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post #1 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 02:55 AM
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Welcome to TFK!

What are your source water parameters (pH and hardness)?

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 05:45 AM
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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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post #4 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 11:19 AM
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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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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 12:07 PM
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Welcome to TFK, moot. I love pretending money isn't an issue!

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post #6 of 6 Old 03-31-2010, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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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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