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no idea what to put in this tank!

I am a total noob to this. I was referred here by the kind folks over on the loach forum. I have read up on plant care and the importance of substrate. However, I am at a loss as to what plants I should put into my new tank. I want something that will be compatible with my fish and fairly easy to maintain for a beginner. I am starting up a 75 gallon and plan on starting out with 5-6 yo yo loaches, a red tailed shark and 8-10 tiger barbs. Any ideas?
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What kind of lights? You may be able to get away with the Swords, Moss, Crypts, and Anubias.
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I cant help you with what you should put in the tank but i know the experts here need more information to help you. Meaning the lighting you have, if you are using Co2, how far are you willing to go for the tank and what type of tank you want (high tech, low tech, median tech)
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Agreed, lighting is critical when putting together a planted tank.

Do you want to put together a high tech planted tank (and spend $200-300 on a pressurized CO2 setup and fertilizers) or stick with a simpler, cheaper, low tech setup? You'll need different light fixtures depending on which way you want to go.





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Agreed, lighting is critical when putting together a planted tank.

Do you want to put together a high tech planted tank (and spend $200-300 on a pressurized CO2 setup and fertilizers) or stick with a simpler, cheaper, low tech setup? You'll need different light fixtures depending on which way you want to go.
Definately the simpler, cheaper route. I don't want to get crazy, but would like the plants for the water quality benefits and to provide cover for my loaches mostly...
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How heavily do you want to plant your tank?

If you only want light to moderate plantload and are OK sticking with plants like Java ferns, mosses, Anubias, swords, and crypts, then I'm going to recommend getting a Coralife T5NO for your tank: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight48

If you also want to keep an easy carpeting plant and some stem plants, then you could use 2x of those fixtures. You'll probably only need to run the 2nd fixture for part of the day, but it should increase your light level to the point that you could be successful with more plant species, yet not so much light that you'd need to get a pressurized CO2 setup for your tank.

I'll advise you to stay away from T5HO fixtures as they will push you directly into the "high light" category, and you WILL need CO2 to keep up with them.





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[QUOTE=lauraleellbp;1110058]How heavily do you want to plant your tank?

If you only want light to moderate plantload and are OK sticking with plants like Java ferns, mosses, Anubias, swords, and crypts, then I'm going to recommend getting a Coralife T5NO for your tank: QUOTE]

This sounds like exacly what I'm shooting for. Thanks! I know that loaches can be pretty rough on plants, do you have any experience with yo yo loaches?
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Last time I had a yoyo loach it turned my tank into a mudbath digging for snails in my substrate LOL

So yeah, you may want to plan accordingly.

If you focus on plants that you tie onto rocks and driftwood (Java ferns, mosses, and Anubias) then that shoudl help, and you can get some big swords and Crypts and give them a week or two to get well rooted before adding the Yoyos, and that should help.





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Bigger anubias on the substrate will work too. Their roots systems grow so massive they aren't easily unrooted. Even if you did have one get unrooted, it really doesn't matter. It will grow just fine that way and send out new anchor roots.
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