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post #31 of 473 Old 10-05-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
perhaps this
http://www.amazon.com/Perfecto-Glass-Canopy-48-Inch/dp/B000255O9U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381033164&sr=8-4&keywords=55+Gallon+Fish+Tank+Hood

and this
http://www.lowes.com/pd_420866-43921...ght&facetInfo=

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post #32 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
so 12839 double posts later, i wanted to start a plant list too.

anubias
-nana
-barteri
-others??? coffeefolia? etc?

crypts
-spiralis
-pontederiifolia
-wendtii (green)
-undulata

java fern

java moss

possibly rotala (Izzy said she has had luck with this in low light setups)
-indica
-rotudifolia

alternanthera

hygro
-corymbosa

aponogeton

looking at this website Low Light Plants


ALSO NEED
-seachem equilibrium
-more root tabs
-more flourish


plants are almost as exciting as fish!
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post #33 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 12:01 AM
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Yeah she just has 2 LED strips

I got the Lights of America strip from wally world and got the T8 bulbs to go with it. It just sits ontop of my lid and will do the same if we make that lid I showed you.
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post #34 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 12:08 AM
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also, here's my potential stock idea


just remembered!! on my shopping list post, i should have added a few more bits of driftwood.

eta: more ideas....



i tend to over stock. i trust myself with maintenance and definitely wont be doing the add all in one day thing :D
I like the first option. I think it's just a little heavy at the top and bottom though. The bottom isn't such a big deal - 12 kuhli loaches won't really take up too much space. They tend to like to pile in together under something, so it's not like you're going to have 24 fish roaming around in the bottom. I think it'll be just fine.

Both my black neons and cardinals stayed in the top half of the tank. Plus, the gouramis will hang out near the surface too. Seems to me like there's a little void in the middle. I would throw in cherry barbs.

In my opinion the tank would best be stocked with 1 school in the upper third of the tank, 2 in the middle, and 1 our 2 schools on the bottom, depending. From THERE, you can fill in with the rest of the fish.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #35 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
could you give me an example of what fish you'd put where Jaysee? i think i get what you're saying, but I'm not sure what would go where.

eta: rereading it sounds like you think i just need a middle dwelling shoal. the cherry barbs would go there?
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post #36 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 10:26 PM
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so 12839 double posts later, i wanted to start a plant list too.

anubias
-nana
-barteri
-others??? coffeefolia? etc?

crypts
-spiralis
-pontederiifolia
-wendtii (green)
-undulata

java fern

java moss

possibly rotala (Izzy said she has had luck with this in low light setups)
-indica
-rotudifolia

alternanthera

hygro
-corymbosa

aponogeton

looking at this website Low Light Plants


ALSO NEED
-seachem equilibrium
-more root tabs
-more flourish


plants are almost as exciting as fish!
Really not a plant expert, no matter what you think, but here goes.

The Crypts, Anubias, Java fern (avoid the Phillipine variety as I've heard it likes harder water), and moss (not just Java would work plenty of others would too) are great choices even with pretty low light. I've made a tank with just species of those four types and it looks nice...at least IMO.

Rotalas- Izzy was right, but your tank will be 3 inches taller than her's that could make a difference when it comes to stems and if you can keep them.
R. rotundifolia is the best choice. Easy to find, cheap, and grows well in low light. It usually even keeps its lower leaves unless you have ultra low light.
R. indica looks the same as R. rotundifolia except for the flowers. it's a bit tougher to find and also costs a bit more. I know it is often listed as low light, but I had a couple of freebie stem trimmings that I had zero luck with in medium light and CO2.
R. 'colorata', R. 'green', R. 'yao yai', R. 'Singapore', and R. 'H'ra' are all color forms of R. rotundifolia. The colors might not be apparent depending on the light level. So why am I mentioning them? Because they will all work, but might only appear green. Point is if you see a deal on them they should work. All depends on the light level.
Avoid R. wallichi and any form of R. macaranda. R. 'nanjenshan' might or might not work. Really not sure on that one.

Alternanthera-I've never kept them. I've heard they can be kept low tech and low light, but the lower leaves often fall off. I find that ugly, but if you like the palm tree look you can try.

Hygrophila corymbosa- I've kept I think three different forms of this. The problem in low light though is the same as for the Alternanthera reineckii and the loss of lower leaves. Hygrophila polysperma is tough to find (you have to find someone with it in your state) but is pretty, hardy, and works really well in low light. If you can manage to find it give it a try.

Aponogenton- I can't remember which all, but many require being taken out of the aquarium and hibernated. A. crispus doesn't so and is easy so you should look for that if you want an Aponogenton. Pond snails don't eat live plants...except mine loved to chew holes in new lily and Apon leaves. Just a heads up since you love your snails.

This doesn't necessary apply to the link you posted, but if you're googling low light plants and see lists take them with a grain of salt. Those lists don't always differentiate between low light and low tech. Even using DIY CO2 will allow plants to compensate for lower light. That's still low tech, but not like might normally be thought. Pressurized CO2 and the list of "low light" plants gets really big.
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post #37 of 473 Old 10-06-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
thank you for replying Cory! even if you're not an expert you have way more experience than me, and i'm grateful you weighed in. i'll take all that into account :)

will any of those plants grow tall? if not, i might attempt to make up for height with driftwood, but i don't really know for sure.
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post #38 of 473 Old 10-07-2013, 04:41 PM
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I have
hygro
wisteria
water sprite
ludweiga
cobomba
corkscrew val
java moss

Hygro is my main tall plant. It grows at a moderate to fast rate
my wisteria also grows pretty tall
ludweiga, cobomba and corkscrew are pretty slow in my tank.

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post #39 of 473 Old 10-07-2013, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
Thanks fishy! I will check those out too
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post #40 of 473 Old 10-07-2013, 10:46 PM
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She'll also have better lighting than my tank. Bekah aren't you looking at a dual tube T8? Those extra 3 inches plus some higher lights wouldn't be too much of a difference.
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