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New to plants, just need some help starting up
Old 01-07-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
 
New to plants, just need some help starting up

Hey guys, I've been doing my research before putting plants in the tank.

I have a 55 gallon tank with no fish yet, the water's been cycling for a few months, it has 2 slates and 2 pieces of driftwood in it, 2 moss balls and 3 ghost shrimp.

I want it to be a community tank (mostly tetras) and maybe a few gouramis

Here's the tank



The 2 hoods came with the tank, standard fluorescent lighting, each bulb is 49H

along with the lighting being 120 VAC 60 HZ and 17 w



Here are the 2 moss balls



And here are two ghost shrimp



So let me know what you think, I'd love any feedback/help with anything
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
 
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You have a lot of options with a 55 gallon. I don't have any updated pictures of my 55 gallon but I have a variety of swords on one side, stems across the back, and then a variety of small potted plants such as cryptocoryne species then I have a floating plant that stays across the top. It looks really good and they are all low light easy to care for plants. If you are looking for a good place to buy online I would suggest sweetaquatics or aquariumplants.com I have used both of these on several occasions and have always been really pleased.

I would put a black back ground on the tank because it will make the plants and fish really stand out. And also you do know a tank will not cycle with out fish in it unless you add amonia or something to make it cycle. However if you put lots and lots of plants in it before you add the fish then it will automatically cycle and you could add a few fish on day one.

If you would like to see an old picture of my setup you can see it in my albums, but I have rearranged it and the plants are much bigger. I dose with seachem flourish 2 times a week and use seachem root tabs at the base of the swords for the roots as well.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
 
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Just wanted to add I would maybe replace your current bulbs with 2 6500 Daylight bulbs you can get them at Lowes or Home Depot for around $8.00.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:30 PM   #4
 
Thank you! I really appreciate your input. I'm really hoping to get started on all of that tomorrow. How long does the shipping usually take for the plants?
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