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Old 01-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #11
 
I cant wait to start putting it all together and add the fish but as you say read read read.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:31 PM   #12
 
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I was hoping to keep 2 dwarf gourami and a few tetra and corys but still playing wjth the idea. I am still welcome to new ideas, I am hoping to get a filter this weekend as I am off work for a day or two so I can start cycling. sorry for the delays in my posts as I work night shift.
For these fish, minimal water flow is best, so you could choose an internal filter that is basically a sponge. A sponge filter with air pump works well, but air pumps can be noisy' so if this tank is in a quiet room (bedroom or something) an internal filter would be quieter.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:16 PM   #13
 
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I cant wait to start putting it all together and add the fish but as you say read read read.
and don't forget pictures....
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:29 PM   #14
 
I have just got a filter from my friend internal it has been running in her tank for a year and she put another one in 2 months ago so she has let me have this one to establish my tank so the next thing is putting it all together.my next question is live or fake plants? and thank you all for the help x
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:32 PM   #15
 
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I have just got a filter from my friend internal it has been running in her tank for a year and she put another one in 2 months ago so she has let me have this one to establish my tank so the next thing is putting it all together.my next question is live or fake plants? and thank you all for the help x
I never have fish tanks without live plants. The benefits cannot be overstated. And it needn't be difficult.

Even something as simple as floating plants will be a huge benefit. A decent light is all they need.

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Old 01-26-2012, 04:22 PM   #16
 
could you please give me some plant ideas
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:38 PM   #17
 
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could you please give me some plant ideas
Are you thinking just floating, or some to plant in the substrate too? It would also help to know about your tank light, since some plants are fine with low light, others not.

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Old 01-27-2012, 02:45 AM   #18
 
Hi I would like both, the light is a 3 foot fluorescent tube I am going to put it on a timer.
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Hi I would like both, the light is a 3 foot fluorescent tube I am going to put it on a timer.
With a 3-foot (36 inch) tube, presumably the 105 liter (~30 g) tank is around 3 feet in length? With a full spectrum or daylight tube, you will be fine for low and moderate light plants which covers the majority.

First the tube, you can buy these in fish stores but they will be more expensive than tubes in hardware stores. I can asuggest some brands if asked. Main thing is the spectrum, and a kelvin rating around 6500K (5000K to 7000K wil work).

Plants: Any of the green-leaf sword plants in Echinodorus (there are several in our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top), the pygmy chain sword, Corkscrew Vallisneria; these are substrate-rooted plants [click on shaded names for that profile]. Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss; these attach to wood and rock. And for floating, Water Sprite is ideal, and Brazilian Pennywort works well floating or planted as a stem plant.

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Old 01-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #20
 
thank you for this help I am off to find a good stockist tomorrow. I have a large bag of 7 mm gravel i have soaking so I will wash this again when I get from work in the morning. How thick should my layer of gravel be?
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