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what is your BIGGEST mistake?

If you had to do ONE thing over in your planted aquarium, what would it be?
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Make the tank level.

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I capped the eco-complete with regular aquarium gravel. now I hate the way it looks and I can't get a carpet with the HC or dwarf hair grass
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I would have purchased the single HUGE piece of driftwood I originally found instead of the 3 smaller pieces I ultimately bought. I thought it would give me more versatility, but it really just made things more difficult and the appearance less grandiose.

Overall though, this website sure helped to prevent me from making any serious mistakes. I'm very happy with how my first tank turned out and continues to progress, all due to the great resources here.
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I guess I can add to the list too.... Don't buy crappy equipment! save up money to buy the better stuff in the beginning because you will be buying the better equipment down the road.. spending double the amount at the end.
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Left the fish in the bag because you got home at midnight and thought they would make it until the morning


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Mixing fluorite with eco complete.. I had a nice layer of fluorite on the bottom and eco on top.. when I moved, All that stuff got mixed in and now I hate it. =/


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Make the tank level.
This. Finding this site before I started my tank would have also solved a lot of problems...
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1. too much light and not enough CO2 and nutrients.

2. having mineralized soil with fish that likes to dig.


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not getting aquasoil and having a 3 substrate mix including mts and a sand cap with cories (you can guess from here)

Also, not getting good lights or a good co2 system to start. . . .

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I capped the eco-complete with regular aquarium gravel. now I hate the way it looks and I can't get a carpet with the HC or dwarf hair grass
I can't get HC or dwarf hair grass I think I'm redoing the substrate in May for this reason alone.

alternatively...the best thing I ever did was finding this site.
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buying a little tiny Bala Shark for my 90 gallon without doing the research on how big they get.

Now I have a full size (11 +/-) Bala Shark in my 90 gallon. I am looking for someone locally that will take him.
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buying a little tiny Bala Shark for my 90 gallon without doing the research on how big they get.

Now I have a full size (11 +/-) Bala Shark in my 90 gallon. I am looking for someone locally that will take him.

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I would not have set up a 125 gallon tank in a significant other's house before moving in...

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choose different plants and take the time to make a nice scape. the plants i chose just get waaay too big for a 10 gallon.

i got so excited to make my first planted tank that i just sort of threw the plants in willy nilly. i still like the tank, but it is a jungle.

here's a picture:

it needs a trim desperately as the ludwigia and the bacopa are taking over (i expected them to grow to the surface and stop, but they didn't), but i want to hold of on trimming because i want to save the clippings to help soak up nutrients in the tank i'm working on now.
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