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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-21-2005, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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New to forum, tank pics and question...

I just recently found plantedtank.net and have found it to be a great resource. I am in the process of setting up a planted tank. It is a 40 gal breeder with 2 2xODNO 20wT12's and 1 NO 20wT12. I am not sure of what this makes the wattage come out to and any help with this calculation would be appreciated.

Here is a shot of my tank as it stands today. It still has lots of work to go.


I am planning on installing pressurized CO2 but have yet to do it. I already have a tank and regulator from an old kegerator and just need a needle valve and some tubing. I am also planning on adding lots of plants.

This tank will be a native fish only tank with fish I catch locally here in Arkansas. Here is a pic of my favorite fish so far that I have caught. It is a rainbow darter. There are 5 males and 3 females in the tank currenlty.


Does anyone know what type of moss/plant that is pictured above. I collected it locally as well and figured I would give it a try as I liked the look of it.
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I didnt know fish like that existed in the US in the wild, thats a nice looking one
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It sure is a nice looking fish. Can't seem to id the moss properly.
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I didnt know fish like that existed in the US in the wild, thats a nice looking one
I didn't know, either. That's pretty cool.

You might want to get a smaller-grained gravel before sticking rooted plants in. Maybe try Eco-Complete? What is the pH of the water rainbow darters are found in? I found some info on them; they like a temperature of 39 - 64F., so you can keep plants that can tolerate cool water. This ought to be interesting.

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Cabomba is a plant that likes cooler temps I believe...and its native to the US.

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The moss looks like Fontinalis antipyretica, but I'm not 100% sure ...
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Thanks for the comments and answers.

The rainbow darter is found in relatively cool waters although many people have had great success keeping them in temps ranging into the 70's. I guess I will see how it goes.

I am waiting on a shipment of eco-complete now. I ordered it a week ago, so it should be here anytime. I hope it doesn't cloud the water like I have seen pictures of it doing.

I will look into that scientific name for the moss. Thanks!
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There is a guy named Dr. Tan (in singapore I think) who has been identifying aquatic mosses for members on other forums. I would try to get in touch with, and send him a sample of your moss. Since you know exactly where it comes from, there is a good chance he can identify it, or at least give you a genus name. They might even send you a sample of Taiwan or Singapore moss for your trouble . . . killies.com . . . I didn't say that . . .
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I would definetaly say the moss is a Fontinalis species. I see this moss when I go fishing, mostly in fast water growing on shale. I have a small amount of it in my tank now.
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