wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

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Ok folks I have finally gotten my stuff together and I am ready to get my new 55G up and at it! I really really want the beauty of planted community tank. please advise your idea of setup options. Including filtration, lighting, fish species, subsrate with or without C02. so far I have my 120G and 29G with an Oscar and one JD in the 120 with I forget the plant name...hawthorne??? floating type. I have two small spotted Raphaels in the 29 with a fancy gold fish and about 8 ghost shrimp. I would like to utilize the raphaels in the 120 or the new 55G...suggestions people of OFL please help this rookie out!!!!! lol please and thank you!
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jnet replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

I would put rafs in big tank make sure they have hiding space :) And are not too small to be eaten

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Listen to Ken hes good you need lots of lighting for plants and then co2 and fert, What length, height of tank? What lights are you running? And what fish are you looking to get?

Does your fancy not eat the shrimp? Not sure I would put them together, is it heated tank?

I'm living my life, but not necessarily in the right order :)

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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

BigKen and Nina are two people that have some great planted tanks and would be a great help to you. If I missed anyone else I apologize. I would send them a PM and ask them to check out your thread. :)
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jnet replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

Sandra what about my tank :(

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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

That's what I forgot. Sorry. I did mean to finally look at that thread of yours Jnet.
Jnet can of course also be lots of help. She does take on quite a few projects.
I am however useless when it comes to any kind of plant. In or out of the water. They simply come to my house to die. :laugh:
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jnet replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

Im joking Sandra my planted tank is desting to fail its doomed from start :)

I do take on projects Im not saying Im any good but one thing to remember is take your time and plan everything. :)

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Nina_W replied the topic: wonderful new world of a new planted tank.

There's basically two types of planted tanks (and a mid way between them, but ok).

High tech - high light, CO2 injection, fertilisers added nearly daily to the tank. With this setup, you can grow ANYTHING. But, it takes some time to balance out everything to prevent algae and to get good growth. And the lighting is expensive, almost no tank comes with the kind of lights you need as a standard fitting.

Low tech - lower light, no CO2, no fertilisers (well, maybe eventually), and you're a bit more limited in plant choices.

(the mid way, of course, is medium light with some fertilisers, and you have a range of plants a bit larger than the low tech people, but still not anything like the high tech people can do)

So the first question would be, what kind of planted tank do you want to have?

Some places to start reading, for high tech:
www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/38-plants/241905-planted-tank-basics-pt-1-substrates
www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/38-plants/242562-planted-tank-basics-pt-2-lighting
www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/38-plants/242231-planted-tank-basics-pt-3-fertilizing-a-co2

and for low tech:
www.google.co.za/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ca...eFt7mFpg&sig2=Xo3QdKMxczzXGJVkVGwnyg&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.d2k (a pdf, but worth reading - here it is used to apply to shrimps, but it is the same principle for every size tank)
www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/aquarium-plants/basic-approach-natural-planted-aquarium-part-34861/
www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/aquarium-plants/basic-approach-natural-planted-aquarium-part-34859/
www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/aquarium-plants/basic-approach-natural-planted-aquarium-part-34858/
www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/aquarium-plants/basic-approach-natural-planted-aquarium-part-34862/

Ken has a high tech tank, I have a low tech tank. Jnet has also set up a low tech tank (she was limited by her lights), so we get to see it develop :)
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