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Old 02-24-2004, 11:22 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Chuck! Well said!

Great advice! Folks, please remember to enjoy your aquarium! That's the point.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:14 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I'd like to resurrect this ancient thread. As a newbie I'd like to hear more stories to get me in the right direction.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:18 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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If I could do it all over again, I would do the setup only 2 40 gallon tanks. One low light and one high light.

For High Light

(1) Buy the best substrate to start the tank. ADA Aquasoil original or II. Yeah it costs more, but I consider it a one time expense for a substrate with about a 10 year life span which would last the life of the setup.

(2) Pressurized C02 with top of line regulator from Rex Grigg to avoid c02 inconsistency. Again, you get what you pay for and the last thing I want to worry about is a regulator malfunction.

(3) I would better plan placement of the tank and not do my typical jungle theme. I would add 15% floating plants and some fast growing "healthy" stem plants and jam pack the tank with "healthy" plants as an anti-algae measure.

(4) Estimative Index Fertilization.

(5) I would purchase top of the line 2x55 watt AH supply bright light kit for lighting.

(6) The fish would include Black mollies, Bristlenose pleco, Rosy Barbs, Florida Flagfish, otocats, and Amano Shrimp.

For Low Tech

(1) Jam pack tank with low light plants. Anubias, java moss, java ferns, crypts, etc.

(2) Better focus on plant placement and aquascaping from the start before plant growth takes off.

(3) No more than 80 watts compact fluorescent or T5 lighting.

(4) No c02 but Seachem Excel for Carbon.

(5) Hardy fish like black skirt tetras, zebra danios, other tetras, etc.,
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #24 (permalink)
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If I could start over again I would know what I know now that I didn't know then. I would know what "heavily planted" means. I would know the importance of good water circulation. I would know much more about how to plant the plants. I would have a budget for the entire setup, facing the actual total cost, to prevent me from saving a penny here and a penny there. I would have an ADA tank with a pendant light fixture. I would have one or two schools of colorful fish, otos, and shrimp - no loaches.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:52 AM   #25 (permalink)
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So, how would you explain "heavily planted" now?
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:35 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I would have bought a puppy instead...


Thanks for reviving this thread...good read... gives me some things to think about.

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I would not put as many fish into my tank. More fish does not necessarily make it better.

But drawf loaches are cool and like to be in a school.
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Off the top of my head... here's some stuff that I should have done right off the bat.

I would invest in the right lighting for my tank, the first time around. Less money after all is said and done.

Definitely plant heavily, plant early.

Ask more questions.

Plan/draw out an aquascape and stick as close to plans as possible.

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Old 02-07-2008, 04:43 PM   #29 (permalink)
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So, how would you explain "heavily planted" now?
Heavily planted means covering the substrate with plants about 2 cm apart. Those can be stem plants planted one stem at a time, plus midground plants, either rosette type or stems, and "lawn" type plants planted one sprig at a time. Big areas of bare substrate aren't in a "heavily planted" tank.
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I would have researched how to grow plants and what i want in a tank a long time ago.
I would have kept my 29 gallon as a quarentine tank.
I still need to look around my local area for plants and driftwood.
I would have setup my light timer as soon as i got the light intsead of leaving the light on for way too long and getting the gwa im dealing with.
And probably a lot more stuff, maybe ill add later.

And hoppy, who no loaches? Im thinking of getting one to control my snails.
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