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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a little information

Hi there everybody, I'm new to the forum.

My name is Stuart and i have just got a tank and really want to keep it as a planted aquarium with a few fish.

was just wondering how difficult it is to keep a lot of plants in a tank as i have never done this (i have never kept fish before either so am i throwing myself in at the deep end so to speak?)

i have a 3 foot long by 1 foot across tank which is maybe two foot deep. Have a pretty decent filter and a heater. not got lights yet though.

What else do i need to get? is there possibly already a thread on this?

Thanks everyone
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Welcome to TPT Stuart!

There are literally hundreds of threads on this. Browse the forums and look at the sticky threads. Also use the search to find more specific information.

You can also go to http://www.rexgrigg.com

There is a great getting started guide there.

Good luck,

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Welcome to the forum Piratefleet

First off there are some things that should be answered:
  1. What type of lighting do you have?(Brand, wattage of bulb, bulb type)
  2. What are you looking to acheive with this?(Low light and low tech or High Light and High tech)
  3. What is you budget going to allow?

If you go the low light low tech route(1-2wpg) look at the thread Excellent List Of Low Light Plants. The list has been updated with links to pictures and information. If you go this route then CO2 and fertilizers would not be a nessecity(although woul help in plant growth). Someone else can chime in with information about High Light and High Tech though.

Luckily there are many inhabitants for the planted tank. Shrimp have gained popularity as they are easy to breed and care for. Tetras are colorful and active along with Danios, Rasbora, Barbs. Then there are many small catfish like Corydoras and Otocinclus that can be used in the tank. Along with some Dwarf Plecostomus that can get pricey. You can have a wide range of fish for centerpieces that range from Larger Gouramis to Dwarf Cichlids. There is possibilities.

Substrate is a key componet for alot of things. Most people would push towards ADA Aquasoil, Eco Complete, Flourite but you can even have a tank with just sand or regular gravel in it.


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I agree with above post. You need to decide how much you want to spend and how much time you want to invest.
More Light=More Time/Cash
Less Light= Less Time/Cash

What is the actual size of your tank???

I thinks its a 65 gallon or 45 gallon.

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Hi again everyone. I did a wee bit of thinking about what has been said in this thread.

rekabrekab - i reckon after doing a quick bit of calculation that its 45 gallon

I think i will probably go down the route of low light - low cost/time to begin with and see how i get on. if i cope ok i may think about upgrading to a higher amount of light... i assume this can look more visually impressive and be more rewarding?

Always fancied having shrimps so i will probably get some! Also tetras are lovely so will probably get a school of those too!

Will probably get my substrate today and my lights.

thanks for the advice, i will let yous know how i get on!!
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