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Old 05-01-2015, 08:24 PM   #1
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My 55 gallon aquarium


Hi! My name is Valerie. I've been keeping fish for years but only small tanks. I'm so thrilled that i finally have room for a big one. My husband bought me this. Best gift ever! I'm sure you'll notice I have no plants. I'm hoping to get a planted setup next spring. Until then, I'm here to learn all I can.
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Welcome !!!! You'll love the stuff on this site. =)
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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Welcome !!!! You'll love the stuff on this site. =)
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:26 PM   #4
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Welcome...
Collecting info first is a good start. Tank looks nice already...
You'll find that light to be in the low level. This link will get you a start
on plants that will grow in that light level. The second thread/link will
help you to understand growing plants. It talks quite a bit about injected CO2.
That is not a requirement except for high light.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=56042
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...php?t=107303#2
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Welcome to the planted aquarium hobby! Your tank is pretty nice too with the piece of driftwood. A jungle aquascape is perfect for that. And remember, light, co2, and fertilizers always have to be balanced. Without the proper balance (the mistake I made when I started), you'll run into problems.

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Thanks! I love my driftwood. <3. My light is only 40 watts. Figured I'd have to upgrade it before anything would grow besides algae.
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Okay! I replaced my gravel with playground sand, so of course the undergravel filter had to go. My sponge filter came in the mail today and I really like it. Of course, now my tank is not cycled at all. Oh well, it's VERY understocked, so with frequent water changes, it'll be fine.
Turned out one of my pieces of driftwood was just an old stick and it started to smell pretty bad, so it had to go. I don't really love the arrangement of my driftwood now, but my black neons needed a break from the giant arm monster, so I'll work on it more tomorrow or Monday. I'm open to suggestions for the arrangement.
Now I just need light and plants!
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