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My first Fish Tank

I received a nice surprise post Christmas of my wife's willingness to get me a Fish Tank! We saw a Petsmart sale on tanks so we headed out. On the way, we stopped for gas and what not and I won $200 off a scratchers ticket!

I now have a Aquean 26 gallon bow front that I've been obsessing over for last two weeks or so.

Here are some pictures of what my tanks has gone through, I also added it to the Tank Tracker thingy on this site.

The first photo is how I initially set it up the day we got it with all silk plants.

The second photo, we took out all the silks and replaced them with real plants from PetsMart/Co to increase the oxygen levels for one of the fish breeds we wanted (Roseline Shark).

and the third photo is what it looks like today after finding out that most of the stuff from PetsMart/Co was not fully aquatic and pulling it out and replacing it with stuff from a local fish store. And we added a black background.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 02:52 PM
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If you want to grow plants, I would suggest you get at least a basic enriched substrate. Replace that inert gravel with a regular bag of Flourite (not red/black). Not only does it have goodies for the plants in it but it also looks far more natural then painted pebbles. Your plants will love you for it.

Flourite does require a great deal of rinsing. If you use a metal strainer to rinse it (a cup at a time) you can collect all the tiny particles that fall through the strainer and graduate the substrate from larger chunks at the front to smaller ones towards the back. This helps greatly in giving your tank a better sense of depth.

Enjoy the hobby,

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I hope these plants work out better for you! I'm always surprised at what some places will sell as aquatic, regular house plants that I know aren't! Your tank looks great, I hope it brings you many hours of enjoyment!

(sorry, a little too much coffee this morning, I seem extra perky with all my !!!)


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