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post #1 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Begginers planted tank?

Hi all,

I am fairly new to the world of planted fish keeping and am looking to get into it.
I currently have a tank which is 39"x18"x15", with a 25 watt daylight bulb, a preety crappy, small internal filter and heater. Fish list is:
4 neon tetras
3 penguin tetras
2 guppies
2 corydoras
1 fairly large angle fish
1 pearl gourami

I have just a layer of gravel as substrate and a few rocks, bogwood and plants.I am also struggling a bit with brown algae on the rocks/plants/tank. The tank has been running since february/march.

The tank doesnt look like anything special at the moment and as said i would like to start a proper planted aquarium. I would be very grateful if someone could give me advice on where to go next or a step by step FAQ(bearing in mind i am not that up on all my stuff, so fairly easy for me to understand).

I have about 60-70 quid to spend right now. And am not looking for anything too complicated.

Thanks alot
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post #2 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 01:41 PM
Hi Lowee,
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First you need to know what you're aiming for. For example, you might want your tank to look like a dense jungle or bog, or sunny beach, or perhaps a grassy field. By the dimensions of your tank, I'm guessing it's about 45 US gallons. It would also be helpful if you could post a pic so we know what we're working with. :)
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post #3 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the welcome, i am looking for a jungle type effect, but i also would like some bogwood(i also like sand alot).

Here are some pics:

The second one is a pic of the filter, is really not that great, it make like a squeeking noise occasionally and spurts out lots of bubbles, i could need a new one( not sure if this one is even working properly!)

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post #4 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 03:17 PM
Lovely tank! You are off to a good start. What plants do you currently have?
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post #5 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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thanks, to be honest i dont really no what plants they are, as they were bought in a bunch from a local fish shop. But one of them are really doing that well, a couple are growing v.slowly and a few not at all. But they all have a slight brown tinge to them, which is getting better atleast.
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post #6 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 05:16 PM
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I would advise that if you can afford it go for undergravel heating and a soil substrate before adding top substrate, if you have to use sand i would advise using shale/ pebbles to break up the appearance- sand might be more difficult to keep plants with than gravel- but each to their own!
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post #7 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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thanks Andrew, i have just sent you a message for more help.
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post #8 of 32 Old 11-03-2006, 06:38 PM
If you post your questions here you may get more replies, and others can benefit from the advice. ;)
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post #9 of 32 Old 11-04-2006, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Went to my local fish shop today and have bought a 55W light to go with my 25 watt one. Also ive bought some plant fertiliser, will post some pics when everything is set-up.
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post #10 of 32 Old 11-05-2006, 12:48 AM
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Just a word of caution about keeping angelfish, gourami, and neons & guppies in a 45 gallon tank... long term this is not likely to work, regardless of the plants you add. Angelfish and gourami will get too large to keep together in this size of a tank, and once large enough, they will likely eat neons and guppies. Watch growth rate, water params (which the plants will help to keep stable) and aggression levels. To help keep the peace between angel and gourami for a little longer, I'd also add some type of floating plant to your list, such as hornwort. This will help with your "jungle appearance" and create extra territory for the 2 fish occupying the upper 1/2 of the tank.
Good Luck and bring us more pics as you make your progress.

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
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