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The One And Only 01-17-2011 08:09 PM

Tired of the same old
setup. ive got a 20 gallon tank right now. obviously its freshwater( since this is a freshwater forum). its currently got a heater that came with the tank and an aqua clear 50 gallon filter. its got some plain old small gravel as a substrate. fake decorations all the way around. its currelty housing a midas chichlid and 5 emerald green cory catfish in it. i want to revamp this tank and make it bad ass. im talking live plants good substrate real decor. i just need a good game plan. im thinking about getting rid of my chichlid in hopes of finding a tropical fish(es) that i actually like. any ideas would be helpful

Tapil 01-17-2011 09:05 PM

How about sand instead of gravel?

Make your own decor with pvc pipes?

Put something "You" Inside the tank
((In my case i transformed a placstic halloween skull into a fish cave :D was cheap $5 for the biggest and most interesting decor in my tank))

I drilled out 2 holes in the eyes and one giant hole in the side of the skull and in the back so the fish wouldnt get lost in there - then a $1 sand paper smoothed it out to keep the fish from getting hurt

**this picture is from my 20 gallon however** i have since upgraded to a 50 gallon tank with sand

Calmwaters 01-17-2011 09:09 PM

Could you maybe post a picture so we can see what we have to work with? Sometimes you can change a small thing about the tank and it will make a world of difference in the way it looks. For instance I have went to small black gravel and real plants and a black back ground in almost all my tanks and they all look so much better than they did before.

The One And Only 01-18-2011 05:21 PM

well i cant put pictures up right now. lack of camera. but i was thinking of mabe some sort of plant friendly substrate so i can have an underwater forest for my fih to get lost in haha. i know im going to donate m midas chichlid to my friend but i need an idea of a schooling fish that is colorful and fun to watch

The One And Only 01-18-2011 05:43 PM

i just have to find my flip and ill take a video of the tank and hopefully that will help yo get a mental picture. also any tips on the best care for the cory catfish. im in love with mine

Calmwaters 01-18-2011 05:51 PM

Any small size gravel will work well for plants or you could go with a substrate made specifically for plants like Seachem Flourite. Corys are very happy if kept in groups of at least 5 of each species and fed algae wafer and fresh blanched veggies like zucchini, and squash every now and of course keep there water clean. I love corys my self my favorites are the albinos they seem very active and are a lot of fun to watch. ; )

The One And Only 01-18-2011 05:54 PM

that plant sand wouldnt happen to come in a dark color would it. any ideas on what other fish i could put in my tank?

Calmwaters 01-18-2011 05:57 PM

Here is a link to were you can see the colors its not sand it is a special gravel:
Seachem Gravel

if you can get me your ph and water hardness I maybe able to suggest some fish that will work.

The One And Only 01-18-2011 06:03 PM

the ph is 7 and the hardness is about 8-9 gh

Calmwaters 01-18-2011 06:13 PM

Do you want something like a shoaling fish? Do you prefer lots of smaller fish or a few slightly bigger fish? Do you want an active tank or a calm tank?

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