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Old 11-23-2011, 02:08 AM   #1
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Need help with new Plant Tank


Hi all, I live in Nampa, we have a 50 gal and 29 gal with mollies, tetras, barbs, cory cats, platies and even a guppy. We just got a 20 gal, kit at Pet smart we had to get the lighting for live plants.

This is the first time we have tried live plants so we thought it would be best to have a tank to learn with. We did buy some plants 1. White Ribbon, 1 Onion Plant, 1 Windelow Java Fernand 1 Narrow Leaf Java Fern. We set up the tank today and now waiting for the temp. to rise to 78 to 80.

Now I need to know if we are doing this correct, and when will the tank be ready to add some fish and what kind is best for the little tank.

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
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the white ribbon plant isnt aquatic and will rot. the onion plant i believe isnt aquatic either.
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also you need to cycle the tank using pure ammonia or a raw shrimp
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:41 AM   #4
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You can use filter media from your other two tanks (if they are healthy) to jumpstart the filter on your new tank. I have found that I can immediately cycle a tank with using sponges from my existing tanks. I generally keep an extra filter running, just to have nicely seeded sponges.

The onion could be a crinum, which is aquatic.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:44 AM   #5
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You can do a nice little planted tank with a 20 gallon. It isn't so big as to be overwhelming. Also, it is big enough for a few shoals of nice fish. What would you like to do in this tank? Do you have any fish in mind?

A nice piece of driftwood for a centrepiece would look good, too.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:24 AM   #6
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I really do not know what kind of fish is best for a 20 gal. Plant tank. What I am hoping for is more of a plant garden and just a few fish. I am thinking of rainbow and/or swordtails.

Someone told me I should not put catfish in that tank, but I feel it should be ok with Cory cats. But I don’t really know.

I love working in my flower beds and veggie garden in the spring/summer. And I do enjoy my fish tanks, so I’m hoping with some help from people that have worked with water plants and fish can help me do this right.

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what about
8-fork tailed rainbows
1-male swordtail OR 2-female swordtails
8-corys (habrosus, pygmy,hastatus,julii,peppered,albino,etc)
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
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I really do not know what kind of fish is best for a 20 gal. Plant tank. What I am hoping for is more of a plant garden and just a few fish. I am thinking of rainbow and/or swordtails.

Someone told me I should not put catfish in that tank, but I feel it should be ok with Cory cats. But I donít really know.

I love working in my flower beds and veggie garden in the spring/summer. And I do enjoy my fish tanks, so Iím hoping with some help from people that have worked with water plants and fish can help me do this right.

Cheryl in Nampa
Hi Cheryl!

If you add male and female swordtails keep in mind you will probably have to catch babies eventually and it isn't always easy in a planted tank.

As others have said your tank needs to cycle before adding any fish. You wont know if its cycled if you don't test it and watch the cycling so you know when it has finished.

What kind of substrate did you use? Are you going to use co2? Which lighting did you buy?

We have a local aquarium club where a lot of the members keep planted tanks. You are welcome to join us at

http://treasurevalleyaquariumclub.com/

click the link that says TVAC Forum and register to join us in the forum.
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