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Old 01-25-2013, 09:59 PM   #11
 
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How does this sound for some plants?
Jungle vals in the back corner
Anacharis and
Narrow leaf ludwiga in the mid-back area.
Cryptocoryne up towards the front.
Dwarf sag, chain sword,or java moss for 'lawn'.
Driftwood as centerpiece.
The aquascape will have an inverted look.
Do these plants sound good to cycle the tank and look nice together?
Suggestions?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:38 PM   #12
 
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Also, since I'm diong difficult and beginner fish, wich should I add first? Perhaps I should add the hatchets and cories last because they're most expensive. If any disease is introduced, It will be before I buy them so I won't have to worry about the possibility of buying nice fish only to see them die from a cheap fish. Right?
I'm gessing I should add them in this order:
Tetras
shrimp
kuhlis
cories
hatchets
Sound good?
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:31 AM   #13
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How does this sound for some plants?
Jungle vals in the back corner
Anacharis and
Narrow leaf ludwiga in the mid-back area.
Cryptocoryne up towards the front.
Dwarf sag, chain sword,or java moss for 'lawn'.
Driftwood as centerpiece.
The aquascape will have an inverted look.
Do these plants sound good to cycle the tank and look nice together?
Suggestions?
While I don't have the list off hand, the anacharis are the best ammonia sink on the list, it sounds like a good plan. The moss is sort of funky to try to get to stay on the bottom as you can't plant it so go with the sag or sword, I'd probably say in that order of choice... of course you could just get both and see which does best in your tank.

Inverted... make sure you post some pics, that sounds interesting.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #14
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Also, since I'm diong difficult and beginner fish, wich should I add first? Perhaps I should add the hatchets and cories last because they're most expensive. If any disease is introduced, It will be before I buy them so I won't have to worry about the possibility of buying nice fish only to see them die from a cheap fish. Right?
I'm gessing I should add them in this order:
Tetras
shrimp
kuhlis
cories
hatchets
Sound good?
Expense isn't really an issue as you are not planning on killing them off, the goal is healthy anyway. Expensive fish can bring in crap as easily as cheap fish. So price is not even a consideration. I would suggest kuhlis and corys last, either order is probably fine but leave as much time between additions as you can, couple of weeks minimum as you want the tank to acclimatize to the fish load before adding the next batch, particularly the more sensitive bottom feeders. Put each group in with the numbers you plan for that species right off, better if they have their numbers up together rather than a small partial group... but I think that was mentioned.

Don't rush it, more time is always better than less.

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Old 01-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #15
 
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Well, the hatchets are also most sensitive I think...
Also, I meant concave, not inverted! oops! I just forgot the word when I wrote that!
Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:38 PM   #16
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I saw some really cool looking hatchets today. I was not a fan of these fish but after watching them in the tank, I wouldn't mind a shoal... although our tank is full now.

Little guys couldn't have been much bigger than 1/2", silver, probably just dwarf hatchetfish

They are a soft water fish too, that wouldn't work.

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