What are your source water parameters (pH and hardness)?
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:45 AM   #3
 
Welcome to the forum Moot. One of the first thing you should invest in if you do not have one is a liquid test kit like the API Master liquid test kit so you could check periodically the water. Extremlly important when the fish are to be introduce and for monitoring after.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
 
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.

In addition to info on the water parameters already asked, can you tell us about the light? What make (fluorescent, CF), how many tubes/bulbs, which type, klelvin rating, watts...all this is printed on one end of the tube/bulb (if you have more than one they can be different, we need each).

You can have a lush planted tank without CO2; have a read of the series on setting up a natural planted aquarium at the head of the Aquarium Plants section of the forum.

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Old 03-31-2010, 01:07 PM   #5
 
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Welcome to TFK, moot. I love pretending money isn't an issue!
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:47 PM   #6
 
Hey thanks guys, i dont have the tank running right now, i will get it set up in june, as I am in school right now and I am unable to spend the time on it. I really want to have a good sturdy plan set before i get it going. For the light, i know it is a 60watt fluorescent single bulb. I work at a pet store, and basically got all this stuff used for free. It is all in great working condition, it just needed a rinse. The filter is a Hagan aquaclear 30. For water parameters, in my previous eclipse 12 system after about a week of running the filter with the water it stabilized at a little less then 7 for PH, with ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates reading 0.0
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