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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
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
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.
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
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
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. ; )
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?
Here is a link to were you can see the colors its not sand it is a special gravel:
if you can get me your ph and water hardness I maybe able to suggest some fish that will work.
the ph is 7 and the hardness is about 8-9 gh
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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