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Making a new planted 55 gallon
Old 08-04-2011, 10:44 AM   #11
 
I love taking pictures, its another one of my hobbies. If you look at my tank now it looks like a 2 year old designed it lmao.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:54 AM   #12
 
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It has room for improvement but you will get there with time thats part of the fun with setting up a tank is buying stuff and adding it to see the difference. A black background would help you could use poster board it is cheap and looks good. Another option is at Walmart they sell these bulb plants in the fish section that you toss in the tank there $3.59 I think a pack and you get several bulbs in a pack they are quarenteed to grow just save your reciept and any that don't grow with in 30 days you send with a copy of the reciept and they send you replacement bulbs. I have used them and currently have some in my 20 gallon long tank that I put in a couple weeks ago there were 6 bulbs in my pack and 4 have already got good growth on them.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:03 AM   #13
 
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Im going to check prices at the store, i am 17 so its kinda hard for me to order things from online, and i don't like using my debt card. Its just easier for me to drive 5 miles to the store.

But thanks for the advice. I'm gonna save those links for future reference.

I understand your hesitation on using your debit card online. Just to let you know with sweet aquatics you can either pay online or you can mail in your payment. I can't remember if they accept money orders on mail in payments or not, but if so you can get money orders fairly cheaply at grocery stores, and even I have seen them at gas stations. Also with sweet aquatics with paying online they use pay pal which helps to make the online transaction more secure.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:14 AM   #14
 
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As for your tank design like calmwaters has said part of the fun in this hobby is being able to buy and add more to the tank. As you get more plants in it will help to fill things out. Also you might want to consider adding a piece of driftwood. With the type of fish that you have in the tank if the listing is current floating plants will also be appreciated by the fish. You mentioned that you also like doing photography, if you take some of the concepts that are used in photography and apply it to designing your tank it will help. I am thinking along the lines of the rule of thirds, the idea that you do not place the subject in the center of the photo. Same when adding things such as driftwood, rocks and such. You want to off center and sometimes depending even place it on a slant. Help to make the eye flow through the tank and also help to give things a more natural look. Hopefully this makes some sense. Also I agree a background will help make a difference and will help make your plants and fish stand out more.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:42 PM   #15
 
I just noticed that 1 of my 2 out puts on my air pump isn't working anymore, and was wondering once i get my tank planted will i need even need the air pump anymore?

Thanks, Cody
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:03 PM   #16
 
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No you will not need it unless you want to use a sponge filter on your tank. What kind of filter do you have right now? The best kind with plants is either a sponge or canister so that you do not have alot of surface breakage which is bad for plants also once you have the plants you do not want bubble makers in the tank as that will cause a loss of the CO2 as well that the plants need.
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Old 08-04-2011, 04:08 PM   #17
 
I have a Penn Plax Canister Aquarium Filter 265 GPH which i think is a canister filter. And in that case ill pull the air stones out once i get my tank planted.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:56 PM   #18
 
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Yes that is a canister filter and will work fine for plants.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #19
 
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Yes that is a canister filter and will work fine for plants.
Alright, thank you.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #20
 
Got 3 small amazon swords for a total 6 dollars at the pet store today, just planted them in the tank. Hope they do well :)

Ill post pictures of the tank tomorrow!
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