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I have had fish tanks in my house for many years but have never been
interested in live plants. Now Im kinda interested in getting them
but have no idea of what to get, what to do when I get them, or anything.
I will probably put them in my 29 gal tank that I use as a feeder
tank so that if something goes wrong its no big deal. in that tank
I have a pen. bio wheel 160. is the application the same as with a
undergravel filter? any comments would be appreciated cause I have
never had them before.
- alright steve! now we are talking...but before we begin you need
to ask yourself what you want your tank to be in the end..what you
have now..is the a new set-up or one you have already going?...you
need to understand about your tank and it's resident fish,filtration,light
and substrate.and the cost factors envolved...it can be easy and rewarding
or real frustrating and disapointing...so think on this for a bit
and let me now where your are and where you want to go with this..than
we can all help each other out.
- Right now I have washed gravel with a pen. biowheel for filtration.
I do have a undergravel filter in the bottom but no lift tubes or
anything hooked up to it (I do this so I can stick my plastic plants
in them instead of the store anchors) It has been cycling for about
a month with some tuffys and a couple chineese agle eaters. Those
are expendable except for the alge eaters which I can either leave
in there or move to a different tank. I havnt really decided what
I want to put in the tank but I know I dont want anything really big.
A medium mixture of community fish would probaby work fine. Actually
this might be backwards but I dont mind selecting the fish depending
on what plants I have then selecting the plants to match the fish.
I like the look bog wood gives me and would really like to find a
ground covering moss to grow on the rocks and bog wood. I really like
the look of the tank on the Biotope page (congo). the link is www.badmanstropicalfish.com/biotope/congo.gif
anyway that picture is a pretty good idea of what I would like to
try. basicly I want to have a tank with lots of plants and then add
some fish. key on the plants. jeff maybe you can tell me a time that
would work for you and we can meet on the chat room to talk about
this. the message board is great but kinda hard for applications like
this where I need ALOT of information. thanks.
- I will let Jeff advise on the plants since he has more experience
although I have tons and tons of crypt. As far as those Chinese algae
eaters go please do not get any Angels they will suck on their sides
and stress the fish(also any other slow moving fish).Siamese algae
eaters are the nice ones.
- thanks joyce...I do not wish to leave you or anyone out of this...we
will let you know how it's progressing and get back with imput from
you and the others..long posts can be a bit much..
- It's okay...plants are definately not my thing! The only thing I
can grow is dandelion crypt...haha. Let us know how things turn out.
- thanks for the vote of confidence steve and don't worry too much
about your tank we will find a happy medium for you..as for the chat
room...it's really hard for me to do that because of my shifts at
work...perhaps home e-mail if you don't mind then we can go from there
if that's Ok with you...
- Hey message board, email, carrier pigeon,....Im open if your willing
to help. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org I looked in the plants section
of badmans page and saw some plants I like, as a matter of fact I
saw some that I have the plastic replicas. I havnt gone to the store
and looked and saw what they carry in my area but Im asuming that
they carry pretty much the same thing all over the states. The snails
post kinda scared me though. see thats something that I didnt know
about the live plants is the snsails thing. Thanks for all the help.
Im going to be taking some pictures soon of my tanks and I will get
them on line somewhere (hopefully badmans page) so that you can take