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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2006, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie Saying Hello!!

Hey Folks,

I've been reading through your posts as I've been researching for my new tank and want to thank you for all the excellent advice, experience and general helpfulness you guys bring to this forum. I hope as time goes on I will be able to paricipate and add my lessons learned as well. I started up what I hope to be a Low Tech tank last week. 55 gallon with eco complete for the substrate. The tank came from a friend with some gold fish and after a week everything seems cycled and good to go. I stole some ideas on design from the gallery and got some rocks yesterday. Looking sharp. Now it's time for some plants and some fish. And a light of course. While I have a tech head and understand biology and chemistry I'm going to try to keep it simple and regulate the tank balancing the volume of plants, fish and light without using "ferts" or CO2 if I can help it. It seems the broader leaved plants are the way to go for low light. I'd like to have an assortment of small schooling fish and some cleaners for my live stock. I understand goldfish can be a problem in a planted tank and wonder if the LFS will generally take them in or trade for new. They are healthy and strong with clean healthy fins. Just wanted to say hello. Once I get a camera I'll post my tank. I expect you'll be hearing from me once I experience and algea bloom or another disaster!! Wish Me Luck!
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Good luck, Seadog256!

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Welcome aboard Seadog!

let us know when you decode to venture up to North Jersey!

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I'm a newbie to this forum as well, and I'm very impressed with the kind advice and discussions I've found here. Good luck with your tank!
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Originally Posted by Momotaro
Welcome aboard Seadog!

let us know when you decode to venture up to North Jersey!


Mike, you beat me to it! AArgh

Welcome Seadog!
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Thanks for the welcome. You're going to have to help me out here. What's in "North Jersey"? I have found a store down here where I like the looks of the fish and the staff seems helpful and knowledgable. Went to another one this weekend looking for plants but wasn't too implressed with the general health of the tanks in there. Lots of algea in all the tanks. Heavy green crusty stuff. I think it's a new store so maybe they're just trying to get thier own stuff balanced and put together. On a large scale like that I would imagine it takes some time. I think I might mail order some plants this week and get things started.
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