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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2011, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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HELP: "Larry's Plant Aquarium"

Good evening Gents,

My name is Larry and yes — I have just discovered a new hobby! Plant aquariums, to me, seem like an underwater adventure, and I am determined to create my own.

However, I really need your help. I know nothing about the subject, and if I do this on my own I will screw up, terribly. Please help me create my plant aquarium. I need you — yes you— to create this aquarium with me. I will listen; I will learn; and I will then pass my learning onwards to new fans.

Please help me. I will keep you updated on everything I do. Pictures, feedback, prices. This will be an adventure, but I need your help. Please help me!

(Note: I have purchased nothing so far.)

Age: 20
Budget: $250-300 dollars

Preferred Tank: (N: Rimless, no more than 10g) (W: possibly cubed)

Feel: Jungle / Mossy Field

Fish: Small fish, no preference yet

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2011, 11:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
I highly suggest reading a few helpful articles when you first start out.



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Not running right out and buying something is just about the smartest thing you could have done.

The key to success in this hobby, or any other, is getting an education in it up front. There are many different methods used to create planted tanks, and if done correctly, all of them work. You need to find the one best for you.

If your more into conventional media, such as books, for an introduction I recommend Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock.
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Patience is key! Great to see you're planning before jumping right in. When on a tight budget, it is especially important to make wise purchases and get the most bang for your buck. Scour the SnS for deals on things you need - (read: resist the urge to buy unnecessary items just because they're a good deal!)

On your <10 gallon, you will be able to find a cheap light fixture and use DIY CO2. Since you won't be needing much substrate, it won't break the bank to pick up a quality product like ADA aquasoil. Likewise, liquid dosing might not be a bad idea. Dry ferts (EI dosing) on such a small tank might be difficult, especially on your first time around.

My best advice is to be patient and do your homework! Don't jump into anything. I guarantee you will change your mind on certain aspects after feeling like you're confident in a choice.
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fish: can not go wrong with a school of cardinal tetras (shown in the last picture) they are awesome! about $3 each if you have a local store that sells them. I know most Petsmarts sell them. I would only advise no more than 10 for a 10 gallon. However, fish are the last piece to the puzzle. Get everything else established first, including PLANTS!


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Try to learn about co2!

You can have a low light tank without co2 but if you want higher light you'll want co2.

You can keep a low light moss tank without co2 though.
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Hey guys! Just wanted to keep you updated on my tank project. I've decided to purchase this ADA rimless tank! It will look real groovy. Anything else I should purchase? I need a light for it!

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