Starting out

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Starting out

Postby deathwishdave » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:51 pm

Please could someone offer some advice, or point me towards the relevant information.

I wish to create a planted tank, I have the following tank ... 0000021820.
Could someone advise me what substrate to use for a beginner. I would like it to be reasonably priced, and attractive to look at, not too much to ask I hope :-)

Having searched the internet, a lot of advice seems to be for american consumers, I was after some UK specific advice.

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Re: Starting out

Postby Carylnz » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:06 pm

Well I am in NZ but my advice still suits you...
Just use the gravel commonly sold in the pet shops. There is nothing wrong with it and you can have a well planted tank without adding specialised substrates.
I have never added anything special, or fertilisers, and have to prune my plants often as they grow so fast.
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Re: Starting out

Postby 4eye » Wed Jan 15, 2014 11:58 am

i was worrid about my pebble substrate(10mm-25mm) when i planted,as 2-5mm grav was what was being said to me....but i still have that pebble sub and now a reasonably nice planted aquarium :mrgreen:

there is much on ebay to look at but best to see a recommended it helps to look up the fish you wish to keep and see what their natural habitat is like to give you ideas/themes ect....
Flame head tetra
Silvertip tetra
Glow light tetra
Neon tetra
Red phantom tetra
Albino corydoras
Chinese algy eater

1 White Cloud Mountain minnow stowaway from store

4ft of ich ....bloody typical!
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Re: Starting out

Postby deathwishdave » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:05 pm

Thanks for the advice guys!
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