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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Saint Louis

Wasnt sure if you guys normally did intros here or if so where to put it.

Hello, I am Nicole. I have had aquariums for about 7 years now and have always wanted to do a planted one (well, more then the couple that I would randomly throw in and hope for the best with ). I have a 20g that has been sitting empty for awhile (well really 2 but only going to use one for the time being) and a 55g that very recently became empty when I woke up one day last week to find every single fish in my african tank dead...still not totally sure what happened there but I am suspecting (as I found a chair pulled up to it) that my 2 year old tried to feed the fish, and fed them something like vinegar (he likes to help clean the house too). I am trying not to think about it too much as it is sad and some of those fish I have had since the beginning

So, I am throwing myself into planning and researching turning those two tanks into planted tanks. I have some rough plans starting, some fish stocking ideas going, and am trying really hard to learn about the plants. I am an avid gardener and am studying to become and herbalist, but "gardening" in an aquarium is very scary to me still lol. I am trying to scour the boards and other sites for info so I dont ask all the questions that have been answered a million times already.

The 20 g is one of my favs as it sits inside an old tv. It looks really cool when its all set up and I am starting with that one. I will not be doing co2 on it, except for excel. Lighting is a bit hard as we have very little room to work with. Several years ago when we thought about adding more light we found some thin t5 strips that would fit.

A little more about me...stay at home mom to a 4 year old daughter and a 2 1/2 year old son. We have a little urban homestead with our gardens, chickens, ducks, and worm bin...we may add some bees as well. I also have 2 dogs (a great dane and a lab mix), 2 cats, and 3 rats. Before children I had up to 5 tanks going, but for the last several years it was down to 2, then 1 and now none, except for the betta tank.


20 g TV tank - ignored it for way too long so battling it back into shape

10g daughter's tank - battling hair algae though its kind of pretty:P

20 g son's tank - just getting up and going

(and planning and dreaming about getting my 55g and 75g set up soon!)
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 06:09 PM
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Hi Nicole! Welcome to the forum. I've joined a couple of months ago so I'm not the best welcoming committee for you but thought I'd say hello. It's a great place to share advice, stories, tanks pics, and plants.
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Welcome to TPT! Glad to have ya!

And I'd love to have a little farm like yours; I grew up on one like that.

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Hi Nicole! Sounds like youve got most of the food chain living at your house Welcome to the forum. People here are very friendly, helpful, and respectful. Dont hesitate to ask any questions along the way, someone will help you out. Good luck with your new tanks!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 03:23 PM
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Welcome to TPT Nicole .
This site is indeed full of a wealth of knowledgeable people, dedicated to helping others getting a good start (I would still be trying to grow terrestrial plants in my tank without them, thanks all :0).
Sounds like you have your hands full with your little farm and all. You have chickens, cool, I just found out we can have up to 4 in St Louis (ware Iím at) may be the next project!
Any whoo you found the right site to get you in to planted tanks,
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 03:29 PM
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Hello Nicole. I already like you the most of everyone because my name is Nicole too! lol

You could start out with a Riparium since you have a green thumb. That way you can have the best of both worlds.

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