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Hello, n00b here in Orlando, FL

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Hello, everybody.

I'm definitely new to the hobby. I just started my first aquarium about 2-3 months ago and got it stuck in my head that I wanted to make it planted. It just seems like a good idea to give the fishies something real to swim around in. This place seems like a wealth of information, so I'm looking forward to lurking some and learning as much as possible.

I've got a fully cycled, healthy 20 gallon high tank that's pretty much stocked, fish-wise. Four neon tetras (gonna add 2 more, I think), four white skirt tetras, two dwarf gouramis, and a panda garra. I'm still trying to locate plants that will work with my stock low-light setup at my lfs. Right now I've got some java fern, a ruffled sword, and some something-tropica rosette plant that seems to be growing a lot. Unfortunately my favorite fish place around Orlando is recovering from an algae bloom and hasn't restocked in a while, so I haven't found much more to add. I definitely need to add both tall and short plants, just haven't figured out what will work yet.

Thanks, and I'm happy to be here :)
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Welcome to the forum. You're find this very helpful, as I have. I started this hobby in June and have learnt a tremendous amount here.

What lighting are you using and what substrate are you using for the tank? Also, please share your water change frequency.

The pH might be alright if you're populating the tank with tetras, otos or any fish from the amazon region.

However, the bulb seems like it is more suitable for a salt water aquarium. I've only seen people go up to 10,000K for freshwater tanks. I hope others in the forum can add to this discussion.

If you're not using any fish that jump, then you may choose to leave it open, but you're going to lose a lot of water to evaporation.

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