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Old 03-18-2006, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have had a fish tank in my house for a long time. I have a 55g that I normally have just fish and have had ghost shrimp in. I lost all of my fish to a sickness and will be starting from new. I normally can medicate the fish and fix things but this wasnt the case this time. So I plan on pitching everything on the inside and cleaning up mt magnum filter very good and doing a planted aquarium.

I have read a ton on this site, but still find myself lacking alot of knowledge. Do you guys think you could help me? I plan on getting some driftwood as decor. After having Pacus that were over 12" each I plan on putting smaller fish in schools in the tank. I will be putting snails and shrimp in there also. I was thinking of a clam and crayfish but after reading a but it seems they may be more of a headache then there worth.

I dont want to spend a ton of money ( dont want my wife yelling at me ) and since this is my first I plan on low light easier plants. I was thinking for a substrate of getting Laterite and mixing it with some black gravel.

Any suggestions on plants and fish? Plus how does my substrate sound? Any help would be beneficial.

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Old 03-18-2006, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Bill,

First welcome to apc! Check out this link for some great info for beginners: http://www.aquatic-plants.org/articl...ges/index.html.

For plants you might want to look at the plantfinder here on apc and use 'low light' to filter your results. Once you think you might want certain plants, you can put a 'wanted' ad on the for sale forum and see if any member has some they can offer, or check some of our sponsors for plants as well.

It sounds like you don't have to spend too much, since you have the tank, filter, I assume heater as well. So you will need appropriate lighting, plant nutrients (ferts), and perhaps some substrate modification/addition. Welcome aboard!
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Thanks Bert. The site is helpful. Does anyone else have any advice?
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If you want a black substrate go for Eco Complete. It's black and you don't have to mix it with anything as it has all you need in a first planted tank. You can get it at www.aquariumplants.com at a good price. Don't put any epoxy covered gravel! With fish do some research with respect of their compatibility with plants and each other.
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