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post #1 of 5 Old 10-31-2010, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hello to all on TFK
I have a 12 gal nano cube that i want to set up as a planted with fish give me some steps on how to do this i already have the cube up for a day with treated water and gravel what type of fish to get to cycle the tank and how long do i have to wait to put some plants in it.....Any info would be great .. THANKS
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-31-2010, 09:34 AM
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First off, Welcome to the Forum. This is a fun place to share stories, advice and learn from others. Glad you found it. It was a very valuable resource for me while setting up my tanks as well.

Second, you don't have to wait to add plants. In fact, if you add enough plants, you don't have to wait to add a few hardy fish. Adding enough plants will sort of suck up all the Ammonia and Nitrite in your tank so a few (2-3) hardy fish to start out will be fine. In a 12 gallon, it isn't a lot of room so I will let others advise on which fish to start with. What were you thinking?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-31-2010, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Yeah i know its not that big of tank i had it for awhile as a salt water tank and just want to change it i wasn't going to put that many plants just a few in the back for some color and maybe a small piece of drift wood and i need to changes the bulbs for plants....Thanks
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-01-2010, 09:21 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-01-2010, 02:04 PM
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Hi and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

If the light fixture is incandescent (screw-in bulbs) the best choice would be "daylight" type compact fluorescent with a kelvin rating around 6500K. If there are two bulbs, two 10w CF will be adequate; if only one, then a higher wattage CF.

On the fish, you could have a "livelier" display with very small fish; there are "dwarf" type species in the cyprinids and under the characins the Ember Tetra. Depending upon your water parameters, several choices; as these are shoaling fish, they need a group but being small that is easily achieved with small fish. The profiles (second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the screen) include info on parameters, numbers, size, etc.


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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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