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I used to keep cichlids (lovely, peaceful Tanganyikans) but haven't had a tank for about 10 years. Renewing my interest and wanting to try a low-tech planted tank. So just starting my research. Happy to be here!

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Hello!! Welcome to The Planted Tank!!! If you have a low tech planted tank, I personally think a school of cardinal tetras and a pair or 2 of honey gouramis and maybe some cory catfish all in a 55-75 gallon. It all depends on what you personal preference is and your imagination!! Do you have any idea what kind of fish you are interested in(eg. amazon biotope, south American community, African community, plant safe cichlids, etc.)?
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I used to keep cichlids (lovely, peaceful Tanganyikans) but haven't had a tank for about 10 years. Renewing my interest and wanting to try a low-tech planted tank. So just starting my research. Happy to be here!

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Welcome! Before you fall too far down the rabbit hole of internet searching, I would recommend a trip to your local fish stores. That will likely give you an idea of what sort of plants and fish do best in the water you have in your area. Working within the parameters you have is much less stressful than becoming invested in plants/fish that aren't available or easy to care for in your area! That said...I just had a super cool plant mailed from all the way across the country, so...maybe I should take my own advice? LOL

Anyway, happy you're here!
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Welcome! Before you fall too far down the rabbit hole of internet searching, I would recommend a trip to your local fish stores. That will likely give you an idea of what sort of plants and fish do best in the water you have in your area. Working within the parameters you have is much less stressful than becoming invested in plants/fish that aren't available or easy to care for in your area! That said...I just had a super cool plant mailed from all the way across the country, so...maybe I should take my own advice? LOL

Anyway, happy you're here!
Thank you for the welcome! I've been doing a bit of research on plants for our water - hard, alkaline - my area is a hot-bed of Texas Limestone (think that lovely holey rock in so many cichlid tanks - dig a little in any backyard in the area, and you'll hit a wall of the stuff). Fortunately, it sounds like most of the plants that are decent for beginners & low tech should do fine.

Now fish... that's the tough one! I absolutely adored my cichlids, but they just won't work in a smaller tank (no room for a big one right now) or with the plants. But I am hopeful I can still put together a pretty tank with some personality.

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Hello!! Welcome to The Planted Tank!!! If you have a low tech planted tank, I personally think a school of cardinal tetras and a pair or 2 of honey gouramis and maybe some cory catfish all in a 55-75 gallon. It all depends on what you personal preference is and your imagination!! Do you have any idea what kind of fish you are interested in(eg. amazon biotope, south American community, African community, plant safe cichlids, etc.)?
Thank you for the welcome!
I'd love to go that big, but we just don't have the space right now. I'm looking at a 20 long. I have hard, alkaline water (gotta love central TX!). Fortunately, an amazing number of fish can do well in our water, but it does eliminate some. It does seem that our water falls within the parameters for gouramis, so dwarf guaramis are an option. I'd love to hear any ideas!

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The African cichlid Dwarf Shell Dweller is small and likes hard alkaline water. They are fascinating fish. I have no experience keeping them, but I have heard they are good.

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The African cichlid Dwarf Shell Dweller is small and likes hard alkaline water. They are fascinating fish. I have no experience keeping them, but I have heard they are good.
I had some multis as part of my Tangyanikan community tank way back when. They are *wonderful* little fish and full of personality. But they wouldn't even leave an anubias alone if they wanted that space for a shell. LOL
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Congo tetras? Those are African and should like your water. You should do a peaceful African biotope, with anubias and maybe Congo Tetras. dwarf frogs are african, as are upside down catfish. They would be good. Platys are also native to your area and can thrive in a toilet, so they might be a good option.

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Welcome Lisa. Just an FYI, under "General Planted Tank Forums" there is a section for local aquarium shops that is broken down by states. You might get some feedback on where other members go in your area. Good luck

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Congo tetras? Those are African and should like your water. You should do a peaceful African biotope, with anubias and maybe Congo Tetras. dwarf frogs are african, as are upside down catfish. They would be good. Platys are also native to your area and can thrive in a toilet, so they might be a good option.
ROFLMAO - thrive in a toilet! Guess I need to research platys. They are a bit of a goofy-looking fish, so I am interested! Do you know if they have much personality?

must also go research congo tetras...

Thank you for the ideas!

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Welcome Lisa. Just an FYI, under "General Planted Tank Forums" there is a section for local aquarium shops that is broken down by states. You might get some feedback on where other members go in your area. Good luck
Thank you! I happened across an aquarium club in the area (not listed on the forum you mentioned, though), so I will start there. I'm also familiar with a few local shops from my cichlid-keeping days. I will keep an eye on that forum, though, in case anything else shows up or be sure to ask if I end up on the hunt for anything specific. Thank you for the guidance!
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If your water is really hard you might be limited. Like others said you want to go with what does well in your water. So African rift lake cichlids thrive in your water. Plants that do well in hard water, Java fern, Anubias, and if you have the right lighting vallisneria. But some cichlids destroy plants so pick you poison.
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