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Old 07-21-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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Smile Looking to start a planted aquarium...

I'm looking to start a 20 gallon planted aquarium that I can eventually keep maybe some plain guppies or tetras in. I researched it a bit, and am still a bit lost. I would like some plants that are not super hard to take care of, but are still interesting. Any pointers/suggestions?


29 gallon - I've had a 29 gallon for 2 years now, it was my first tank. It's filled with many plastic plants and aquarium ornaments, and currently houses 2 mature platies and a ton of platy fry (when they're big enough I'm donating them to the LFS,) 5 neon tetras, 4 red eye tetras, and 2 peppered cory cats.
20 gallon - I've just gotten this tank, and would like to try live plants this time. Not sure where to begin.

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First you need to figure out the lighting and then go from there. Low light plants like mosses, java fern and anubia are always a good place to start.

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What light you have will determine not only plants, but also substrate & other equipment needed.

You can look through this for some ideas of a basic low light tank:
PG: Setting up your first planted tank - PlantGeek.net
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
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