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post #1 of 13 Old 08-03-2011, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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What can I add to tank (pic attached)

I want to make my tank look nicer, as well as be a better home for my fish. It looks pretty desolate right now. Any suggestions on things to add, like wood or rocks or specific plants, etc.? I have 2 blue gourami, 2 yellow panchax, 4 pink danio, and 4 serpae tetras in there right now in the 29g tank. I have 2 ornamental rocks with gravel underneath.

ps. those 2 small koi in there have since been removed
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-03-2011, 08:38 PM
more plants....many more plants...more plants....more mor emore more more more

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post #3 of 13 Old 08-03-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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would the plants need to be planted? all i have is that overhead light, will the plants be able to survive? could you list some that don't require that much light?
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-03-2011, 09:14 PM
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I agree lots more plants and a black background you could use a piece of posterboard its cheap and will look good. As for plants you could use most kinds of aponogetons, cryptocorynes, and anubias. It would be good if you could get a light for the tank since I am guessing you do not leave the over head light on all the time. Does the tank get any sunlight?

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post #5 of 13 Old 08-03-2011, 11:55 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

There seems to be a tank light, and getting the right tube/bulbs for plants is easy. What type of light fixture is it, fluorescent tube or incadescent (screw-in bulbs) and how many tubes/bulbs? When I know this, i can suggest the best tube/bulbs.

The black background Calmwaters suggested would be good; a sheet of black construction paper will do nicely, cut to fit and taped on.


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post #6 of 13 Old 08-04-2011, 01:24 AM
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Maybe instead of evenly spacing out the plants like that, move one of the rock structures off to one side and group those three plants around it. Move the other rock structure off center to the other side. Then fill in with more plants and maybe some driftwood. The gourami would appreciate some floating plants. And a black background would help to make your tank look more "finished". Have fun!

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-04-2011, 07:53 AM
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I agree with what everyone else has suggested, and the background will really help to finish off the look. When I put my black background on my 50, it made a difference in the look, and it is nice not to see all the cords that are running behind the tank. Also more plants will help, if you are limited in the selection of plants available to you locally you could always consider getting them online. Most of mine I got from sweet aquatics, and the prices are better than what I can get locally.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-06-2011, 09:36 PM
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my first thought is a background as well. i found some unique looking ones on ebay at reasonable prices.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-08-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone. i did add more plants and a piece of driftwood. i am looking to add a background. thanks
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-09-2011, 04:45 PM
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Post some pictures! I would love to see what it looks like now.

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