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bigfish93 10-30-2012 10:13 PM

Back at it and I have a few Q's
 
Hi all, I am getting back into freshwater tanks after going Salty for a while. I love my reef tank, but I will be moving to an apartment soon and I will not have the space for all of the saltwater equipment. I have had a freshwater planted tank before, but I switched to saltwater and now I need a little refresher on freshwater. Here's the rundown:

I will be purchasing a 20 long tank and the ideas for it are pretty open. What would you guys recommend for a 20 long. Heavily planted or Cichlids? If I were to go planted, how much flow should I shoot for in the tank? How much light? I don't like the look of the really heavily lit tanks because they are too bright, but I don't want to go to basic with the setup and limit myself on plant choices. If I were to go planted, I would want tetras. How many could fit comfortably into a 20 long? Would a 29 gallon be a better option or is the height a waste?

Byron 10-31-2012 07:04 PM

Rather than repeat much of it, I am suggesting you have a read of my series "A Basic Approach to the
Natural Planted Aquarium" [4 parts] that is stickied at the head of the Aquarium Plants section. That will get you started anyway.

On the 29g vs 20g long, get the 29g. The extra volume will come in handy.

Byron.


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