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Hi all im new to tropicals and purchased 54 gallon /205 litre tank second hand off of gumtree in australia. It was IMO a brilliant deal -eheim heater/ filter ,african tiger lotus plants, a huge driftwood all food, fish and accessories included and only $500.:-D I will post some pics of it real soon. Just wonderin if any one could advise me on what air stones are good and im abit confused as to what is meant by co2 systems:-?
 

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Can't wait to see pics. Congrats on new tank! Co2 isused to jelp plants grow, I'm not sure exactly what it is all about because I don't use it. As far as airstones, I dony use those either. I would instead reccomend a powerhead with air intake to circulate/ aerate the tank. Good luck to you.
 

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pics of my new 54g/205L tank

Just a quick post to intro my tank. Gone for a natural theme with driftwood and holey stones african tiger lotus vals crypts anubia and java moss .:-D 5 Angels 8 Rasbora(harlequin) 2 Clown loach 1 Red-tailed shark 1Flying fox 3 Dwarf coral flame gourami 2 Albino bristle nosed catfish and 3 sucking catfish:cool::fish:
 

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great stock

Watch out for the redtail shark and clown loach. I've seen these two go at it like prize-fighters . So much individuality in both species that you can't tell how they'll get along , they might be best friends! Best of luck.
 

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Welcome to TFK! I can't wait to see your setup, it sounds pretty with the natural theme - can't wait for pics! I have a 55g tank that I keep crypts anubias, and moss in, they thrive under my low light, Tiger lotus are beautiful too - and hopefully you'll have better luck with Vals than I have - they didn't do so well in my soft water. :(

I'm not terribly familiar with all the species in this tank, but as the PP mentioned to watch out for the clown loaches, I thought I should mention that these guys grow very large, and need to be kept in groups to thrive. It is suggested that at a minimum they be housed in a 75g tank. :( There are many, many types of loaches that are smaller, and will do well in a tank the size of yours - I have Kuhlii Loaches, and they're adorable, if you'd be interested in looking into those, or other loaches that don't get *quite* as big.
 

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If the holey stones your are planning on using are the Texas Holey Rock please be aware that they will increase the hardness of your water and most likely raise the PH as well.
Most of the fish you are looking at are soft water species that prefer their PH more on the acidic side.
Also, the angels and gourami like the same area of the tank, you might have territory issues with both of them in the same tank.
 

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just popping in to say Hi :-D
 

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diy co2

ive seen posts about do-it-yourself co2 systems, but i know nothing about it. you might want to research if you want to keep live plants.
p.s. take a look at the photos willow has up of fishtank-amazing; one of the nicest tanks ive ever seen
 
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