New to this...help me out please.
So after about a 15 years away from the world of aquariums, my daughter recieved a couple of guppies from her teacher's class room tank this year. We got her a little 10 gallon tank, got it set up and cycled, added the guppies and took her to the store to get more fish. While we were there we grabbed a few live plants. I've never kept live plants before, but thought we'd give them a try. I've been utterly amazed at the stability of this 10 gallon tank since the plants have been in there. Admittedly, this tank is probably overstocked, but it consistently test out at 0/0/0. We are still doing 20% water changes weekly, but it just seems to be amazingly stable with virtually no build up of nitrates. I've attached a pic of her tank as it sits now. We may add some more plants later, but its kinda hard to want to mess with it.
This got me interested in planted tanks. I decided to start one of my own. I got a nice little 20 gallon long and decided to go for it. Specs are as follows:
20 gallon long tank
Aqueon 100 watt heater
Aqueon dual t5 lights (2X18watt ) 1 at 6700k, 1 at colormax
Tank is all set up and fishless cycling. See attached pic.
I definately want to start with low tech and I know this will limit my plant selection. I've found a great list of low tech plants in a sticky on this forum. I plant only use the plants on the sticky.
I guess I'm mostly looking for confirmation that this set up will work with these plants and some pointers for aquascaping it to get the most out of it with the plants on the sticky. Any tips and pointers are greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Onkore; 07-09-2012 at 04:19 PM.
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