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My 1st planted tank

Well here's my first planted tank. Still deciding whether to put Geos, Rams, or Discus in the tank. It's a 55g planted - I did the best I could with the depth since it's only a foot deep. 130watts PC, No ferts or anything special.



One of the inhabitants - A Neon Tetra:
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My only critique is that the anubias and ferns aren't attached to rocks, otherwise it is a great scape and you have good camera skills.
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wow that looks great!

i know exactly the same problem... i have the same tank! i have a feeling you will want to pull out a sword or two later on.. we will see. i would also suggest some joungle vals to give some diffrent leafage!

not sure what "geos" are but i think it would be a great tank for some rams and angles or discus... angles are a much easier choice over discus and there are some very nice types like gold lace pearlscales and such. i would also suggest a pair or a few bush nose plecos the albino are popular and well priced now if you look around check the swap and shop section as well as AquaBid.com - Sell or buy aquarium related equipment and fish in an auction format!

what are the current list of inhabitants? i would also STRONGLY suggest a army of MTS aka malaysion trumpet snails to shift your sand bed. there are a few forum members who have them for sale regularly. i would recomend dodgefreak8

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nice VALS and angels would be GREAT!
maybe a couple more rocks! and i hope everything flourishes
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Looks like a very good start. But watch it with the swords as they will grow very large in the 55 gal. I had this problem 8 years ago with only 2 swords. Also you might want to be adding some sort of ferts to the substrate as the swords are a huge on taking ferts threw there roots.
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great start! get those plants rooting in wood


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Welcome to PT. I must say that is a simple yet very stunning planted tank setup. Despite it's simplicity,it really caught my attention and is really beautiful. Perhaps you may want to take up the suggestions posted by the others about having some vals to vary the leafage as well as to grow the anubius and ferns on wood.
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you have good camera skills.

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I vote Apistos, 55g is perfect for a nice colony. They are great soft acidic water fish.

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Thanks very much for the replies. I will eventually begin to plant the ferns and anubias to small pieces of driftwood. My list of inhabitants are 8 Neons and 3 Corys. I'm really looking for a fish that's a decent size, and one that people can actually focus on, rather than the little tetras.
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Angels or Discus would look nice in there.

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If i were you,i would not go with angels and discus if i am planning to keep some shrimps in the tank. Furthermore,large groups of small shoaling fishes like tetra would give your tank alot of depth.But that is just me,after keeping discus and angels,i regretted not being able to keep shrimps which are really such beauties in a large tank.
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not sure what "geos" are but i think it would be a great tank for some rams

Geophagus sp.

Also known as eartheaters.

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Great tank! Love your display. One thing I don't know if you had discus or not but Cardinals would be better for the discu8s tank. Neons are like snacks for the discus. What Id personally do its get a xp3 Rena filestar so its an added 5gallons then I would put 6 discus in there. Adults because you will stunt there growth if you put them in the planted tank. Also 10g per discus or 15 depending on how many water changes.

Good luck and hope to see what you decide on soon.
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great start! get those plants rooting in wood
is there a reason that anubias has to be planted on wood/rocks and not in the substrate? mines seems to be doing just fine in the substrate (fine being a relative term given the state of the tank...)

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