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post #1 of 23 Old 11-12-2010, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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New 55g aquarium

So i finally found one on craigslist going to pick it up in the morning. I was wanting to know what plants i should use ive never done a planted tank but i love the way they look.... Ill be using a fluval 305 canister filter or a marineland magnum 350 canister. Play sand will also be used for the substrate.(best way to wash?)

Fish in the aquarium will be
4xAngel fish
1x Pleco (11in)
1xRainbow shark
1xCorydora
2xAfrican Clawed Frogs.

Im thinking of getting some driftwood and a slate rock cave i would like both to be coverd by some sort of moss i could use some help as to what moss will spread like that over my driftwood and cave.. also been looking at ferns... will or should i need any type of c02 system.

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post #2 of 23 Old 11-12-2010, 07:00 PM
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Congratulations on the new tank.

Java moss will grow on your driftwood. I'm not sure how well it would do on rock though.

You won't need any type of CO2. Have a look at Byron's tanks. His plants are fantastic and he doesn't have it. I don't either, and my plants are doing very well for the most part.

As for ferns, I have ceratopteris thalictroides and ceratopteris cornuta. (If you look at the photo of my guppy under my 250-litre, you can see a picture of the thalictroides). The thalictroides has just about taken over my tank it has grown so much. It doesn't brown. I'd give it a 10/10 for easy-to-grow. The other one has similarly caused no issues.

I've got java ferns in my other tank. You need to attach them to something. They are relatively new, so I can't report much about them, but they are growing well so far.
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post #3 of 23 Old 11-12-2010, 10:01 PM
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Congrats on the new tank! I was curious what light/ lights you were planning on using on your new setup?
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post #4 of 23 Old 11-13-2010, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Well i picked up the tank today and to my supprise the filter he said came with it diddnt all he had was an undergravel with some broken tubes.... and i have no clue how to set this up also i heard not to run them with ACFs but i dunno if this is true any help would be appricated on how to set it up and if it will hurt my frog... its a penn plax undertow ill also be ordering a marineland bio-wheel 350

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post #5 of 23 Old 11-13-2010, 11:38 PM
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Can you contact the seller to get the filter?

If you can't get it, I wouldn't bother with the undergravel filter. I'd buy a canister filter or use the other filter you mention.
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post #6 of 23 Old 11-13-2010, 11:47 PM
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When I washed my play sand I used a 5 gallon bucket and a garden hose! dump one bag in and fill it up 3/4 with water and swish sand around with your hand and cloud up the water. then dump off the clouded water and refill and repeat i did it about 10-15 times untill i couldent get it to cloud up anymore. sounds a big excesive but it was so clean that i dumped it into the tank that was stocked and they dident even notice! I use a diy co2 system in my little planted tank that is fed by sunlight and it does well they grow good with no co2 but when you start seting up co2 in the tank you will notice INSANE growth in as little as a week lol my swords went from 5 inches to 13 inches in a week and a half! and now my ferns cover the top of the tank. Im not trying to sell you into a co2 system its just it makes a good diferance i just use a small hob filter to disolve the co2 and it works great i only have about $30 into the whole setup. Here are some before and after pics. pictures are a month apart last two are ones i just took. i setup the tank as a test for co2.

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post #7 of 23 Old 11-14-2010, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, And no i cannot get the filter however i offered him $75 instead of the 150 and he accepted so all good... Man that planted tank of your has some mega overgrowth. Thanks again for the suggestions. what would be the best way to cycle my new tank without cycle and what fish would be good to use for the first one in. so excited cant wait for it to be finished

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post #8 of 23 Old 11-14-2010, 02:16 AM
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Put your plants in now. They will help process the fish waste. Do you know anyone with a tank? If so, ask for some media from their filter to seed your tank.

I just read your proposed list of fish. Cories like to be in groups, so getting just one wouldn't be a good idea. They can be sensitive and shouldn't go in while you are cycling your tank.

I'd also rethink the pleco. My tank is 250-litre (a bit bigger than yours), but I wouldn't put an 11" pleco in it, I don't think it's big enough. Maybe you could consider a bristlenose instead? They aren't as big.

Have you researched the compatibility of angelfish and the shark, with regard to issues of territoriality and aggression?
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post #9 of 23 Old 11-14-2010, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks but i have all these fish is the list allready they are in my 30 g only one angel ATM going to get 3 more and another Cory or so the pleco is the main reason I upgraded he was my first fish ever so no way to rethink the fish list much lol thanks again ....
And what if I put a filter from my 30 in and run it to help the cycle?
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Yes, if your 30 is cycled, that's a good idea. I seeded both of my newest tanks with established filter media and put plants in and I didn't have any ammonia or nitrite spikes in the new tanks.

I don't know much about angels other than they can be territorial. I think it would be a good idea to put your existing angel into the new tank at the same time as your new ones, so that he doesn't get to think of the new tank as "his".
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