If you could do it over again... - Page 2 - New to Planted Aquariums - Aquatic Plant Central

Go Back   Aquatic Plant Central > Welcome Forums! > New to Planted Aquariums

New to Planted Aquariums Don't know where to begin? Find your answer here.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-03-2004, 05:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 439
iTrader Ratings: 2
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
Rex Grigg is a regular member
Default

If I could do it over again I would go with African Cichlid tanks. I have never kept them till I got my shell dweller tank and they are truly a ton of fun.
Rex Grigg is offline   Reply With Quote

Advertisement [Remove Advertisement]
Old 02-04-2004, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,623
iTrader Ratings: 8
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
Robert Hudson is a regular member
Default

Hi Bob! Nice to see you alive and kicking! So this is where you and Art have been hiding!

I made plenty of mistakes in the first two years. Mostly I would just start out slower, take my time, and have more patience to allow things to mature.
Robert Hudson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2004, 10:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
jerseyjay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: North Jersey
Posts: 810
iTrader Ratings: 9
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
jerseyjay is a regular member
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rex Grigg
If I could do it over again I would go with African Cichlid tanks. I have never kept them till I got my shell dweller tank and they are truly a ton of fun.
Rex,

African cichlids are very addictive. Why ?. Because they are "extremely" easy to keep and breed. The same goes for the actual setup. Few rocks, sand and some Anubias sp. w/ Valliseneria and your tank will look very "natural".

I went the other way. Plants ---> african cichlids. I can't live without either now.
jerseyjay is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 02-09-2004, 12:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 4
iTrader Ratings: 0
cpr4cpu is a regular member
Default

Quarantine all new fish and plants. Or at a bare minimum I would "dip" them to reduce parasites, snails, etc.
cpr4cpu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2004, 11:03 AM   #15 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
ShaneSmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Gainesville/Winter Park, Florida
Posts: 645
iTrader Ratings: 5
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
ShaneSmith is a regular member
Default

I would spend the money on pressurized co2 right away and not buy so many lights.
ShaneSmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2004, 12:01 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,710
iTrader Ratings: 0
Sir_BlackhOle is a regular member
Default

If I could do it over again I would NOT use just plain gravel.
Sir_BlackhOle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2004, 07:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Justin Fournier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver BC, Canada
Posts: 4
iTrader Ratings: 0
Justin Fournier is a regular member
Default

If I could do it over again I would redo my plumbing so the output from the reactor went directly to the tank, as opposed to dumping back into the sump.

Everything else I do differently now from what I did in the beginning is so far detached it's two totally different worlds, from Walstad style tanks 10 years ago till my newest super high tech tank, I couldn't have gotten this far without starting the way I did.
Justin Fournier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2004, 05:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 105
iTrader Ratings: 0
Wheeler is a regular member
Default

If *I* could do it all over again:

I wouldn't waste my time with yeast CO2 and drop the bucks on a regulator/needle valve and 10# tank right after bought the aquarium. It's more important than fancy filters, lights, and substrates. Pressurised CO2 and a powerhead are all that's necessary.

30" tanks are a PITA to light properly. I would not have bought the 3 that I did

Common practice is to feed our plants way too much and I subscribed to that for a long time. You'd be surprised how healthy the plant growth is with just a fraction of the recommended amounts and algae becomes *much* less of an issue. Of course, the specifics depend on your substrate and tap water... Light makes less of a difference than most people say.

I stopped spending tons of money and time on algae eaters such as shrimp, ottos, SAE a while ago-- they are over rated, IMHO. Snails (Physa sp., or ramshorns) are the best, hands down and they're free. I don't have algae anymore (see last point). The snails keep things spic-and-span.

Constant tinkering is the worst thing possible for a plant tank. Choose a way and go with it. When you see a problem or aren't satisfied with something, change ONE THING AT A TIME. Hehe-- that way you know what the solution was. My hard head found itself bleaching/scrubbing out algae infested tanks for years before I figured that out

Anyway, YMMV...
Wheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2004, 07:06 AM   #19 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
HeyPK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Soggy Central Mississippi
Posts: 4,696
iTrader Ratings: 25
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
HeyPK is a valuable member of the community HeyPK is a valuable member of the community HeyPK is a valuable member of the community
Default

I started out fifty years ago with some guppies and some plants. The guppies did fine, but the plants all died, and so I started focusing on the plants. Now, I know that the problem was very hard water and no iron, because I was planting in washed gravel. Thats what the book said to do! Slowly, over the years, I made discoveries about benefits of soil, lower light levels (that works better when nutrients are limiting), nutrients, use of rain water, etc. I did it all by trial and error, and the greatest pleasures came from the experimenting, especially when the experiments worked!

If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way. If there had been a book that told me how to do everything, I probably would have lost interest in the hobby. I like the experimenting. Every tank of mine is an experiment of some kind or other.
HeyPK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2004, 08:19 AM   #20 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 40
iTrader Ratings: 0
Chuck H is a regular member
Default

If I had it to do over...

I would spend more time in front of my tanks enjoying them instead of working on them all the time.

I would spend my time caring for and observing the plants rather than trying to starve and kill algae.

I would not spend good money on plants at the LFS when those same plants grow natively in the lakes etc. near my house. The same goes for driftwood and rocks.

I would go with compressed CO2 right away rather than change umpteen million bottles of yeast brew.

I would not waste so much money on halfass test kits and buy good ones right off the bat.

I'd rob a bank to feed my addiction.
Chuck H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Aquatic Plant Central > Welcome Forums! > New to Planted Aquariums > If you could do it over again...

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1