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Old 05-25-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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Help! Pico or a planted tank?

Not sure this is in the right place but I figured it was a "fluff" thread so here it is. lol

I now have my 10g fry tank available. I wanted to make it a planted tank with some glo fish maybe. BUT i totally fell in love with a Fluval 2g Pico tank.
I'd like to concentrate my efforts for now and just pick one.

I have been planning the planted for a couple months but I'm really unsure if I can keep a planted tank alive, I can't keep cactus' alive for petes sake. But I would really love to have some cool colored glo fish swimming around in a sea of green.

The pico would be a great place to house my candycane goby from my biocube and would allow me to get some sexy shrimp since I can't keep them in the cube cause it's way too big.

Both will cost about the same after all is said and done.

For reference I have 5 sw tanks and 3 fw tanks. I only keep cichlids so the idea of "happy" fish is appealing. But so is the pico tank.

Heres the link on the pico
https://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.c...1&pcatid=22661

What do you guys think? I'm totally torn.....
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I'm thinking you'll end up doing both in the end

I'm having a similar issue with my empty 10g. Planted? QT? Breeding? Betta?
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10g? Throw some plants and shrimp up in that *****.
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Haha! That's what I'm leaning toward. Really want to do plants. Would shrimp and a betta get along?
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:22 PM   #5
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I'm still so unsure. lol I have the 10g here and I'm so bored. I feel like painting the back and maybe going with the 10g
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Make up your mind quickly so you can start your cycling process, that whole process makes me so impatient!
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I have a perfectly cycled filter currently in another 10g. So no cycle for me. I just took the fish out yesterday.
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This hobby will teach patience for sure! Something I do not have much of!

Carey, do you have live plants in other tanks? If not, I'd love to see you add them to your repertoire!
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I vote pico! I just started my first nano reef, I got a 6gallon fluval edge.
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Live plants are the only thing I don't have. I'm petrified to start it thoguh LOL. I'm more scared of doing this 10g than I am the 125g reef. I feel so much more secure with sw but I would love to have a happy fw fish tank.

If I got the special plant soil/substrate today when could I plant? I'm that bored. BUT I also wanted to paint the tank black and use black substrate. That's my plan anyways

If I go with the pico I have to wait for it to arrive and catch the goby out of my 29g which will be some serious work, he's soooo tiny
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