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"The Lakebottom" -20 Gallon Lightly Planted

This tank has bveen up an running for about a month now. Currently I just have Wisteria, Moneywort, and some Anacharis, but I'm going to be looking for some plants to put in there. Does anyone have any suggestions? I dont have access to alot of places that sell plants.

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2 Guppies
3 Otos

We used to have three Rosy Red MInnows in there for cycle, but they actually got very aggressive and killed two guppies right in front of us. We may be getting a black moor because I think they are interesting fish, and adorable.

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-Top Fin 20 Power Filter
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(....I am new to this. xD)

I'll be looking to upgrade the filter because of the black moor. I'll probably take the Power Filter 20 and stick it on the 10 gal quarentine I need to get. I only have a one gallon unfiltered right now. Dx I'm driving my parents crazy.....
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Red Tiger lotus, or another of the lotus plants wold be nice. I have three different ones in my tank, and they are Awesome. The ones I have include a dwarf red tiger lotus, a regular tiger lotus, and one that is more green. The color is more iridescent than anything else. And the combo of all three sets up a kind of step look to the plant.
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black moors are cold water and not tropical best to stay away.


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Are those shells on the bottom, or stones? Shells will tend to cause problems with hardness and pH. (unless you want both to be high)

I have seen shells for sale in pet stores that have been treated with a varnish to allow their use in aquaria.

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Looks like something was grazin on your Anacharis!!
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I like it! Vert "lake boddemish!"

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@problemman The tank is kept at 75 degrees, a bit low for the guppies and otos and a bit high for the goldfish, but I'm sure he'll be fine. From what I know, the goldfish are good from the sixties to 75 and the guppies/otos from seventy/seventy-five up to eighty.

@Noahma I dont know where I could get access to it. The lfs doesnt sell too many plants, and the only other place I have is walmart and petsmart/petco.

@Powchekny Both. I have a mix of rocks and shells in there. Most of the shells were thrown in there by our young neighbors and they didnt quite like it when I said I'd have to take them out. The ph is at about 7.5 right now, from the water test I did at petsmart last week.

@guitarsrmine Haha, actually, that was me pulling off all of the dead leaves. I had the temp up to about 80 before, and since Anacharis is usually coldwater, it started to loose it's leaves. It's growing back happily now.

@JakeJ Thanks!

The black moor is acclimating right now. I removed some of the sharper stones and shells and a twig, and so far, he's being quite the happy little huge eyed fish.

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*3 Otos

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@problemman The tank is kept at 75 degrees, a bit low for the guppies and otos and a bit high for the goldfish, but I'm sure he'll be fine. From what I know, the goldfish are good from the sixties to 75 and the guppies/otos from seventy/seventy-five up to eighty.

@Noahma I dont know where I could get access to it. The lfs doesnt sell too many plants, and the only other place I have is walmart and petsmart/petco.

@Powchekny Both. I have a mix of rocks and shells in there. Most of the shells were thrown in there by our young neighbors and they didnt quite like it when I said I'd have to take them out. The ph is at about 7.5 right now, from the water test I did at petsmart last week.

@guitarsrmine Haha, actually, that was me pulling off all of the dead leaves. I had the temp up to about 80 before, and since Anacharis is usually coldwater, it started to loose it's leaves. It's growing back happily now.

@JakeJ Thanks!

The black moor is acclimating right now. I removed some of the sharper stones and shells and a twig, and so far, he's being quite the happy little huge eyed fish.
believe it or not I got my bulbs for the red lotus from Walmart. They are in the bet area sold as aquarium plants, they are in a two pack of bulbs. Just push the bulb 3/4 way into the substrate and leave it. It might take 30-45 days to start showing any signs of life. It will start a root system, which you will not see for a bit before any leaves come out.
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@Noahma Thank you! I'll be looking for those. I have seen those at walmart, but never really payed any attention.

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*Blue male betta named Jester

-20 Gallon Lightly Planted
*2 Guppies
*3 Otos

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l'm curious as to what type of plants you were looking for? since i'm only 2.5 hours away l could always send ya some free of charge just to help ya out on your aquascaping journey.
One tip on the wisteria, you might wanna relocate it on the far back since the stems always seem to grow very tall, but on the positive side the look of the leaves change on the type of light they get wether it be strong or low so that makes it a unique choice. lf it happens to grow too tall for your tank you could always trim it and replant it.

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@Noahma Thank you! I'll be looking for those. I have seen those at walmart, but never really payed any attention.
you are quite welcome.
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l'm curious as to what type of plants you were looking for? since i'm only 2.5 hours away l could always send ya some free of charge just to help ya out on your aquascaping journey.
One tip on the wisteria, you might wanna relocate it on the far back since the stems always seem to grow very tall, but on the positive side the look of the leaves change on the type of light they get wether it be strong or low so that makes it a unique choice. lf it happens to grow too tall for your tank you could always trim it and replant it.
it is kind of a cool plant. The upper ends of mine get the narrow leaves, whereas the bottom seem to be getting the very broad leaf.
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l'm curious as to what type of plants you were looking for? since i'm only 2.5 hours away l could always send ya some free of charge just to help ya out on your aquascaping journey.
One tip on the wisteria, you might wanna relocate it on the far back since the stems always seem to grow very tall, but on the positive side the look of the leaves change on the type of light they get wether it be strong or low so that makes it a unique choice. lf it happens to grow too tall for your tank you could always trim it and replant it.

Thank you for the offer, but I have to decline. My parents would kill me if anything came from someone on the net.

I'll see what I can do about the wisteria. Thanks!

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*Blue male betta named Jester

-20 Gallon Lightly Planted
*2 Guppies
*3 Otos

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no prob just don't say l didn't try :P and i understand. you're parents only want you to be safe from strangers so it's perfectly natural. Let me know if l can be any help to you. l myself like to help out beginners, actually i take that back l like to help out everybody i can, because i know how hard it is coming into the hobby not knowing a lot of the complicated stuff the experienced fishkeepers know. Anyways l wish you luck in your tank!

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Thanks again, Shadow.

Well, my black moor had a serious ick breakout a few days ago. I had seen some white spots on him at petsmart, but I thought it was just his coloring since it was on his fins. It was not. It got on one of the guppies which has been treated successfully. I got rid of the ick on the black moor two nights ago and when I woke up there was so much ick i could barely see the fish. It was...extremely weird. I have never seen ick do that, ever. Not just in my experience, but others. He died in the net before I could put him back into the hospital tank, as I was trying to even out the temps.

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