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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-25-2007, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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First attempt at a planted aquarium









This is my 29 set up. It's only been running for a few days. I want to get the plants established and everything cycled before I put fish in.

Running a fluval 205 canister

coralife 65 watt compact linear strip fluorescent which i hope to upgrade later

currently no Co2 but am working on getting that set up.

Any tips on plants or anything suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-25-2007, 04:30 AM
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This is a great start! 65W should be enough. You might want to move the outflow of the filter closer to the surface.

What are the specs?
-Dimension of the aquarium
-substrate
-plants
-water parameters
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-25-2007, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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The tank is 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 3/4

Using eco complete as substrate

Water is ph of 7.2
gh is around 140
KH is around 110 maybe 120

I havnt had the $ to buy a good liquid test kit so I'm using strips a friend has for now.

I want to move the out flow a little closer and I'll probably do that in the morning.

Right now I have

Dwarf baby tears up front in the middle
Rosette sword in the back right corner along with some octopus grass i think its called
hornwort on the back left side of the tank which i don't think i like too much
Anubias Nana tied to the piece of drift wood
Ruffle sword in between the hornwort and the rosette sword
I cant remember the name of the plant in the front left corner it's a type of sword though.


I've already changed my tank around twice lol so many options of plants and what to do its overwhelming.
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Every start is a good start because its the only way to learn. As always my suggestion is to load the tank up with fast growing stem plants...the more the better and get some cheapy starter fish in there as well to create some bio's for the tank. Feeder guppys always worked well and you can get them out when you are established and ready for whatever fish you would like to keep.

Good looking start...
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Will the ammonia and everything hurt the plants? I will have to pick up a few crap fish today. Thanks for the advice.
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The more fast growing stems you have in there the better. They help to control algae which can be a monster in the first few months (especially with no CO2).
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Nice start. A couple 2 or three small fish won't hurt at all, just go easy on the food. Small water changes once or so a week will be good for the plants. I just started a 55 gal a few weeks ago with the eco complete too, it works great. I have 14 small fancy guppies in there too a friend gave me.


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