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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Starting my 1st planted tank

Hi everyone! I am new around here and to forums. I currently own 19 fish tanks, two of which have a little val grass and moss, and a few other plants people have thrown in on ebay orders recently. Seeing how these plants have effected the aquariums and fish, I have decided I want to start an all plant aquarium with cherry shrimp, snails and as a holding tank for baby angelfish.

My reason for cherry shrimp, snails and baby angelfish is because after a year of tring to have baby angelfish from my pair of Koi's, I tried a funny thing 3.5 weeks ago: I threw in about 8 free swimming angelfish fry into my cherry shrimp tank!! This tank has been up and running for about 8 months, has christmas moss, a couple vals pink ramshorns and ohhh I forget the name but gold dotty pond looking snails. Iv tried everything to raise angelfish eggs and fry. And low and behold they lived in this tank!!! So I want to make a larger replica but add loads of more plants.

Its kinda of an experiment, I am no expert. I just love aquariums! Im an old school fish tank hobbyist, I am just learning all the new stuff out there, I have no clue whats what, I just love aquariums. I spend a pretty penny on them and fish. So help me out with this new tank and lets see what happens!


A SPONGE FILTER, And corner filter with established bio from 10gallon shrimp tank.
AN ISLAND OF ROCKS (PIC LATER ) when i learn how lol..
And just today added pool filter sand.
Ordered a canister filter on ebay today.
No light yet, Tank infront of large bay window.
No heat yet.

So that's the start of my planted tank!

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What lighting??? Should I use. I have the tank in direct sunlight, do you think I need more lighting? I really want to experiment with just sunlight, does anyone have person experience?
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We just use a near by lamp over top the fish tank of my sons tank. it is a simple 30 gallon tank and therefore doesn't need much, and honestly the light is more to tell fish that it is breakfast time. I have always tried to keep fish tanks away from windows and sunlight as it tends to get algae easier then as well as harder to regulate the temp when you don't have a heater. Canister filters are wonderful, but with baby angel fish, make sure you have a sponge filter over top the intake.

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You really don't want the tank in direct sunlight, or really even in indirect sunlight. You'll get a ton of algae and like the other commenter mentioned, it will be very hard to regulate your temp--on a hot/sunny day you might boil your fish. Maybe it's been done successfully, but I've never seen that...

Your angelfish will also eat your shrimp, no question.
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