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post #1 of 7 Old 05-01-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Redoing 55 gal planted.

So I've Gotten rid of all my fish but 3. I have a pleco, and two coreydoras. I'm planning on on restocking, replanting, re doing the substrate (sand and pea gravel), and doing a fishless cycle. I'm looking for suggestions on what to restock with and what to plant.... I'm wanting a very active and lively tank.
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-01-2012, 06:11 PM
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Letting us know your tap water parameters (hardness and pH) will help us narrow down fish suggestions.

On the plants, are you going with a natural (low-tech) approach, or high-tech?

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The pH Is 6.8-7. 0, and the hardness is 7-7. 5 gpg. The plants can be anything but low maintenance would be nice I just want the tank to make me stare at it lol... The pleco eats my plants so I think I'm going to keep him in my 30gallon. Also I'll be on a 25% weekly water changing schedule with 2 filters adding up to 600 gph.
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If you are keeping it peaceful I'd go with some zebra danios, more cories, gouramis, rainbow fish, and maybe some dwarf cichlids, like kribensis, bolivian rams, keyholes, or cockatoos if you like them. Easy plants could be water lillies, moss balls, and anubius.
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The pH Is 6.8-7. 0, and the hardness is 7-7. 5 gpg. The plants can be anything but low maintenance would be nice I just want the tank to make me stare at it lol... The pleco eats my plants so I think I'm going to keep him in my 30gallon. Also I'll be on a 25% weekly water changing schedule with 2 filters adding up to 600 gph.
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Hardness at 7 to 7.5 gpg (=grams per gallon) will be about 7 ppm which is very soft, less than 1 dGH. If this is correct, plants will need some calcium, magnesium and potassium in addition to a general fertilizer like Flourish Comprehensive which of itself does not have sufficient macros for this.

Why 2 filters? Are you thinking larger fish? Are these HOB filters?

If the hardness is as I've stated, soft water fish will suit this.

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they are hobs Ones bio and the others chemical. The hardness was more of an estimate because I have no way of testing it I read it off of a chart of USA and I tested the pH. I'm in middle Tennessee if that helps any we have alot of limestone here. And my 30 gallon has some amazon swords in it and dwarf grass
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they are hobs Ones bio and the others chemical. The hardness was more of an estimate because I have no way of testing it I read it off of a chart of USA and I tested the pH. I'm in middle Tennessee if that helps any we have alot of limestone here. And my 30 gallon has some amazon swords in it and dwarf grass
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I would pin down the GH, your water supply people can tell you this, they may have a website. If you find it and can't fathom it, post the link and I try. GH is very important and one should always know the GH as it can impact fish and plants.

On the filters, you do not want any chemical filtration in a planted tank. This will be running in competition with the plants for nutrients (chemical media absorbs or adsorbs nutrients, plus it alters the water chemistry which often works against the plants). And depending upon the fish selected, less filtration is better with plants. I go into this in more detail in my series "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" stickied at the head of the Aquarium Plants section.

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