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30 gallon planted tank update

Well yesterday i took out all of my gravel and put in my eco complete substrate.

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any one like it?

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is the back of the background black? if so, you might want to use the black side. it will make your plants and fish pop out.
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is the back of the background black? if so, you might want to use the black side. it will make your plants and fish pop out.
I agree.

If you are planning to have more plants in your setup, having a plain background would be less distracting.

I see you are off to a good start. Keep it going!
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Take off the sticker!! Use the wet paper towel.
Other than that, when the plants fill in it will look nice.
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Take off the sticker!! Use the wet paper towel.
Other than that, when the plants fill in it will look nice.
it not a sticker.... and thanks

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I agree.

If you are planning to have more plants in your setup, having a plain background would be less distracting.

I see you are off to a good start. Keep it going!
ok i will thanks

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Great job, kiddo. I like your tank already. You are off to a wonderful start. Keep it up and welcome to the greener side of the hobby. P.S. I like the stand. Where did you get it?

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Hey great start you have here! I see you have been keeping fish for 8 years, but is this your first planted tank? If it is, then you are certainly off to a GREAT start! I have a 30g planted tank too, I personally think it's a great size!

What is the piece of equipment in the center of the tank on the back wall? It looks like an airstone but it also looks like it has a power cord? I've never seen anything like it, and as someone that has bubble walls or air stones in all of my tanks, I'm very curious about it!

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Always glad to see another journal starting

I too will throw out a question / suggestion with everyone else
If that is an Amazon Sword plant in the center front I would move it while it's little. Center it more in the tank from front to back and expect it to get pretty AND big when it settles in and starts growing. Placing it more in the center allows it produce the huge center piece plant it will become without crowding the glass.

Guessing I see rainbow fish, cory, and a pleco?

When things settle in I think this tank will look great with the darker substrate.

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It looks like you are off to a great start! I have to agree with wkndracer on the plant. I would move it now while its easier to move. What are the names of the stem plants? They look like Ludwigias but its hard to see them on this tiny computer
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good advice on moving that sword now Wknd & Chad, the roots on those get HUGE making it harder to move. That also reminded me to point out that it looks like you have those stem plants pretty close together, if you spread them out more they will grow in a bit better and will fill in nicely

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nice start! i will 3rd moving the sword, and 2nd the bubbler question.

looking forward to seeing it fill in!

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A quick google and I found that bubble wand.
http://www.marineland.com/sites/mari...l.aspx?id=3385

Personally I don't use them because they tend to take co2 out of the water, at least that is what I've read all over this site and others.

It is a good looking tank btw.

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