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Old 12-06-2016, 11:53 PM   #1
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Looking for some plants to add to this 55 gal. Tank that do not require C02 (don't think I'm ready for that yet). The substrate is pool filter sand. I'm also looking to get some Cory's, neons, tetras, and mollies so advice on the fish would help to! I grew up with aquariums but never got into it until now, so this is technically my first one. Really, any advice helps.

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Old 12-07-2016, 12:17 AM   #2
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You will want some low light, low maintenance plants it sounds like. I would recommend:
-anubias (there are MANY different types)
-Java ferns ^both of these cannot be planted, but need to be tied onto decor, rocks or wood.
- Amazon swords (need a root tab beneath them because they're heavy root feeders)
-crypts (also like root tabs)
-wisteria
-water Sprite
-aponogeton bulbs
-hygrophylla
-Java moss

Remember to add fish gradually, not all at once, because your tank will need to go through the nitrogen cycle.

Your stock list sounds good to me. You could even do some bigger fish like a few angels if you'd like. Best to add them as babies though so they don't think the neons are a snack. I'm a sucker for nice koi angels.
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Thank you! This is a huge help. I knew about gradually adding fish and I know I have to let the water cycle through for about 2 weeks before adding any, but do I need to do the same with the plants? Or can I start adding plants whenever? Patience is a virtue, but im excited to get this thing up and running
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You can add plants right away! They will actually use up ammonia while the tank is cycling
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Actually, you can add fish now. Waiting 2 weeks will accomplish nothing (that's not cycling). But it will give you time to figure out what you want to add.
What I would do is decide on the decor (rocks, driftwood, plants, etc), get it setup and finalized and then add the fish. A few at a time.
And read up on the nitrogen cycle.
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Haha thanks Fresh, didn't catch that- I replied distractedly while at work.
OP, he's right. In order for the beneficial bacteria to start growing, you've gotta feed it with fish poo! Add the most hardy species first, and you'll need to keep a close eye on the ammonia.
If you can, get a piece of filter media from an established tank to seed your new filter with bacteria.
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I do add liquid ferts 3x weekly....depending on lighting 1x weekly might work for you. I buy Thrive all in one from Amazon or NiloCG Aquatics. 1 pump is the dose. Easy !

I am using Excel for now as a Carbon source as I'm growing some stuff. I will be buying a CO2 rig sometime. I'm having some algae that I'm dealing with.




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You will want some low light, low maintenance plants it sounds like. I would recommend:
-anubias (there are MANY different types)
-Java ferns ^both of these cannot be planted, but need to be tied onto decor, rocks or wood.
- Amazon swords (need a root tab beneath them because they're heavy root feeders)
-crypts (also like root tabs)
-wisteria
-water Sprite
-aponogeton bulbs
-hygrophylla
-Java moss
I agree with all this. Howkie10, you'll want some fertilizers for the plants, too. I can recommend Easy Green from Aquarium Co-Op. Very easy and economical. You'll want to give the wisteria root tabs, too. Both Seachem and API make good ones.

And be sure to post pics as the tank develops.
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