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post #1 of 21 Old 07-24-2011, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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So New 55 What to do! (planted, filter questions)

so i have my tropical 55gal with mollies, platies, guppies, cories. pretty run of the mill.

it has neon gravel and bright platic plants, etc etc.

it was my first so i hope u will forgive me :P

for my new one i want something more natural looking, planted, with wood and more peaceful than the roaring of the HOB filters of my tropical, although i tried moving the tank out of my room and it was so quiet i couldnt sleep haha.

it will be in the living room. just me and my roommate its not a really high traffic area, just so you know.

i have never had a planted tank, so im looking for some advice on how to go from scratch.

i know the same questions get asked and answered 10 times a day on here so if you would like to link me to something you already answered thats fine!

also looking for stocking suggestions. nothing off the wall as i only have petsmart, jacks aquarium, and a pretty expensive Aquarium Adventure store (not sure if this is a chain or not) the later two usually have a nice variety tho.

also i know i need to check the tap water sincei have not done that since i moved. all ihave to do is call the water company and give them my address?

lots of questions haha sorry.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-24-2011, 10:17 PM
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Aquarium Adventure isn't too bad. Join their fish club. 25% discount on pretty much everything.


If I need a few things and can spend enough to get free shipping from Big Al's then I go that route. ($75) I'll buy certain random things from AA when I don't want to spend a ton of money online. Plants, fish, etc.


Driftwood = Ebay - Be patient and look around. I've got some great natural pieces off there.


The tap water in Dublin is extremely hard. Not sure what system you are on. AA tests it for free.
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Aquarium Adventure isn't too bad. Join their fish club. 25% discount on pretty much everything.


If I need a few things and can spend enough to get free shipping from Big Al's then I go that route. ($75) I'll buy certain random things from AA when I don't want to spend a ton of money online. Plants, fish, etc.


Driftwood = Ebay - Be patient and look around. I've got some great natural pieces off there.


The tap water in Dublin is extremely hard. Not sure what system you are on. AA tests it for free.
im in dublin ;)

i have been looking and looking for some floating plants and AA never seems to have them :/
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At the top of the aquarium plants section of the forum, byron has a provided a 4 part guide on setting up a planted tank; the information there is excellent and covers everything you shoudl need to know.

As for what species to stock, how about a peaceful community of south american fish? A few shoals of differernt tetras for the mid level, some different corydoras for the bottom, hatchet fish for the top, ottos to eat the algae. I basically have this setup and i love thinking that my tank might be in someway close to the natural environment these fish come from in South America. I also have a pair of bolivian rams as I wanted some larger but relatively peaceful fish, plus a whiptail catfish and a banjo catfish
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im in dublin ;)

i have been looking and looking for some floating plants and AA never seems to have them :/

Yeah their plant selection is lacking. Plus some of them are pretty expensive.
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BTW I live like 2 blocks away from AA. I got a free fish club when I bought my tank there.

Not sure how much it costs to join. But if you want to use my card I can meet you there no problems.

Just PM me and give me a day or so advance notice and it would be no problem at all. I'm damn near in there ever few days anyways.

(Leaving right now to go there. lol)
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Yeah their plant selection is lacking. Plus some of them are pretty expensive.
have you looked at jacks aquarium? the one in hilliard didnt have a TON but it was def cheaper than AA
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Never been there. I'm planning a 10 gallon so I'll check them out when I get it set up.

My 46 is pretty much done with plants.
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so i have my tropical 55gal with mollies, platies, guppies, cories. pretty run of the mill.

it has neon gravel and bright platic plants, etc etc.

it was my first so i hope u will forgive me :P

for my new one i want something more natural looking, planted, with wood and more peaceful than the roaring of the HOB filters of my tropical, although i tried moving the tank out of my room and it was so quiet i couldnt sleep haha.

it will be in the living room. just me and my roommate its not a really high traffic area, just so you know.

i have never had a planted tank, so im looking for some advice on how to go from scratch.

i know the same questions get asked and answered 10 times a day on here so if you would like to link me to something you already answered thats fine!

also looking for stocking suggestions. nothing off the wall as i only have petsmart, jacks aquarium, and a pretty expensive Aquarium Adventure store (not sure if this is a chain or not) the later two usually have a nice variety tho.

also i know i need to check the tap water sincei have not done that since i moved. all ihave to do is call the water company and give them my address?

lots of questions haha sorry.
For a general intro to natural planted tanks, have a read of the series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" in 4 parts at the head of the Aquarium Plants section. I'd be happy to answer any questions from that.

You will want to change the substrate to something "natural", fine gravel or coarse sand work well. As for your water, many suppliers now have a website with data posted, check for yours; we need to know the hardness, pH and if ammonia, nitrite or nitrate are in the water.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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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For a general intro to natural planted tanks, have a read of the series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" in 4 parts at the head of the Aquarium Plants section. I'd be happy to answer any questions from that.

You will want to change the substrate to something "natural", fine gravel or coarse sand work well. As for your water, many suppliers now have a website with data posted, check for yours; we need to know the hardness, pH and if ammonia, nitrite or nitrate are in the water.

Byron.
i read this! probably need to read it once more time before i really understand it and remember it
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