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RE: [plant_list] [APD] New Set Up

I agree that 55's just aren't 'easy' to aquascape.  I love my 75, but it
sounds like you require a shallow tank.
Look at breeder tanks for sure.  I picked up a 40g and set it up as a
saltwater tank precisely because it's 3' long so I could use 96watt PC
bulbs, and due to the shallowness I can get by with a little less light to
keep corals thriving (when I do get corals).  Since 5-6wpg is ideal for a
reef setup, you can see why I went shallower...so I could keep my beloved
PC's and not have to invest in MH lighting.


-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces+gstearns=neb_rr.com at actwin.com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces+gstearns=neb_rr.com at actwin.com] On Behalf Of
Robert Armas
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2004 2:14 AM
To: Aquatic Plants List
Subject: [plant_list] [APD] New Set Up

In about two months, after moving by the end of August to the new home, I
will finally will fulfill my desire: to set up and mantain a planted tank.
I need some advice and guidance.
I will select something between 40 and 75 gallons, if the tank is too high,
I may consider removing the top frame, have it cut down to near 12 inches by
a glass cutter and putting back the top frame with silicone.
I will use pressurized CO2 and reto-kits of CF light (sold by AH Supplies).
Filter will be canister, probably Eheim( the one with the heater included
Now regarding the flora and fauna, I will like(does not mean I will get)a
South American biotope, heavy on the plants side and about 4 or 5 wild
peruvian angelfishes, a shoal of cardinal tetras or black neon tetras, a
couple of siamese alga eaters and a squadron of Cardinia or other specie of
shrimps that tolerate the low PH, low KH and high temp., and of course do a
decent job on the algae.
Will the angels make a meal of the shrimps or they can coexist together?
Will my only option as "prized fishes" be limited to blue rams only?
What plants will you recommend for this tank?

Thanks in advance,

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