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Old 02-06-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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I'm getting a new 55 gallon starter kit from petsmart this weekend and I know I want it planted with easy plants and I'm stocking with 4-5 angels and a few cories but my question is what plants are appealing to the eye that I can do the basic weekly ferts maybe a couple diy co2 pop bottles the kit comes with 2 24 inch T8 full spectrum bulbs so low light and minimal maintenance it's gonna be a living room show piece and while cycling just a planted show piece also suggestions on cycling
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I would say java fern, sword plants Anubis, water sprite, banana plants would flourish with mid light and some good DIY co2 but only 1 caution stick with a max of four angels and you should be good
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I know lots of people don't like the flourish lights from petsmart but I really like it and plants grow really fast
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Thanks for the info I'll check out the flourish lighting and I heard with the topfin 55 dimensions are actually about a 48 gallon tank after your substrate so yeah ill either do 4 angels or set up the filtration to an aqua clear 60 or something with a little more filtration to get a few bottom dwellers to fit in
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:26 PM   #5
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Sounds great I like the Cory's cool outgoing fish to have, are u going with a sand substrate or gravel?
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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Alittle of both to cap the flourish dark I'm planning to put just Incase I ever decide to go ahead and high tech it later with better lights and an actual co2 system I like scaping and this will be my first fully planted tank I have a 20 long that's scaped with plastic and silk plants but nothing real big and also a 2.5 gallon with dwarf hair grass I'm growing out to put in the 55 I'm planning
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:38 PM   #9
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Well if you need some extra current a top fin 50 power head will be the best bet my sand looked horrible until I installed it.
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Cool I'll look it up thabjs
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