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post #11 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 11:24 AM
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Also, just to be clear, JDM means heavily planted initially, with lot's of fast growing stem plants. Floating plants also help tremendously (water sprite, water lettuce, frogbit, even duckweed).
The quantity of plants tends to be a rather subjective thing. Here are two shots of my 37 gallon tallish tank, the first near startup, the second a week ago. I used a bunch of dwarf hygrophila stems initially that grew like bad weeds a variety of other plant species. Most of the DH I moved to another tank to start it.

I started out with a betta and 12 cherry barbs with the fist plants but I have kept adding plants and added emerald catfish since, upped the barbs to 16, added shrimp... plants have been interesting as I have tried about 30 different varieties over the last few months.

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post #12 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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My thoughts were a school of tetras, something "pretty" (maybe a betta or gourami) and some cory cats. I have my old test kit - it's an API Master Test Kit but it's probably 6 years old. Think it's ok to use?
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Jeff, thanks for posting those pics. Your tank looks awesome!
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 08:16 PM
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Thanks, it's always changing a bit here and there.

I wouldn't suggest a Betta, I have one with some cherry barbs that appear to be OK together. time will tell. But tetras have teeth and those flowing Betta fins are a prime nipping target for them to use those teeth.

Check the expiry on the bottles. I expect that some might be OK and some not but I would recommend replacing it anyway.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

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post #15 of 15 Old 04-24-2013, 08:26 PM
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My thoughts were a school of tetras, something "pretty" (maybe a betta or gourami) and some cory cats. I have my old test kit - it's an API Master Test Kit but it's probably 6 years old. Think it's ok to use?
The test kit is likely past the "expected" expiry dates, but sometimes they do continue to give reliable results. But for the minimal cost, a new API Master Combo would be a good investment, it has pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

You still need to know the GH and KH, and this you can ascertain from the municipal water folks; they probably have a website. IF you find it and can't figure out the data numbers, post the link and one of us can take a look. GH is rather important.

Aside from that, I would not include a Betta in a community tank. As Jeff has since posted, it can work--but the inherent nature of the fish says it won't work, and it is safer to assume the "norm" rather than the maybe. Gourami is fine, depending upon species. Check our profiles, most of the available ones are included, and some are best in a harem, some need more space, etc. Small fish with gourami is tricky; they can't be fast swimmers (which lets out barbs and Danio), or aggressive (many will readily fin nip a gourami). The profiles will help you narrow things down. Corys are fine with almost anything that won't eat them.

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