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    Fish Aquarium Folks

    Not sure how many of you are out there but I have a 55 gal tank, currently holding a small snapper. Once spring finally comes I plan to give him away or release him and converting my tank into a live plant aquarium. I have read a little bit on the internet but I wanted to see if anyone else has created a live plant aquarium? What did you start out with and all that stuff? I want some ideas of what to do.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    depends on the fish kinda. Cichlids will tear it apart. i used to have oscars and then a jack dempsy and a fire mouth. They like to make territories by digging and making pits kinda and then piling up the gravel elsewhere.



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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    I only use live plants in my aquarium. I think the plastic ones are mostly cheesy.

    Some plants don't grow really well, but I found if I fertilized them and used a special spectrum plant light in the aquarium, they did a lot better. I'm cheap, and I want a lot of plants in the aquarium, so I tended to buy a lot of packages of plant bulbs and grow them myself instead of buying mature plants. I also was able to get some fairly cheaply at fish shows.

    I tend to stay away from small floating plants...they seemed to be more trouble than they were worth with filters, etc. I also don't like the plants that require weights to anchor them in the gravel...they seemed to get pulled up easily. I prefer those with a root system.

    Your fish will love you for having real plants!

    P.S. Don't put snails in with live plants. They'll devour them.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    My planted tank uses Eco-complete as a substrate. Lighting on my 55 gallon is HOT5 it has 4-54 watt bulbs -awesome, but expensive ($300). Also use bulbs in the 6700K range...

    I fertilize with the Estimative Index. Do a google search to read about it or check out plantedtank.net and barrreport.com and another nice site which sells equipment is greenleafaquariums.com.

    I'm a big fan of CO2 injection, which helps the plants grow about 10x faster than without.

    Definitely check out plantedtank.net, there is a ton of info on there and the guys in the forums will help you out with anything you need.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    depends on the fish kinda. Cichlids will tear it apart. i used to have oscars and then a jack dempsy and a fire mouth. They like to make territories by digging and making pits kinda and then piling up the gravel elsewhere.
    I was planning on sticking with my guppies and tetras for awhile. Let the aquarium be the attraction and not the fish.

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I only use live plants in my aquarium. I think the plastic ones are mostly cheesy.

    Some plants don't grow really well, but I found if I fertilized them and used a special spectrum plant light in the aquarium, they did a lot better. I'm cheap, and I want a lot of plants in the aquarium, so I tended to buy a lot of packages of plant bulbs and grow them myself instead of buying mature plants. I also was able to get some fairly cheaply at fish shows.

    I tend to stay away from small floating plants...they seemed to be more trouble than they were worth with filters, etc. I also don't like the plants that require weights to anchor them in the gravel...they seemed to get pulled up easily. I prefer those with a root system.

    Your fish will love you for having real plants!

    P.S. Don't put snails in with live plants. They'll devour them.
    Where have you been getting your bulbs and how long do they take to grow?


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    The only fish even worth having in planted tanks are:

    Tetras
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    Rainbowfish
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    Trust me on that. I've had experience with just about everything. I'm to the point where I prefer Rainbowfish... they are expensive and hard to find cool varieties, but they are active and colorful.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post


    Where have you been getting your bulbs and how long do they take to grow?
    It's gotten harder to find them. They used to be in Wal-Marts, but I'm not sure if they still are. I've found them at Petcos sometimes.

    Here's a link:

    Grow Your Own Live Aquarium Plants at PETCO

    and if you don't have a Petco:

    AquariumPlants.com Largest online sales / service site for the live aquarium plants & aquarium products community.

    They only take a week or so to sprout, and are pretty good sized in a month or so, depending on water conditions.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    At first, I thought he meant he was only going to have plants in the aquarium and no animals or even water. Hahaha.

    I was thinkin that was purty lame.



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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    Quote Originally Posted by illinoiscyclone View Post
    At first, I thought he meant he was only going to have plants in the aquarium and no animals or even water. Hahaha.

    I was thinkin that was purty lame.
    Yeah, that's called a terrarium.


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    Re: Fish Aquarium Folks

    Also I am looking for some drift wood. I would go pull one out of the skunk but it may take forever to leach. I have looked at a few stores around Des Moines but they seemed pretty expensive. Anyone have some decent driftwood or know where I could buy some.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    Also I am looking for some drift wood. I would go pull one out of the skunk but it may take forever to leach. I have looked at a few stores around Des Moines but they seemed pretty expensive. Anyone have some decent driftwood or know where I could buy some.
    Just boil the driftwood in a big pot. It makes just about everything leach out and it kills all the bacteria. Never buy it, they charge ridiculous prices for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    Also I am looking for some drift wood. I would go pull one out of the skunk but it may take forever to leach. I have looked at a few stores around Des Moines but they seemed pretty expensive. Anyone have some decent driftwood or know where I could buy some.
    I've bought some at pet stores before, but you're right, it's highway robbery there.


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